Understanding Cinema

Watching, Making and Understanding Film

Understanding Cinema is a moving image education project based on the long running international film education scheme Cinema, cent ans de jeunesse - created by Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.

The programme involves children aged eight to eighteen years working with a local filmmaker and their teacher to reflect on and produce films around a specific theme; in 2013/14 the theme is ‘The Long Take’. The programme consists of practical and theoretical activities delivered over 14 weeks, from November 2013 – May 2014. Pupils engage with the practical side of filmmaking (scripting, shooting, editing etc.) but also reflect on already-existing films as well as their own.

The programme aims to help pupils
- gain a better understanding of European/world cinema heritage.
- enhance their aesthetic appreciation of film.
- develop confidence whilst working on a group project.
- stimulate their creativity.

In 2012/13 the Understanding Cinema pilot project worked with schools in Edinburgh and Dundee, with the subject ‘mise en scene’. With the support of Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures fund we have been able to expand this to 400 pupils in eight Local Authorities, working with 26 teachers and youth workers and employing nine filmmakers. This year three of our schools will produce films in Gaelic, which will be shown alongside the other films at EIFF. This is entirely in keeping with the ethos of Cinema, cent ans de jeunesse which now takes place in 11 countries.

Understanding Cinema takes place in; Edinburgh (Broughton HS, South Morningside PS, SKAMM), East Lothian (Law PS, St Gabriel’s PS, Whitecraigs PS), Glasgow (St Mungo’s Academy, Castlemilk HS, St Margaret Mary’s Secondary,Glendale PS), Dundee (Blackness PS, Clepington SP, Rowantree PS, Harris Academy, St John’s HS, St Paul’s Academy), Inverness (Craighill PS, Mosstodloch PS), Aberdeen (Holy Family PS, Belmont Cinema), Isle of Lewis (Pairc PS, Nicholson Institute, An Lanntair), Argyle & Bute (Salen PS)

For further info you can take a look at the project blog HERE or at the Cinematheque Francaise blog HERE or follow our filmmakers journey HERE at Creative Futures.

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