sobota, 18. februar 2017

ERASMUS+ France, Clermont Ferrand DAY 21

So, this is kind of sad. Today is our last day in France and I must say I will definetly miss it. Even more than France I will miss my new friends, I've definetly made a lot of new powerful friendships. I will also miss Nadia scratch that I already miss her. She is our second mother and we love her so much. Today was really a sad day for me, we were free for most of the day, we just had to return our lunch cards for Lafayette and that was it. We went shoping one last time in Jaude which was very fun. Other than that we didn't do much, we cleaned the house and in the evening we surpirsed Nadia with some flowers and she was very happy. We had a nice chat late into the night. I will definetly remember this evening. I hope Nadia will come to Slovenia so we can show her our country and be her mentor in a way. I definitely want to see these guys again, Robin and two of his friends are coming to Slovenia in August and to be honest I can't wait. Besides all of that it really was a life changing experience, I've learnt a lot of new things and not just in our field of study but about life in general and I will cherish this knowledge for ever. Well this is it for us, we are done no more blogs for us. I would like to thank everybody that helped make this exchange possible from the bottom of my heart.
Oh and Nadia if you are readying this, THANK YOU again really, because of you this experience was 100 times better. Also I hope that the house was clean enough.



petek, 17. februar 2017

ERASMUS+ France, Clermont Ferrand DAY 20

Today was a very interesting day. We once again went to Lafayette where we attented graphic design class, We were given an assigment to make a poster for an opening of a restaurant. We could only use cyan and brown, aslo we had to fit 200~ words in the poster. At first the assigment seemed easy, but we were very soon proven otherwise. We worked in pairs and had one hour to get the assigment done. I must admit that we had some problems communicating with the students, BUT we still finished the assigment successfully and the finished pieces looked almost 100% professional.
After graphic design class we had lunch, played some pool and got ready for our next class. We were told it's going to be drawing class, but it turned out that it was actually a class that revolved around photoshop. We were told to combine animals and landscapes in a cool looking manner that would grab the audiences attention. I must proudly say that we succeeded(picture below). It turned out the professor who had us, was a very successful illustrator, his drawings were absolutely gorgeus and almost life like(at first I thought he was showing us his photos, nope they were drawings).
After class I visited the cathedral and climbed to the top tower in Robin in Zack, it was absolutely gorgeous, you can see the whole Clermont-Ferrand and all the way to Lyon. Beautiful.
Aur revoir, Samo.

ERASMUS+ France, Clermont Ferrand DAY 19

Today we went to the national television station of Clermont-Ferrand where we met madam Natalie. She is one of two main reporters on the TV station, She and her colleague Patrick, that is one of the cameraman on the station. Natalia and Patrick have worked with one of  the most important people in the world, including Nelson Mandela. They were the main reporters on his election day.
When we first met Natalie and Patrick we were given their camera and asked to make some shots (the camera was worth 40,000€!). We filmed some test interviews and then reviewed the footage together with Natalie and Patrick. They told us some camera tricks, that go unnoticed but are crucial when filming. Patrick and Natalie asked us if we'd like to help set up a scene for an interview/photo shoot for a cosplayer that was on his way to the station. We happily obliged.
Just as we finished setting up the scene the cosplayer arrived. He was (and still is!) being followed on his journey to Switzerland, where he will be attending an internationall cosplay event.
After the shoot we got to play with a proffesional photo camera of one of the photographers (just the body of the camera costs 5,000€!). And I must say that the second you see the photo you took, you know where all that money went when you bought the camera. Absolutely amazing.
With that our time at the station has run out, so we headed home, where we got ready for a dinner with madam Nadia, Robin and Zack.
Madam Nadia took us to a very fancy restaurant in the middle of the city, where we ate Tartiflette. We were very surprised by the taste of it, because it tastes exactly like musaka! After the main dish, we ordered some(delicious) desserts, a beautiful way to finish our day. We headed home and collapsed into a food coma.
Aur revoir, Samo!

sreda, 15. februar 2017

ERASMUS+ France, Clermont Ferrand DAY 18

Today was not really the usual day. Me and Miha were grouped with a journalist Natalie and her cameraman Patrick, while Dragan and Samo went somewhere with a class. We had to do a report on two teens who want to become the best sheperds and are training for a big competition in paris. We had to drive 55km to a school for farmers in a Slovenian looking village. There are 600 students in the school, but the school area is huge as they have their own barns and fields and such.
First off we had to shoot some scenes in the classroom, but then we went to the barn where the sheep were. So right as we came to the barn there was a sheep giving birth and two students had to get the baby out. It was a long and bloody process and I still can't get the image out of my mind. So while that was happening, me and Miha found a really cute lamb, which we hanged out with until something happened. I'd witnessed the full cycle of life. The beauty of birth and the iciness of death. It happened like this. We were petting the lamb when suddenly a teacher ran next to us and in his hand, he was holding a newborn lamb by the legs. The whole thing happened in about 2 seconds, the first second went by with me thinking "oooh how cute, now they just have to clean it off and it's set to live life like the lamb it is" and the second second went by with me realising it was dead and the teacher giving CPR to it. Great way to start the day i tell you. After that little mixup the competing students had to successfully complete some exercises with the sheep and we took some pictures.
We had lunch with the teachers and what seemed interesting to me is that they had a lot of different types of cheese and they present it as dessert. Natalie and Patrick then showed us their tv station and how they edit their videos and it was really cool to see. Patrick let me edit some footage we filmed today and it was really fun. Tomorrow we're all going with Natalie and Patrick to interview a cosplayer, and I'm really excited about that.
Right now I need to clean my shoes from all the dirt and what-not from the barn and also we need to clean the house because tomorrow our principal and a teacher are coming and the house in its current condition doesen't even look like anything letalone a house.
Bor signing out.

Sheep witing for food

Natalie interviewing a student
Sheep barn
Patrick and his 60.000€ cameraa
Bor petting Francis II

torek, 14. februar 2017

ERASMUS+ France, Clermont Ferrand DAY 17

Today we went filming at 8:00 with our friends from Blaise Pascal. It was really hard for us because their equipment is obsolete copared to ours. We had lots of problems with the filming of our projects because of this. In fact Bor and Miha didn't film theirs while me and Samo somehow managed to film it. We had to film portraits of each other. We had to portray the french as we saw them and they had to portray us. Funny thing is that we learnd that they are way more creative than us.  But maybe it was because we are not used to waking up so early. I also learned that burning a burger with fire is not a good idea if you are holding it in your hand. Samo made our friend Elie walk into water for our portrait which was fun, he didnt mind though. Either way we had fun conquering the challenge that was the camera equipment and we were proud of the project that we filmed. We spent the rest of the day reminiscing upon the two weeks that we just spent in France and thinking about our last week here. 
Au revoir, Dragan.

ponedeljek, 13. februar 2017

ERASMUS+ France, Clermont Ferrand DAY 16

Hi, so we spent this sunday like we usually do, we spent most of the day inside editing our photos and preaparing for school. We didn't do anything special as we were very tired from the whole week, so we just took some time to catch up with our families which we do with the help of Skype. I think that slowly the homesickness will start to kick in in some of the guys. Infront of us is our last week in Clermont Ferrand, a lot of things are planned for this week. Me and Bor are going to the local news station in Clermont Ferrand where we will help preapare a report. Dragan and Samo are going to a photography exhibition where they will spent the whole day learning about photography. I'm very happy about this last two weeks, I feel like I've learnt a lot and made a lot of new friends. In a way I look forward to going home, but I will definetly miss Clermont Ferrand and the people. I look forward to tomorrow as I will learn a lot of things about television.
Au revoir, Miha.

Some of the photos we have edited

Viewpoimt on Puy de Dome

Bor admiring the view

1.465 m high

nedelja, 12. februar 2017

ERASMUS+ France, Clermont Ferrand DAY 15

Today was the last day of the Clermont-Ferrand film festival. Parties are being thrown, people are celebrating the success that the festival was. For me personally the festival was an eye opener. I have heard a lot about film festivals and their cinematagraphic value from our professor mag. Boštjan Miha Jambrek. Short movies I saw were mostly very lacking in the story aspect, but they redemeed themselves in composition, well cut shots and gorgeous color grading. 
Seeing the actual movies was quite difficult, since we had to be at the avenue the movie was playing at ATLEAST one hour before it started, if you came 45 minutes or 30 minutes before the screening, the line for the avenue was already too long and you were removed by the employees. This happened a few times and resulted in us and our french friend Robin (who was our guest in Slovenia a few months back) running through the city to the other avenue, hoping it's not completely filled. Usual screening lasted about 90 minutes and was contained 4-8 short movies, but there were a few exceptions. I would recommend this festival to anyone that can appreciate good cinematography (emphasis on the "good"), but doesn't really care about storytelling.
Au revoir, Samo.

This is the film festival banner,
it is all over Clermont-Ferrand