Award-winning director Sydney Pollack once stated “I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and merges into film in some way.”
I was fortunate enough to be chosen to participate in the making of a short film - 'A Day in the Life of a Priory Student' - that has been sent to a school in Prague. This has been another distinctive experience that has helped me grow as an artist. Pollack’s words are truthful; just as when painting on canvas, scribing the main storyline of a novel or improvising the choreography of a dance performance, in filmmaking, each camera angle needs fresh inspiration to show the unique thinking behind it. These art forms are certainly useful during the process as features of them are needed to produce a film of the highest quality, whether it should be nominated for the Oscars or is a local news story.
This film, detailing our school life, was a pleasure to be a part of and it has widened my filmmaking experience. The team followed George and Sophie (two Year 8 students) incorporating most parts of our school day, so that the Czechoslovakian students will be able to get as full a picture as possible of the facilities that are available to us. In the upcoming weeks, we will then receive a similar film detailing their own school day, giving us a snapshot of their education, culture and the opportunities open to them in Prague. The Priory film will also be sent to a school in Uganda to give them an insight into British education.
Hopefully, this will lead to further bonds being formed with schools around the world. This would certainly broaden the minds of the students as they are able to learn about other countries and make new friendships. Experiencing other cultures is important to help each one of us grow and not quench, but escalate our zest for life.
Grace, Year 10