The fémis (National School of picture and sound, Paris - France) offers a “Summer School”, which is each year a documentary filmmaking course during two months for students from around the world.
I assure the animation of the beginning of the summer school. I make students do films, in a very collective way, with small cameras, to bring them together, and enroll in an openness to creativity. I teach them making films in one shot, so that we can watch movies together just after their completion, talk to possibly re-make them, etc..
This is actually a work of writing : to meet the reality, by filming, to test its proposed representation of reality (documentary) in the concrete manufacturing. Do feel that the ideas are in action in the meeting, in improvisation sometimes, especially in a collective dimension.
This year, the fifteen students came from Algeria, India, Egypt, Morocco, Iran, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Chile, Comoros, Russia, Congo DRC.
During these three days of work, very intense, my requirement was to ask them to make movies, which for a number of them will be released, not exercises, as well as being still in generous to bring something to the viewer project, which I think is the essence of cinema :
During these three days of work, 52 films had been made by the 15 students, for a total of more than 3 hours, some really striking. It is found that personal look, singular, the world often comes very quickly, on a gross basis. Then it deserves to be dug, worked, but it is very useful to quickly enter into action, in order to have material to work on.
We organized, it’s very important, a small public screening on the last day, of a selection of films, so that the workshop is its purpose : to bring something to the audience.