The Parade (Direction)

Michail Galanopoulos – The Parade (Direction)

A day in the life of a group of high school students in Athens, Greece, during the day of the national military parade.

Diploma project (2022) by Michail Galanopoulos

Professors
Stéphane Batut

Fiction / 24 min

Synopsis

A group of high school students meet to participate in the national parade with their school. A student, is bullied by the teacher because of her nationality. They react, defend her and the conflict becomes intense. To avoid the consequences, they decide to run away. They settle on the top of a nearby hill and spend the rest of the day there, as an act of escapism.

Up there, they seem to have forgotten their anxieties and problems, as if they were in another world.

Student's comment

The film’s cinematographic approach is anthropocentric and strongly focused on the characters of the story. The use of handheld camera allows us to follow multiple characters, not limiting the actors’ movements, but also giving them the freedom to experience the real locations in which they are filmed.

The editing, with breaks in the axis several times in the duration of a scene, connecting several shots that depict the same action and pass from one character to another, was chosen specifically for this type of cinematography. The sound establishes continuity throughout each scene.

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1/5

Set photographs
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1/3