Year 10 girls Abby Greenhalgh and Hannah Riley attended the annual Girls' Schools Association's annual conference this week, as BGSG delegates with a difference.
After a workshop with Eye Film, they produced a fabulous visual report of the conference. Inspired by the experience of creating their own short film, Abby and Hannah wrote the following interesting account:
‘On 20 November 2017 we journeyed to The Principal Hotel, Manchester to attend the Girls’ School Association (GSA) Annual Conference where head teachers from across the country come together to network and listen to guest speakers. They are then able to return to cascade ideas to other school communities.
We began the day with a quick tour around the exhibition rooms, looking around at what’s on offer and taking advantage of the many (mainly food) freebies. Following that, we started to discuss with Eye Film the ideas for creating our own short film where we would have to produce it ourselves using professional equipment and editing software. As well as this, we were asked to interview various people at the conference about how the GSA affects them personally.
After learning the basics of film production we were ready to go. We decided to make our film about a potential pupil voice conference where students have a say in how the GSA can benefit them more. It was suggested that we would interview our principal Mrs Anderson, former Old Girl and former head teacher Dr Lodge and Rachel Kerr, the communication manager of GSA. They all agreed that our ideas could potentially be developed and explored.
We initially needed to set up our cameras ensuring lights were correctly placed, avoiding washed out tones. Microphones were positioned to pick up the best quality sound. We learnt how to manually focus our camera on the interviewee and frame the shot. It was essential to assess volume levels, therefore we used an additional handheld microphone and our own headphones. To add variety and interest to our piece we needed to film extra cutaways, such as shots of the building and other delegates at the conference.
It was then time to embark upon the editing process. We knew this would be a lengthy and time consuming job but we were excited to discover how the clips we filmed would come together to produce the final piece and what would end up on the cutting room floor! During the editing process we learnt how important it was to line up shots, otherwise there would be too many jump cuts, meaning altogether it wouldn’t make sense. To avoid this, we added cutaways into the piece, meaning the long clips were split up into digestible sizes.
We were very pleased with our final film. We had worked very hard over the two days and were happy that all our work had payed off. We would like to thank the GSA for inviting us to participate in such an amazing workshop and the Eye Film company for being such brilliant trainers. We are now eager to find out more about film and editing and, thanks to this introduction, we are now considering more deeply, entering this industry.’