Animation animation workshops for the public of leisure centers.
In the summer of 2017, the Ile-de-France Region organized screenings of outdoor films in four leisure centers, which were preceded in the afternoon by artistic workshops. Arcadi Ile-de-France has produced several workshops in this framework, including two animated animation workshops that I have proposed (leisure base of Port-aux-Cerises and leisure center of Val-de-Seine) .
These workshops were visible to the general public thanks to a very visible signage, indicating: “Make your cartoon”. The participants could come alone or in groups, the workshop could last 15 minutes or 3 hours, depending on the project of each one. It is a type of proposal adapted to a place of passage and relaxation. We did not hesitate to go around the leisure base, to propose to the holiday makers to come to the workshop.
This workshop is accompanied by directors, who propose to people first to cut out magazines, posters, advertisements ... in order to imagine a film. Then, once the project is ready, participants are accompanied to shoot their film, in sequence. Several takes are often necessary, of course!
The fact of imagining and discovering oneself through the appropriation and division of magazines and posters is a real adjuvant to creativity: one discovers ideas through the encounter with the images that are cut out . It is also a very simple approach (except when there is wind!).
Shooting in sequence is an intense moment because everything has to be in place at the same time. What might seem to be a constraint is in fact a requirement proposition: we make up until we are satisfied. And when the film is finished, it is fully responsible, technically as well.
We have chosen that the films are dumb, so that it is possible to be able to speak during the shooting, and the external hubbub is not a problem. Moreover, it invites to attentive work on the meaning of the images, so to make films strong enough visually speaking.
The accompaniment by invested professionals who, also, in the moments of low, realized films, made that these workshops were moments of creative emulation. It is a posture of openness and sharing more than pedagogy in the traditional sense. That is what made it possible, in my opinion, for high-quality films to be made by certain participants.
On the evening of the workshop, the films were all put online in a web server, the address of which was given to the participants. We also collect their email addresses to return the link.
And we distributed to the participants stickers with a QR Code, which allow, with ease with his telephone, access to the films. Moreover, the films will remain on the server, and we have invited the managers of the leisure bases to broadcast and paste these stickers.
The films are therefore suitable and downloadable the same evening by the participants, and can have a life on a longer duration too.
The shape of the clip allows both a requirement at the time of filming, and a fast circulation of the films, which I think is important: a film is made to be seen. Of course, people are rich in the experience they have lived, but this experience has one finality: to have made a film, which would never have existed without this proposal, and to be able to show it around oneself.
This also allowed, in one of the two recreational bases, a selection of films to be shown in the evening in the first part of the outdoor screening, before the feature film!
Links to all movies
These two workshops were organized by Alice Posiere and Benoît Labourdette, and produced by Arcadi Île-de-France (Claudie Le Bissonnais and Nina Descostes).
The workshop facilitation team consisted of:
Here is a trailer of the cultural actions in the leisure centers of Île-de-France in summer 2017, as well as a selection of films made during these workshops.