Monday: On our first day of the weeklong film course we met our two mentors Paul and Brendan. We were quick to learn about each type of equipment used in the process, including cameras, clapperboards and the sound equipment: “the boom and the zoom”. Our class group 4A made a short movie on the first day consisting of only four lines; “Hello”, “Hi”, “How are you?” and “I’m fine.” This exercise introduced us to the long process that is filmmaking. With that slight reality check we finished the day by watching past movies created by Coláiste Bríde students and students from across the province.
Tuesday: We began the morning by splitting into small groups of three or four and coming up with an idea for a film. My group planned out a modern take on Romeo & Juliet. The class then presented their ideas in their individual groups and we voted on which we wanted to do. The two movies selected were “Fairytale Convicts” and “The Movie”. I chose to take part in the production of the former as I thought the idea was much more interesting. We finished off the day by planning out each of the scenes which we would rehearse the following day.
Wednesday: The parts were given out to the fifteen members of our cast and crew that morning. I was given the roles of Prince Charming and Sneezy The Dwarf. We organised our costumes and the script with the help of our Creative Director, Eimear Murphy, and our crew roles were handed out by the Technical Director, Courtney Lacey. When everything had been planned out and decided on we moved onto practicing. Brendan, who had taken the job of mentor for “Fairytale Convicts”, helped us throughout the process but always insisted that it was our project and we were to do with it as we pleased. This encouragement was really helpful as we always had a guiding hand during the production.
Thursday: This was our first day of filming “Fairytale Convicts” and due to school timetables and locations we decided to film Cinderella first. In this I had a leading role as Prince Charming and through some kind of miracle I also had no lines, making my job infinitely easier. After this scene was filmed we moved on to the main scene of the movie, set in the school library. This truly tested our cast and crew’s ability as the number of angles, takes and lines made it a long and arduous process. Throughout the day Brendan made our jobs much simpler by suggesting the easiest ways to film certain parts and alternative angles we could use. By the end of the day we were slightly nervous that we wouldn’t be able to finish our film by 3:20 the following day.
Friday: It was all systems go that morning as both cast and crew rushed to get our Rapunzel scene completed due to our very own Rapunzel, Zoe Latchford, leaving at lunch time. This added stress caused tensions to mount but our team was able to knuckle down and pull out a brilliant performance. Then, we moved on to our final princess scene, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which had most of our group as characters, leaving a lot of work to the crew. Our final scene was a close shave with only ten minutes left before the bell when it was finished. This was mainly due to the hilarity that ensued when one of the characters said their line. However, our team completed the production of “Fairytale Convicts” and most importantly had a lot of fun doing it.
I think that this week was a true learning experience for everyone involved, and one that we would not have gotten were it not for the excellent T.Y. Programme offered in our school. It taught us patience, cooperation and time management, as well as many other valuable lessons, in a fun and stimulating environment.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul and Brendan from Film Circle, on behalf of myself, Kate Hall, and my team members; Eimear Roche, Eimear Murphy, Eimear Crean, Courtney Lacey, Orla Healy, Clodagh McCarthy, Sarah Roche, Orna Murphy, Niamh Buttle, Charlotte Bruce, Áine Brauders, Gráinne O’Neill, Zoe Latchford and Áine Harris. They made our experience extremely enjoyable and we would particularly like to thank Brendan for always being there to help us with whatever we needed…and eventually laughing at our jokes.
Kate Hall, 4A.