Club of the Month – MES Film Making Club

Posted on 29th Sep 2021 in Music and Drama, ESMS, The Mary Erskine School

  1. What do you get up to in Film Making Club? 

Film Making Club is a great opportunity to get involved in every step of the film-making process. The members of the club start by writing a story, which they then turn into a screenplay. Then, a group of directors take charge of the project and lead the cast. Pupils are also in charge of filming each scene and of course recording the sound. Finally, a team of editors and special effects artists bring the film to life, aiming at a June release each year. 

  1. Why did you get involved in Film Making Club yourself? 

I have a passion for films, of course, but the reason I love this club is because there is something in it for everyone, whether you enjoy writing stories, acting, bossing people around (directing), drawing (storyboard) or composing (soundtrack),  

  1. When and where do you meet? 

Special Effects classes take place on a Tuesday after school (4:15-5:15, in MB47, at MES); filming takes place on a Thursday after school (3:30 until up to 5:30, depending on the scene. The venue also depends on the scene). Finally, the video-editing club meets on a Friday after school (3:30-4:30, in MB47, at MES). 

  1. What has been your proudest achievement as a club? 

Personally, it has been seeing so many pupils have a great time and coming back the next year for more!  

  1. How many members do you have? 

On average, about 50-60 pupils get involved in one way or another in order to make each film. But on a typical filming session, about a dozen pupils attend each week. It depends of course on the nature of the scene that is scheduled to be filmed. 

  1. How can pupils join? 

Simply by registering their interest during the Clubs and Societies’ Fair. 

  1. What are your goals? 

The goal is to allow each participant to experience what the film-making process involves, from start to finish. It is great to see at the end of the year pupils realize that their contribution is part of a much greater process, and usually they have little idea of the amount of work that everybody puts in until they watch the final product. 

  1. What is the best film ever made? 

This year’s film of course! Over the past four years, the club has adapted three novels by Robin Stevens, and turned them into a coherent trilogy. The first two (Murder Most Unladylike and Jolly Foul Play) are already available on Clickview, and the last part (Top Marks for Murder) will be released very soon. Watch this space! 

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