At the beginning of February 2016 I started working in The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in its Maidenhead branch as a Film and Tv teacher. So every Saturday morning I would get up at 7:30 and head to Paddington, where I’d take the train that would leave me in Maidenhead, and spend the morning with 60 kids from 6 to 17 years.
It was actually a bit of a rough entry in the school, as the previous teacher left unexpectedly to work at a Netflix series as A.d. There were three short films ongoing with the deadline just one month ahead and the scripts were barely developed. I was in charge of two groups of students, and each of one had to make a three minute film with this conditions:
-A line of dialog: “You just couldn’t help yourself, could you?”
-A prop: a pasta colander and a single shoe.
-A costume: a uniform (other than a school uniform).
The groups and I set up to work in order to create two compelling films: Truth or Dare and The Bee. Truth or Dare is a horror film about three friends who break into their school at night to recover the cellphone of one of them, and the terrible consequences of that action. And The Bee is a slapstick comedy confined in a small car, winner of the award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking in the Three Minute Wonders category in the PQA Film Festival.