Rules of the game 


YEAR 2022-2023

Centred / Decentred


Exercise 1 :  Set / detail & voice-over / image

Choose an image (photography or painting) from the set of images provided. In this image, identify a particular detail that attracts your attention and interests you. Record a comment on this detail (why, what situation does it evoke for you, etc.). Then film this detail and several others in the chosen image (at least 2 or 3) in a static shot, in any order you wish. The commentary on the chosen detail will cover all the detail shots in voice-over. Thus, there will be a gap between what we hear and what we see, except when the chosen detail is in the picture.

At the end of the video, the whole image is revealed.

You can choose a different image from those proposed by the CCAJ, but it must be an image with a lot of detail, allowing you to carry out this exercise.

Maximum duration: 2′ (3 to 5 static shots)Individual or group exercise

Exercise 2 : Sound/Image

Film a sequence where sound and image are decentered in relation to each other.

Maximum duration: 2′ (sequence shot or montage of several shots)Individual or group exercise

Exercise 3 :  Decentering in the shot

In a single sequence shot: accompany a character in a situation (free). At one point, without justification, the camera leaves the character to film an object, a situation, a detail, a gesture, etc., which at first has no apparent connection with the situation the character is experiencing. 

The camera catches up with the character and we discover that there was indeed a link (expressive, narrative) between the elements chosen for the decentered shot and the character’s moment, centered.

Maximum duration: 2′ (sequence shot, no editing)

Group exercise

Make a short film centered on a situation.

Introduce temporary decentered effects that produce emotion and/or meaning (temporary abandonment of the central subject, fading in the shot, image/sound shift, discomfort to see, light, distraction of the character, etc).

The film can be inspired by a situation present in the exercises.


Duration: 5 to 10′ max (including credits).


Taking part in the blog is one of the rules of the game!

The blog gives the different workshops the opportunity to interact throughout the year, before meeting each other.
The students can share their experiences (they are the ones who express themselves): the films they have seen, the shootings, the reflections, the questions, with photos, drawings, videos… But be careful, the films from the workshops should not be posted on the blog before the June screening in Frankfurt!
By December 15, each workshop will start by introducing itself: the group, the place where the workshop is taking place (hall, school, village or town), etc. In its own language, but also in English or French.