Monday, 11 February 2019

European Solidarity Corps

On Friday, February 8, we attended a talk given by the Europedirect agency.
They explained us the project of the European Solidarity Corps and encoraged us to take part in it. 
This is an initiative to promote volunteer activities among young people. 
Thank you Jorge!
Here you have more information:
Eurodirect is located on Prim Street, 14, 2D, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019


We will go back to the challenge teams, you will write a storyboard on the origin of the challenge; Youngsters & FISH.
- We will start with a Pitch (concise presentation of the idea);
three lines: a presentation, a development and a conclusion.
- Then develop it in a short story
- Finally we have to think about the different filming techniques to shoot it, while writing a storyboard.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Song Video

This time you will work in pairs, first of all you will look for a song you like.
You should analyze the lyrics, paying attention to the theme more than to the story, read between lines, hidden meanings... We have to understand its tone and its mood
Then you will make a 'short film' to get us into the mood of the piece, more than into the descriptions.
The aim of this essay is to understand the relationship between message and cinema.

Here you have an example with the song Space Oddity by David Bowie

"Space Oddity" is from July 1969. 
It was released during a period of great interest in space flight but it was inspired in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the song tell us about the launch of an astronaut into space. Bowie would later revisit his "Major Tom" character in different songs.

David Robert Jones (1947 –2016) was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. 

Here is my version. 

"Space Oddity"

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills
and put your helmet on

Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown,
engines on
Check ignition
and may God's love be with you

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Liftoff

This is Ground Control
to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule
if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating
in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

Though I'm past
one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
she knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead,
there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you....

Here am I floating
round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Your favourite film

This time you will be completing an essay on another film, a Film you like.

Again you will be following next steps :

- to write the PITCH of your film
- to apply the model proposed in "Every story is the same" to your film.
- Prepare a short presentation where you will be adding: 
  • the basic data of the film. 
  • the plot, aspects you liked and scenes to point out.
  • technical issues, aspectsyou liked and scenes to point out.
  • personal recommendation. 
The Pitch could be something like that:
- A middle class family and their nanny's quiet life
- A divorce and a non wanted pregnancy
- They confront the situation to recover a balance in their life

The Story Pattern
  1. YOU: A happy family and their nanny.
  2. NEED: A divorce and a pregnnacy.
  3. GO: They need to recover their former balance.
  4. SEARCH: The mother and the nanny they confront their problems
  5. FIND: They learn to live without their men.
  6. TAKE: Divorce and miscarriage
  7. RETURN: They find their peace
  8. CHANGE:: Back to their love


This a film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, two and a quarter hours of cinematic pleasure. ROMA is a 2018 movie produced by Netflix.
The director Alfonso Cuarón also created “Gravity”, “Children of Men”, “Y Tu Mama Tambien” or Harry Potters and the Azkaban”
This is the story of a family that lives in the neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City, and more specifically the camera follows Cleo, a young domestic worker starring Yalitza Aparicio.
So ROMA is like a loving portrait of the woman who raised the director, his super-nanny and a complete mosaic of Mexico society during the 70'.
Cuarón is telling us his own childhood and shows us their housekeeper’s ups and downs, the same time the relationship between the different social classes in Mexico and a touch of the political situation in DF during the (repression of the students ).
With a simple storytelling is describing different people's lifes until we feel close to them, until we really care for the characters he presents us (Cleo, the mother, the other maid, the grandma...)
This film is shot in black and white, because of its social and its title, Roma reminds us of the Italian neorealism of the 50’.It has beautiful photography, landscapes and domestic shots (in the roof of the house).
Director’s filming is classical with a lazy camera that beautiful spots to shot, like the backyard of the presentation or the scenes of the father and mother car parking, which are antologic.

This is a film that you should watch if you miss your childhood!

Monday, 7 January 2019

Heritage Shooting

We will make a new entry to our blogs with the video you made.
The subject is our Heritage.

Add the name of your team menbers and a brief description of the process.

Christmas in Donostia - Nahia Albrecht, Mariñe Azkarate, Nerea Mangas, Nahia Miranda and Lide Villar

Gift tradition in the basque country: Aitor  

Santo Tomas and Xmas: Felix, Irati, Maddi, Maddi, June, Usoa & Izaro

Olentzero and Mari Domingi: Leire, Maider, Itziar and Garazi

Konstituzio plaza: Unai & Martin

Urgul heritage shooting - Aiert, Unai and Jhose

Old Part heritage video - Elsa and Sayoyi

A Christmas dream - Irati, Irati, Garazi, Aitana and Aitziber.

Christmas-Irati Fajarnés

Santo Tomas (Back home)- Enara, Ane, Lierni, Joane, Monica and Jone.

The Townhall: Lide and June

Basque Derby:, Jon Uriol, Patxi Yarza, Manex Delagranja

Tuesday, 18 December 2018


We are going to learn about Cinematography History through the analysis of some of the better films of 20th century. Each one will chose a film and made an analysis following next instructions:

Fim Analysis 

If you need something more specific next questions could help you:
Questions about the film
  1. A trip to the Moon, Georges Melies 1902
  2. The Cabinet of the Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene, 1920
  3. Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein, 1925
  4. The General, Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926
  5. Metropolis, Fritz Lang, 1927 
  6. An Andalusian Dog, Luis Buñuel, 1929
  7. City Lights, Charlie Chaplin, 1931 
  8. Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs, Willian Cottrell et al., 1937
  9. Citizen Kane, Orson Welles, 1941 
  10. Casablanca,  Michael Curtiz, 1942
  11. Bicycle Thieves, Vittoria De Sica, 1948 
  12. Singin’ in the Rain, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly,1952
  13. Seven Samurai, Kurosawa Akira, 1954 
  14. The 400 Blows, François Truffaut, 1959 
  15. Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder, 1959 
  16. Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock, 1960 
  17. La dolce vita, Federico Fellini, 1960
  18. The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966 
  19. A Space Odissey, Stanley Kubrick 1968
  20. The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola, 1972
  21. Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese, 1976 
  22. Monthy Pyton and the Holy Grial, Terry Gilliam et al., 1975
  23. Annie Hall, Woody Allen, 1977 
  24. Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford, 1979
  25. Blade Runner, Riddle Scott, 1987
Once you have completed the essay you need;
- to write the PITCH of your film
- to apply the model proposed in "Every story is the same" to your film.
- Prepare an oral presentation of the film for the rest of the students supported by a scene of the film to point out its merits.
Here you have an example with Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI
The Pitch could be something like that:
- A 16th cetury japanese village is terrorized by bandits-
- Local farmers look fo the help of a group of Samurais.
- Seven Samurais trained and leaded the farmers to fight the bandits,

The Story Pattern 
  1.  YOU: Japanese village peasents live from their Rice Fileds
  2. NEED: Finish with the bandits attacks and raids.
  3. GO: Look for the help of hungry Samurais
  4. SEARCH: Peasents are trained by Seven Samurais.
  5. FIND: All together defeat the bandits.
  6. TAKE: Some farmers and Samurais die in the battle.
  7. RETURN: The peasents return to the rice fields and samurais leave the town
  8. CHANGE:: The village can live in peace.
An example with a brief scheme of the work


Data Sheet:
Influential Japanese film from 1954. ("The magnificents Seven", "Bugs"...)
Long film of 207 minutes, 3h27' by Akira Kurosawa.

- A 16th cetury japanese village is terrorized by bandits.
- Local farmers look fo the help of a group of Samurais.
- Seven Samurais trained and leaded the farmers to fight the bandits.

Interesting points of the film which created a pattern for future movies:
  • Differentiated characters: so the spectator is atached to them.
  • Plot ideas: Reluctant heroe, the recruitment of the heroes, the romance between the younster and the local girl.
  • Action scenes: Innovative use of cameras, General and "Guerrilla Unit".

So it is a classic film about Honnor and Duty with memorable characters and stunning action!