Festival attendees eager to learn how to edit images
The Image Editing workshop on Wednesday 4th February, faciliated by Benjamin Vautier, aroused curiosity amongst festival attendees. Participants had the opportunity to handle image processing software for two hours.
‘Is the Image Editing workshop here?’ cries a festival attendee entering classroom n°5, located near the Maison de la culture video library. ‘Yes, absolutely. Sit-down, sit-down!’ responds Benjamin Vautier, the workshop facilitator, who patiently waits for the pupils to get themselves ready. ‘However, you will have to share a computer between four of you,’he warns before starting his lesson. ‘There are two stages: the methodology, then the practical. But before we begin, introduce yourselves and tell me a little about your filming skills and what software you use.’
The pretty Rangita, a former FIFO intern participating in a festival workshop for the first time, starts the ball rolling. ‘I do a little filming and I edit on iMovie.’ Her neighbours, Stéphanie and Vaiana who have already participated in the morning’s iPad workshop, present themselves before passing the baton to other participants. Out of the ten or so pupils, all or nearly all of them have already experienced filming and wish to further their knowledge about image editing. ‘Here, we learn the basics, then we need to out it into practice on a daily basis. It’s great, it’s educational!’ enthuses 26-year-old Rangita, who is full of praise for the FIFO workshops. ‘They are accessible to everyone, it gives everyone the opportunity to acquire certain knowledge.’
Theory before practice
On the large screen linked to his computer, Benjamin Vautier explains the interface and the options available on the After Effects software, used by many directors to edit their films or clips. ‘Are you following me? Is everyone with me?’ questions the teacher ‘No, we have closed our composition and cannot open it,’ cries one of the perplexed pupils, here with two of her friends, both teachers. ‘Above all, don’t create any more,’ responds Benjamin Vautier. ‘Oh… too late, we’ve created four,’ cry the group of friends. Laughter from the group.
‘It’s a bit complicated,’ confesses one of them, regretting not having practiced enough during this workshop and not having understood after all that what could happen. ‘It is difficult in so little time to fully understand but before working on your videos, you have to know how it works,’ explains Benjamin Vautier who has to gently call to order the slightly inattentive group of friends. ‘The main thing is to have a method and a base, the rest can be learnt at home.’
The importance of image processing
All eyes on the computer screens the pupils, aged from 15 to 65, appear absorbed by the software on which they are working. ‘Here with the filters you can have fun,’ initiates the teacher. ‘What shall we put? Oh yes yellow! Oh, this yellow is great,’ exclaims one of the pupils. Whilst some seem increasingly at ease with the software, others are struggling a little. 15-year-old Herehia, the youngest, is certainly the most adept out of everyone. It is not unusual to see him going from one computer to another to lend a hand to his neighbours. ‘It’s great to understand how it works even if it takes time to assimilate all the information,’ confides the young man enchanted by this workshop. He is not the only one. ‘It is very interesting,’ explains Stéphane in full conversation with his teacher as the classroom empties. ‘Now we really understand the work required to produce a film!’ Benjamin Vautier seems delighted with this remark as for him, ‘The point of this workshop is also to enable people to understand the work behind a film.’ Mission accomplished therefore!