Tuesday, 17 March 2020

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FRA#44 - Project delayed and teleworking resources

Due to the situation of confinement in the European Union, and with the support of the Erasmus+ National Agency, we shall momentarily suspend the mobility process of the E-STAFF project, as well as all the film-making activities. The E-STAFF, which was to take place in the European Parliament Strasbourg at the end of May, is delayed to this Autumn.

In the meantime, we are organizing teleworking with all our students. Here are some resources and hints in that purpose :


1. How to make a proper film review at home : download the worksheet we used during the cinema festivals. The students can watch a film of their choice and write its review using this document. 

Remember: don't spoil the film in your review, concentrate your summary on the beginning of the film! Also, be careful to make the difference between what is a good actor and what is a good character. You may read examples of other students' film reviews here.


2) In addition to the previous document, on the image below, you can see how to connect the five film categories of the E-STAFF (Best Film, Best story, Filmmaking, Acting and Cultural Heritage) to the various cinema vocabulary and skills we studied in class, during the cinema festivals and during the whole filmmaking process. Students can use this image to compare different films or film extracts they watched, make a ranking of those films and justify this ranking.



3) Students can also watch a good youtube channel about cinema history and/or criticism. Here is Le Fossoyeur de Films (in French) but there are many others...! Example with "La Peur au Cinéma" (Fear in Cinema) which evokes, for instance, German expressionist cinema - but not only - with a lot of humor, explaining lots of cinema notions and techniques :



4) They can finally shoot a report about their life in confinement, speak of their daily routine, to share with their friends and develop their editing skills... For those who don't have an editing software, it is possible to edit videos online with Adobe Spark. But there is also open-source and free software on the internet.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

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FRA#43 - Student written reports of the mobility in Annonay


Here is a short selection of the written reports the French, Spanish and Bulgarian students made during the mobility in Annonay 2020, about the various film they saw during the First Featured Film Festival. 

For the students' video reports >>> click here.

For a trailer of the various activities and a recap of the training >>> click here.



Monday, 24 February 2020

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PL#28 Remembering Film Festival in Annonay

Remembering Film Festival in Annonay 


The Annonay Film Festival was an unforgettable experience for all the students participating. 
It was time for broadening the film analysis knowledge as well as upgrading the editing skills. Students watched masterpieces of cinematography, discussed them, shot reviews and, above all, lived with French families - their families at that time!!!

Here is a short film report on the meeting. 


Here are the students' memories from the time they spent with wonderful French families:


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PL#27 Working on the storyboard of 2nd film

 Working on the storyboard of 2nd film

The second film makings are in progress. 

We have already made up our minds about the plot of the film. We have also written the script and chosen the cast, which is really great.

We are in the middle of the storyboarding, which takes its time. But we are doing well although we are still facing a lot of hard work.






Saturday, 22 February 2020

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FRA#42 - Student video reports of the mobility in Annonay

Ten international groups of 4 students filmed their E-STAFF mobility on the First Featured Film Festival of Annonay 2020, performing reviews of the films of the festival in English, and making a short video report about the cultural heritage of the city of Lyon. The groups edited the videos on the last day of the mobility during a specific workshop and here are the results. Note that certain sections of certain videos were deleted due to the absence of sound. Sorry for that inconvenience.











Friday, 14 February 2020

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FRA#41 - Student mobility in Annonay - video recap


The second E-STAFF mobility on the Annonay First Featured Film Festival has ended. Here is a video about all the activities we made during this mobility, with our Spanish and Polish friends from Manresa and Gdansk. The students also made video reports and film reviews in international groups about this week. They will be available soon on the site...


The results of the votes for the final ceremony were :

Best Film : 
1. Nevada
2. Papicha
3. My Extraordinary Summer With Tess
4. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain

Best Story :
1. Nevada
2. Papicha
3. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
4. My Extraordinary Summer With Tess

 Filmmaking :

1. Papicha
2. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
3. Nevada
4. My Extraordinary Summer With Tess

 Acting :
1. Nevada
2. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
3. Papicha
4.  My Extraordinary Summer With Tess

Cultural Heritage :
1. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
2. Nevada
3. Papicha
4.  My Extraordinary Summer With Tess

Video slideshow of the training (included the trailers and extracts from the films) :


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CAT#47– Our final day in Annonay – FEDAC Manresa Mobility to Annonay Report


CAT#47– Our final day in Annonay – FEDAC Manresa Mobility to Annonay Report



Everything comes to an end eventually, and so are Erasmus mobilities. On our last day in Annonay students have edited their video reviews on the 4 films they have watched during the week. They have also posted their opinions on the etwinning site about the movies and also about the cultural heritage they got to know during the past few days.
In the afternoon, they have learn about the process of voting for the films in the context of any film festival. They have debated the films within each category and they had to argue the reason for voting one or another.
The last part was of course the certificates. We all got the certificates and took a nice group photo which will be for us a good memory of this last day.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

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CAT#46– Watching movies at the Annonay Film Festival – FEDAC Manresa Mobility to Annonay Report


CAT#46– Watching movies at the Annonay Film Festival – FEDAC Manresa Mobility to Annonay Report




Today it has been the second round of films for us at the Annonay Film Festival. We have watched a moving film called “Nevada” about a man and a mustang horse in a federal prison in the USA. Students have reviewed the movie and they have been touched with the story. After lunch, we have watched our last movie in the Festival. “Papicha” is about the political situation in Algeria during the terrorist attacks the country suffered in the 90s, and how young girls were going through the important changes their society was going through. It has been a tough movie to watch, but very interesting all the same.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

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CAT#45– Visiting Lyon’s Cultural Heritage – FEDAC Manresa Mobility to Annonay Report


CAT#45– Visiting Lyon’s Cultural Heritage – FEDAC Manresa Mobility to Annonay Report





Lyon has a lot to offer, and today our students, the Polish students and all the French hosts have visited the important landmarks in Lyon. We have started in the old town with the beautiful cathedral. We have then visited the Cinema Museum where we have learned about movie sets and effects, as well as accessories and other props.
After the museum, we have visited the passageways typical from Lyon and we have walked up hill to find a nice spot to have lunch. After lunch, we have returned to the old town where we have taken the funicular to the Roman sites. There, we have visited the Museum of the Roman heritage and we the roman theatre.  A beautiful day.

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