FINDING THE ACTORS AMONG US
The stories are sorted, the characters are all written, now we need to find out who the actors are in our groups. The three film groups all listed the characters in their films and then worked out who wanted to put themselves forward for which parts. Where there were more than one person for any part, the groups held auditions or decided on another fair way to work out who should play which character.
ACTING OUT THE SCENES
The groups chose a key scene from their film to act out, both to help work out who should play each character and also to allow the director to start seeing how the scene is shaping up and what the shots might look like from the storyboards. In addition, the groups were making a final list of what props and costumes they needed, where there were coming from and also whether the locations they wanted were going to be available.
BEING THE AUDIENCE
We continued to watch films in the session so that we could gain more experience of different film types and discuss what we liked and didn't like, what worked and didn't seem to work. The first film was a horror about some young people who disappear. We liked the film but we weren't totally sure on why somethings happened in the film and so we discussed the importance of the message of the film being clear and thought about our own stories and whether a viewer would understand them. The second film was a documentary and the group thought that the message of this film was very clear, which made the feedback on the film more positive.