“Les éclaireurs”: the local elected politician
“Les éclaireurs” (The Pathfinders) is a video series popularizing the basic principles on which French public policy is founded. The goal is to talk about public policy in a lighthearted way while presenting the key elements to better understand the challenges.
For the second episode, we’ve selected the topic: “the local elected politician”, a subject which is at first glance rather well-known, but which is nonetheless mysterious.
To prepare for shooting the film, we read different books and meet with the sociologist Alain Faure.
The film was shot in one day in June 2015. A booklet accompanying the film is almost finished, but the film is already available (in French, see the link above).
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A word about the method
What format is best for popularizing the main ideas of public policy?
We have deliberately chosen two, which we feel are complementary. One is a video that synthesizes, explains and is purposely unconventional, unorthodox, funny. The image speaks to us, makes us smile and surprises us. The second is a booklet that can be printed and that delves deeper into the underlying principle(s), refers to our source material and proposes examples.
The idea of a sequence shot or long take where the situations follow one after another came forth naturally as the best way to recount public policy evaluation. So as to best represent the various questions raised in the video, we patterned the film, to give an example, on Goldberg machines and on OK GO music clips.
To shoot the sequence shot, the Les Beaux Yeux team used a camera stabilizer to make the image perfectly smooth.