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Beginning of Looking for Eric by Ken Loach








Camera Angles: Close-Ups and Long Shots

How can you communicate your vision on the screen?

establishing shotlong shotmedium shotover-the-shoulder shotclose-up


Establishing shot
A shot, normally taken from a great distance or from a “bird’s eye view,” that establishes where the action is about to occur. In your science-fiction movie, you will probably need an establishing shot of the Paris skyline, most likely one that shows the Eiffel Tower. This will communicate to the audience that the action takes place in Paris.

Long shot
A shot that shows a scene from a distance (but not as great a distance as the establishing shot). A long shot is used to stress the environment or setting of a scene. In filming your science-fiction movie, for example, you might use a long shot to show the monster causing traffic jams and panicked crowds.

Medium shot
A shot that frames actors, normally from the waist up. The medium shot can be used to focus attention on an interaction between two actors, such as a struggle, debate, or embrace.

Over-the-shoulder shot
A shot of one actor taken from over the shoulder of another actor. An over-the-shoulder shot is used when two characters are interacting face-to-face. Filming over an actor’s shoulder focuses the audience’s attention on one actor at a time in a conversation, rather than on both.

A shot taken at close range, sometimes only inches away from an actor’s face, a prop, or some other object. The close-up is designed to focus attention on an actor’s expression, to give significance to a certain object, or to direct the audience to some other important element of the film. In your monster movie, you might use a close-up of the monster’s teeth or claws to show how ferocious it is, or decide to zoom in on a frightened passerby to illustrate his or her fear.

Back to: “Directing
  1. About the beginning of the film:


I underline in blue what I can hear I underline in red what I can see


cars hooting- a busy road and people driving on the motorway- a man in his car – a close-up on his hands on the steering wheel- a motorway- blue and red cars- a Peugeot – a man driving on the wrong side of the road- an accident- the noise of an accident- a lot of noise – a car crash- a hospital- a man in a hospital- words and letters appearing as dribble in a football match- a man who is lying on a bed in a hospital- a man who wants to go back to work- a man who doesn’t want to go back to work- a man who is afraid of being late for work- a lot of different cars – drivers driving on the wrong side of the road


    1. True or False or We can’t tell


– football as a philosophy of life

– unity and united people

– a love story

  • a man who is depressed and has a car accident
  • Eric Cantona and Eric Bishop are friends
  • Eric Bishop is imitating Eric Cantona
  • Eric Bishop needs a coach for his on life
  • Eric Bishop has a love affair with football
  • Eric Bishop is having problems

I can describe a poster 6°7

‘ The lady is Iranian. She comes from Iran. She is wearing a scarf on her head.’= elle porte un foulard sur la tête

She looks sad= Elle a l’air triste.

She looks worried= elle a l’air inquiète

She is walking in the street= Elle marche dans la rue.

Ske looks beautiful= elle a l’air belle.

She may have family problems= elle a peut-être des soucis familiaux.

The title is ‘Separation’.



Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen

We can see a street in Paris. A man is walking by the river La Seine.

Un homme marche près de la rivière La Seine.


We can see= on peut voir.

We can see a church and we can see a bridge (un pont).


L’enfant sauvage The wild child by François Truffaut





The wild child

What  can he do?


What can’t he do?


What does he like?


What doesn’t he like?


He can swim .

He can’t swim.

He can walk.

He can’t walk.

He can run.

He can’t run.

He can’t ride a bicycle.

He can read.

He can’t read.

He can eat with a fork and a knife.

He can’t eat with a fork.

He  likes eating  potatoes.

He also likes eating fruit and vegetables.

He can get dressed.

He can’t get dressed.

He likes wearing clothes.

He doesn’t like wearing clothes.

He likes the company of Madame Guérin.

He doesn’t like the company of Me Guérin.

 Your opinion about this great  film:

It is funny when he knocks at the windows. He is funny when he is in the wheelbarrow. The end is a happy end for Victor.”


Mélanie: “I liked the film a lot. I enjoyed the film because there are monologues but no suspense.”


“Estelle loved the film the wild child because he hasn’t got a family.”


“Benjamin loves the film the wild child. It is very sad and inspiring.”


Michaël: ” I liked the film a lot because it is funny !”


Alexandre: ” I liked the film but I didn’t like Victor’s fits.”


Hasan likes the film but thinks that the child is strange.


Nathan: ” I like the movie The wild child.

He likes drinking water in the river the forest,

he likes running and animals but

Victor doesn’t like school !

I like when Victor is in the wheelbarrow because it’s funny. I think it’s a great movie.”

Cria Cuervos by Carlos Saura 3°7

Thursday, November 17th (seventeenth)

Cria Cuervos     by      Carlos Saura

  • What is it about? (De quoi ça parle? Quel est le sujet?

  • -What do you think about  the film? What is your viewpoint?

It is about a little girl who is acting very strangely.

To act strangely= agir de manière étrange

  • She thinks about death.

  • She regularly thinkS  about death : l’adverbe de fréquence se place avant le verbe

  • She asks Rosana to show her breasts.

  • She says she doesn’t want to wear a bra.

To show= montrer

death= la mort

to think about= penser à

to ask= demander

breasts= seins

to want to= vouloir

to wear = porter ( vêtements)


T. liked the music more than the film. ( plus la musique que le film)

F. liked the burial.(l’enterrement)

I liked the passage when she discovers her father.

To discover= découvrir

K. liked the music as well (aussi).

T. liked the passage when the father dies.

He liked it because it is strange and scary!

C.  liked the film but didn’t like the little girl who is acting in a strange way.

Cl.‘s viewpoint= le point de vue de Clémentine

She didn’t like the film because there is no action.

L.  didn’t like the song.

She thinks that the little girl acts very well but is frightening.

Frightening= qui fait peur

Laura‘s viewpoint and Cédric‘s viewpoint are different.

Ici on utilise le cas possessif dit encore cas génitif.

Océane didn’t like the film because it was in Spanish.

It is too sad.

A1-A2-B1 Our film review of the Secret of Kells




About the film: Where does the story take place?

1) It takes place in Iona in Scotland

2) It takes place in Kells in Ireland

3)Louis Le Bocquy, a painter (born in 1916) inspired the film-maker

3) The book was transferred in 806 from Iona in Scotland to Kells in Ireland

Who are the characters of the film?

Abbot Cellach:

1) he is a tall and protective man who lives in a tower

2)he forgot he was an illuminator in the past

3)he has got ginger hair

4)he lives in a tower to forget the past

Abbot Aidan:

1) He is of small size

2)he teaches Brendan how to draw  or how to observe

Pangur Ban:

1) She is a real and mythical cat

2) She is only mythical

3) There are poems written by the monk in the archives which mention the cat

Aisling’s parents:

1) They were killed by Crom Cruach

2) They died when she was younger

3) They are still alive


1) She is a fairy and an angel

2) She is intelligent, careful and also very sensitive

3) She moves on four feet

4) She can transform herself into a wolf

Abbots Tang, Leonardo and Assoua:

1) They are all illuminators

2) They are allowed out of the monastery

3) They are not allowed out of the monastery

4)They are entirely dedicated to the scriptorium

5) They eventually/finally die but the spectator doesn’t see them

The Vikings:

1) They are not menacing shadows

2)They are represented as cruel animals

3) They represent death, unhappiness, dangers and tragedy, destruction and war, horror and blood

Crom Cruach:

1) He is a Celtic God with a snake

2)He represents the dragon as a legend

3) He was shot by Saint Patrick in Irish mythology

4)His name means  “The Dark One”

What are the Celtic symbols in the film?

1) The square

2) The rectangle

3)The triangle

4)The circle

5) light modifies the scenes

6) light doesn’t modify the scenes

7) forest as paradise on earth

8) forest as opposed to flat landscapes

9) the circle as the symbol of harmony

10) the “triskele” is a Celtic symbol which is a representation of water, fire and earth

 And now the story:

1) it starts when Brendan is a child and finishes when he is an adult

2)it is the story of  the evolution of a young boy into adulthood

3)the Book is always present in Brendan’s mind

4)the Vikings are always present in Brendan’s Uncle’s mind

The Book of Kells:

1)The Book of Kells is a real book which is in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

2)The Book of Kells  isn’t a real book and doesn’t exist.

It is a legend.

What about Pangur Ban, the magic spell and spirit?

1)Pangur Ban, the white cat, existed. She is a female cat.

2)Pangur Ban the white cat never existed.

3)One of the monks  wrote poems about her.

How is Celtic mythology  represented ?

1) symbols inspired by  nature and  animist cults.

2) it is close to natural rites and rhythms

Can you name painters who inspired the artist?


The monastery is very beautiful.

The colors are original.

People are monks and priests.

Walls have got bizarre shapes.

Brendan is twelve years old.

He is an orphan: he hasn’t got any parents.

His father and his mother died.

He meets a very friendly girl: she is called Aisling!

She will help him. She is a fairy. He is looking for berries to make ink

because he wants to write the Chi Ro page.

Brendan is of medium height and size and has got ginger hair.

He lives in Kells in Ireland.

Brendan’s Uncle is the head of Kells.

He is taking care of other monks and people.

The book is very important to him.

The security and safeness of the monastery matters to him as well!

He  lives in a tower which opens with a very narrow door.

He  is very strict because he wants to save the monks and his people from the Northmen’s attacks.


The Secret Of Kells

Description of Aisling: long white hair and green eyes. She looks like a fairy and she is one! She has the power to turn the cat, Pangur Ban into a fish-cat, a spirit! She can use her spells!

Description of Brendan: short orange hair and blue eyes, long feet, curly and funny ears! He is the hero of the story and we can see him when he is older!

Description of the monks: Asian, African, all walks of life! They are wearing long red coats

I like the scene when :

When the bad guys come and attack the town of Kells

– When Brendan goes into the forest to look for an eye

My best scene :

– When Brendan dreams that the Vikings will attack Kells because he has visions and can trust his imagination! He is a visionary!

My least favourite scene :

– When Brendan makes a lot of drawings on the Book! He is inspiring!

I like the scenes when there is

  • a lot of suspense and many battles
  • when the forest is beautiful
  • when the book is beautiful and turns into a magic spell!
  • Pangur Ban is really cute with two different colours for his eyes! Pangur Ban did exist! He was one of the monk’s cat. The monk wrote poems about her!


Our  film review about the Secret of Kells

I liked the scene when the little boy writes the sacred book

-I liked the discovery of the forest

-I liked the scene when he catches the monster’s eye.

-We liked the red and the green colours and the drawings!

My best scenes:

– The meeting between Aisling and Brendan

-She is quicker than Brendan,

she runs faster and she is the best!

-She has magical powers to trasnform nature .The cat can go where she cannot

My best favorite scenes

-When his Uncle is hurt, someone tells Brendan : « You must go, your Uncle is not dead! »

– Brendan disobeys his Uncle to pick up berries because he is not allowed to do so!

-Vikings’s attack and the wolves eat the Vikings in the forest

-Brendan thinks the bees will attack him but it is not true!

the Vikings ‘s attacks are in red

Aisling in the forest

the wolves ‘s scenes are also in red

Aisling ‘s eyes

the wolves ‘s eyes

beautiful nature: waterfalls, rivers, leaves in spring, leaves on trees, leaves falling down,

the Vikings’ s eyes

Pangur Ban

the monster Crumach

The scene when Brendan is writing

when the Vikings go Kells

When Brendan meets his uncle

The wolf’s lips and mouth

When Brendan   writes the Book of Kells

the fire, the sky, the buildings, the walls, the attacks, the

Brendan catches the goose

Brendan’s UNCLE’s clothes

green berries for green ink

Aisling disappears and gets lost in darkness

red represents evil or  a danger: it means something bad is going to happen

and green represents what is best and good in life, luck, happiness,

writing and drawing



May 2024

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