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Nightmare at School

Nightmare at School

| 8 min

Who hasn't felt apprehensive at the thought of starting high school? Playing on imagination and humour, this short film offers viewers a thought-provoking piece dealing with the transition that young people between the ages of 10 and 13 experience. Inspired by the work of Escher and Magritte, Catherine Arcand has created a graphically rich film through optical illusions and trompe-l'oeil effects. Her style aptly illustrates the theme of perceptions and is perfectly suited to conveying the dream world into which the film takes us. A film without words.

  • direction
    Catherine Arcand
  • script
    Catherine Arcand
  • animation
    Catherine Arcand
    Luc Chamberland
  • computer graphics
    Catherine Arcand
  • script consultant
    Mario Bonenfant
    Claudine Gévry
  • set design
    Claudine Gévry
  • digital imaging specialist
    Susan Gourley
    Pierre Plouffe
  • digital imaging - assistance
    Jean-Marc Brosseau
    Benoît Chagnon
  • digitization
    Jean Yuson
  • picture editing
    Natacha Dufaux
  • music
    Normand Roger
  • sound design
    Normand Roger
  • music collaboration
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • sound design - collaboration
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • extra music
    Marc Bélanger
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Shelley Craig
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
  • recording on film
    Pierre Landry
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • marketing officer
    Julie Arseneault
    Julie Roy
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative staff
    Diane Ayotte
    Michèle Labelle
  • technical coordinator
    Julie Laperrière
  • line producer
    Francine Langdeau
  • development producer
    Marc Bertrand
  • executive producer
    Michèle Bélanger
    Marcel Jean
  • producer
    Michèle Bélanger


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Ages 10 to 17

Nightmare at School

Study Guide - Guide 1

Diversity - Identity
Family Studies/Home Economics - Parenting
Health/Personal Development - Body Image
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Human Growth and Development

Ask students to discuss some of their fears and apprehensions about school, especially starting a new school. Are these fears justified? Explore some of the reasons why public speaking is intimidating for students. What can your teachers do to help you overcome this fear? What strategies can you use to help yourself?

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