34 French students and 23 Czech students met to create together a cartoon film in the Czech Republic, in Bechyne, in the middle of Bohemia, in the famous school : Strední průmyslová škola keramická v Beckzni. :
The Art students, in their final year, from Marie Curie High School in Echirolles were directed by 3 teachers François Mondot, Laure Galland and Geneviève Grousson-Troyes and by 3 former students Alexandre Poisson, Hugo Doubek et Alexis Burlat, to exchange skills with the students from 2 classes, a ceramic class and a graphic design class, and their teachers : David Stankus et Lucia Prášilova. Peter … and some other Czech teachers like Oliva Mirosclav, Jiri Novotny, Marta Kotkova also offered their help during this amazing meeting during which fraternity and friendship beetween people took place. The students Vojtech Pollak, Helena Pavlovcova et Peter Pich took part in filming and helped in understanding the project whether bringing help or adapting too.
The team was numerous, almost 70 people, in 4 specific rooms dedicated to the workshop. 2 rooms of "red ceramic", 1 room of "white ceramic" and a computer room were made available for us during the whole meeting. After the difficulties of the first morning, during which we had to constitute groups and start the creating process in spite of the linguistic barrier, 4 different workshops started and were quite successful :
a ceramic workshop of "Small flying spaceships", of about 30x30x30 cm to be shot in motion in "Meeting with a friend", 1st part of the movie.
a ceramic workshop involved in creating a ceramic alphabet to be animated in the credits.
a setting workshop, including creation and settling "in situ" ( conectics, lightning, tidying and transport)
a blog and communication workshop including composing a text/image text in 3 languages and early steps in professional shooting with Alain-Marie Markarian (Archiclic Studio).
When we had all the creations, the shooting was directed in differents places, all over the school. It was a climax for some students to be working with international groups, but quite disturbing for others to change from their daily routine and to accept and adapt to "the other" student/ teacher/ country.
The students were fascinated by the experience of the formers students Hugo, Alexis and Alexandre, totally involved in creating the "morphing" bird.
Compared to ordinary classes, artistic responsability fell on each student, no need to delegate or to be checked by someone else for time ran fast and the goal of the workshop was to create all pieces in a unique exchange process. We had to organize the work between 2 floors, 3 languages, 4 videos cameras and a thousand pieces of information to be caught and invested immediatly... Some scenes were to be shot again ( just like in cinema) because of shadows, lightning...
But, simpler than telling it, here is the workshop in pictures
with texts written by the blog group. I chose to leave them as they were written, with their poetry, enthusiasm and some disappointments heard through a majority of positive comments. Good news if the blog was the craddle of emotions.
Congratulations to the people who harvested all the pieces of information, who wrote for 2 days. Thanks to our translators, Laure and Peter. Thanks to all and above all to our Czech friends who accepted to host us in their school, their "ceramic planet". Thank you David !
Do not hesitate to write and read the screenplays of the film "2010, a sky odyssey" to be assembled : screenplay n° 1 « La rencontre avec l’ami », screenplay n°2 « L’oiseau », screenplay N°3 « Making of » which will be published after watching the rush shot in Bechyne (a video of the whole workshop)
See you soon for future steps and once more thanks to everyone and above all to our beloved students who worked so much, in spite of tiredness and who were good citizens in the space of our French-Czech odyssey !
Geneviève Grousson-Troyes, translation Laure Galland