Cinema in a TED classroom, fiction? No, reality!

Last year, Isabelle Guertin undertook with her autistic students the realization of a fantastic film of about twenty minutes. The project will culminate with the big premiere, next April, in front of students and parents!

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Last year, Isabelle Guertin undertook with her autistic students the realization of a fantastic film of about twenty minutes. The project will culminate with the big premiere, next April, in front of students and parents!

The teacher from Louis-Philippe Paré high school in Châteauguay introduced her 13 to 15-year-old students to cinema with the program material The cinema eye, from the Association des cinémas parallèles du Québec. The young people took up the challenge of building the scenario from A to Z in the Celtx software. Each student contributed according to their academic level. “It's free, easy-to-use software that helped students write by the rules,” she explains. As I wanted to submit the film to a competition and we were limited in time, I did the editing. On the other hand, the young people will edit the bloopers in Pinnacle, at school. "

The young people all had to experience the different roles that a film production requires: scripters, boom operators, cameramen, make-up artists, costume designers, set managers, etc. They also wrote the sponsorship request letters for the premiere and created the posters. “It really allowed us to discover each other's talents,” says the teacher. The project obviously made it possible to work on French, but also on the arts by creating sets and costumes. It has also been beneficial in terms of perseverance and motivation.

The students were also confronted in their "TED characteristics". “These are young people who need a routine and who show a certain rigidity. But during the shooting, it was no longer the school schedule and there were unforeseen events every day, ”underlines Ms. Guertin, visibly proud of the work accomplished.

At the end of the project, Isabelle Guertin wishes to undertake a school tour with her students so that they can present their project. In addition, the teacher will give a conference about her project as part of the congress of the Quebec Association of Learning Disabilities, from March 21 to 23, in Montreal.

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Nathalie Cote
Nathalie is a journalist. His favorite themes are family, education, health, consumption, the environment and social phenomena. She contributes in particular to the newspaper La Presse.

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