Today was a brilliant dyad of periods where where explored some of the textual features and deeper meanings of excerpts from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (see below) – then took ourselves down to the appropriately atmospheric Drama Basement to explore how some of these distillations from the poem could be enacted in movement and sound.
Just judging from the quality of these devised performances, the level of experimentation and creativity is high.
Everyone has the task (alongside the all-important signing of the consent forms) of generating an 8-frame storyboard (annotated with camera angles and shots) that contains some ideas for how they’d like their Ancient Mariner interpretation to look on film. This will be handed to Mr Waugh during first break on Monday and samples will be uploaded here.
This term we are pushing our creative and multi-media minds to the limit in a programme of learning that perhaps has as its only unifying element the setting of the Southern Seas. The term has begun with an intensive programme of film study with a specific focus on camera techniques. This knowledge is being applied to the study of the short film “Two Cars, One Night“. To follow this we are exploring the poetic power of the great epic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge – and to conclude it all, we are heading to the British Film Institute with a battalion of hardy teacher trainees from the Institute of Education and making a film in a day – which will be produced and directed by the boys and will be based on a passage of their choice from the Coleridge poem.
All up, it’s going to be a pretty exciting term. Expect to see the results of their work on here as well as, potentially, some input from the Institute of Education and the BFI. As always, you are invited to comment at will!