Workshop by Director Nobuhiro Suwa / Film Education in Japan: Learning from the Experiences of French Children
On Saturday, November 21, a workshop by Director Nobuhiro Suwa who directed “Voices in the Wind” was held in Venue no.2 at NTT Cred Hall. The theme of the workshop is “Film Education in Japan: Learning from the Experiences of French Children”.
Director Suwa explained film education in France and the activities of the "Children Meet Cinema" that was organized by himself, films used as teaching materials in the class and images actually shot by children, and talked, “What is a film production?" as a hidden theme. Video production by children in the "Children Meet Cinema” begins when they feel that a seemingly ordinary scenery such as stairs and waterways is "somewhat interesting".
The audience was surprised when a short video that expresses the distance of the heart by the character walking across the waterway and a silent video that metaphorized power balance of the characters by the standing position where they were placed on the upper and lower stairs were broadcast. As the director said, "The placement of characters reflects the values of the video creator,” we felt the children's flexible creativity.
Finally, the director summed up, "If you were a student, you are required to reach the correct answer, but there is no correct answer in art. In society, we are required to be easy to understand, but art is difficult to understand." The workshop was full of content that deepened the perspective of watching films.