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Abstract Emotions and Symbolic Choices

 
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Caitlin Baptist, Year 11 Film student provides her reflection following the recent success of the Experimental Film Showcase that took place earlier this term.

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The Year 11 Experimental Film Showcase took place on the 1 August 2019.

Marking the third film showcase of the Year 11 cohort, this showcase screened a range of films that focused on representing abstract emotions with cinematic and symbolic choices. It was an exciting concept for the students to experiment with because they were able to try-out new techniques that they may not have necessarily used in a narrative film. Each and every single one of the films focused on appealing to the audience’s emotions. The students drew inspiration from films of the German Expressionism, French Avant-Garde and Spanish Surrealist movement. Movements that the students had been studying throughout their first semester of the IB film studies course.

The films addressed a range of ideas, topics and issues including dyslexia, heartbreak, and anxiety. The students worked together in small groups of two to three people to produce a three to five-minute experimental film over the course of Term 2. The audience was able to admire and mind-blowing ideas, some sophisticated cinematography and unique editing techniques.

I hope that each and every one of the audience members took away one message from the film showcase. Maybe it was to treasure your loved ones? Or maybe it was to be careful when making decisions? Or maybe, just maybe, it was inspiration for you to face your fears.

Thank you to everyone who came to support the film showcase. Special thanks to Ms Melanie Osborne, Ms Genevieve Staines and Mr John Carozza for their guidance and support throughout our film-making process. Special thanks to the hosts, Hayden Hull and Will McFarlane, for keeping the crowd entertained throughout the evening.

...article written by Caitlin Baptist

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Last reviewed 08 August 2019
Last updated 08 August 2019