The Electro Suite – Une petite analyse

Bonjour à tous !

Je m’appelle Hugo. Pour ceux qui ne me connaissent pas, j’ai lancé l’année dernière le Club Cinéma ; qui a été repris cette année par le très talentueux et très beau Thomas Cagnac.

La raison de chaque instance de ma présence en public est de m’accaparer quelques minutes de votre temps pour faire état de certaines de mes découvertes ou redécouvertes culturelles, en analysant le contenu d’une ou plusieurs œuvres comme j’ai eu l’honneur de le faire pendant les séances Ciné de l’année dernière. Vous pouvez en déduire facilement que je suis un narcissiste psychopathe fini, avec une condescendance culturelle poussée. Mais passons.

Parler de Cinéma est quelque chose que j’ai déjà pu faire avec plus ou moins d’aisance par le passé et permet d’aborder une pléthore de sujets en pagaille en plus de nombreux thèmes plus ou moins en rapport direct. J’ai pu aborder le cadrage, la lumière, le scénario, les dialogues et la musique de plusieurs films et je vais recommencer ici en m’attardant justement sur la musique d’un film.

Ou plutôt une musique issue d’un film. Je vais vous parler pendant cette chronique de la Suite Electro composée par Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Le Roi Lion, Inception…) pour le film The Amazing Spider Man 2. Vous savez, celui avec Andrew Garfield et Emma Stone. Pas celui avec Toby MacGuire. Et pas celui avec Tom Howards. Et pas la série animée. Enfin BREF, la musique d’un film.

La musique dans le cinéma est un sujet vaste car elle se doit de s’adapter à son médium de base. On a plein de cas de figure mais je vais me concentrer ici sur le cas particulier de la musique d’un personnage spécifique. C’est un sous-genre particulier qui sert à dresser en plus de la narration du film le portrait d’un personnage, ses enjeux ou son ton avec une orchestration particulière.

Des exemples simples : Vous connaissez tous celui-ci The Imperial March. Dark Vador est un personnage important, menaçant, militaire, sombre et son thème musical à base de cuivres imposant est repris à plusieurs endroits des films. Un autre : The Avengers Theme. Les Avengers ! triomphal, héroïque, incarne l’espoir. Pleins d’autres exemples de films existent : le Terminator, Batman, etc. Dans les jeux vidéo aussi d’ailleurs, pour ceux qui reconnaissent Bonetrousle. C’est une dimension importante d’un film de divertissement, un personnage est bien plus marquant quand le film fait l’effort de lui consacrer une partie de sa bande-son !

Mais cette introduction est bien trop longue ! Continuons.

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Rentrée 2019

C’est la rentrée !

Aujourd’hui, mardi 3 septembre, l’école accueille ses nouveaux élèves. Tous sont conviés à l’amphi de présentation à 13h30 à l’amphi Weil, situé sur le campus universitaire.

L’ensemble de l’équipe du blog vous souhaite une excellente rentrée 2019 !

Quant au blog, il va prochainement redevenir actif pour vous tenir informé toute l’année de l’actualité de l’école. Restez connectés !

The « Défi stop » hitchhiking contest

On the week-end from the 22nd to the 24th of march, the BDE from Polytech Nantes organized the 7th edition of the Defi-Stop in which I had the opportunity to participate. This is an event in which all the Polytech students from the 13 schools in France are invited to participate.

It is a hitchhiking contest that takes place every year, and the rules are very simple. The participants must form a team of 2 people and all leave from their respective schools on the 22nd at 18h, they then have 48 hours to go as far as they can and come back using only their thumb and the public transports inside the cities. If a teams comes back late, they will have a penalty and will have points deducted from their total kilometers.

Student can also earn point by completing different challenges from a list, those include meeting another team, taking a picture on a border, getting picked up by a tractor and many more.

This year over 100 team from all the Polytech schools participated in the Défi Stop to try and beat last years record of 1131km or just to travel around France and the neighbouring countries.

Throughout all the adventure the students can enter their location and post photos on the website so that anyone can follow their progression. It also allows us to meet up with other students once we arrive in a big city since many people have common destinations.

You can also count on the Polytech network by contacting the student from other schools who will be happy to let you sleep on their couch if you get stuck in their town overnight.

Overall this was a great experience and I plan on participating again next year.

The Stamp Collector: a student story in English!

The students of the In English! section of the blog were invited to read some stories written by the 5th year students who followed the Advanced English course. They elected the best story: ‘The Stamp Collector’, written by Servan Charlot, an INFO student. Check it out by clicking below:

The Stamp Collector, a story by Servan Charlot

And here are the sources used by Servan to write his story : https://github.com/Servan42/AI_story

Tips to improve your English skills as a French student

Learning a new language requires a lot of effort, commitment and investment. The problem of the majority of French speakers is not only that they have not spent enough time to study pronunciation correctly, but also they have spent all their life pronouncing things wrong (and thinking that they were pronouncing it correctly).
Indeed, in which world can « choir » (chorus) be pronounced as « quaia »? It’s that they do not even look alike! And I am not talking about any exceptions, just have a look at more common words like « water » (water) pronounced « ou – o – tah » (in British English)

 

It is common knowledge that the learning of English is not immediate, but here I will offer you a few tricks to practice your knowledge and surpass them.
The first thing you want to do is slow down! Many people believe that if you talk very fast, it is more difficult to correct bad habits. Practice some basic things every day. It starts with simple sounds, then continues with words and later go on to pronounce whole sentences.

To improve your vocabulary, you can read in English, as having clear notions of what you are going to read allows you to build better grammatical bases. You can read anything, from novels to short stories, news articles, anything, as long as you enjoy what you are reading. A good way to start reading in English: read books you’ve already read and enjoyed in French.

In English, the writing and pronunciation of words are different in the vast majority of cases and this can cause confusion. Once you have learned to differentiate the sounds corresponding to each letter, the next step is to achieve an accent that brings you closer to the pronunciation of the natives.
To achieve that, you need to learn to listen, in order to pronounce better. In this life we go so fast that we even forget to listen. I do not mean to hear what they say, but to listen with calm and attention. However, it is the key to improve pronunciation, because in the end what we want is to imitate a way of speaking.
But, what to listen to will you ask? Well, subscribe to a British or American YouTuber!
Some have become very famous and have millions of visits in each video! From videogames to fashion, to beauty, travel or simply people who record themselves telling their lives and adventures … There are for all tastes, you just have to choose yours!
And why do I recommend YouTube and not to watch TV, listen to the radio or watch movies to improve pronunciation? For the simple reason that in Youtube Videos, there are native speakers who are talking in a natural way, in exactly the same way that a British would talk in the street: vocabulary, expressions, speed, and intonation…
Listen as the natives pronounce the words and try to identify the sounds that are made. Pronounce the words aloud again and again until you notice that you have said it correctly.
Once you have integrated these three main points, here are 3 tips to work on your pronunciation in English
1. Differentiate vowels with the same sounds
This is something that usually happens for example in the words « beer » and « bird », or the very famous « sheet » and « shit ». The trick here is to always pronounce the combination « ee » with the vowel « i » of the French language, while the words with « i » as the second case of each example, it is better to pronounce them with an « e » of our language, but very soft.
2. Convert the O into an A and the A in an O
That’s right, the correct pronunciation of the O is often a kind of combination between O and A! Try to pronounce in this way some words like « rock » or « color » and you will see the difference, they sound in a much more natural way.
An exception to this rule is when the O is at the end of the word, as in « Do », in which case it becomes a French « ou ».
Converting the letter A in an O does not apply to all words that carry the letter A, but you have probably noticed in many words the A has a sound more like the O of our language. Take for example words like « Awesome », « Walking », « Talking », « Although », « All », in all these the pronunciation of the A corresponds to an O.
3. Blowing the P, T and K
A good way to sound more natural during pronunciation is to « blow » the P, T and K. This means that you shall not make a dry sound as is normally done in the French language, but should try to « take a breath » with them as you are pronouncing them.

After working on the pronunciation, you need to actually talk right? For that, two main tips. First, you should record yourself speaking English. In order to know where your errors are at the time of pronouncing or to what aspects you should pay more attention, it is better to analyse the way you speak from the outside. You will be surprised to hear yourself and you can more easily change what you think should be improved. And last but not least: share with a partner! Having someone with whom going through an English language learning process is a good way to compare your own progress in the language. Practice, learn and try to solve your doubts with your partner.

Finally, you must remember that constant practice will give you greater fluidity. Apply the tips I have detailed and you will notice the progress in the way you speak and thus pronounce English

Good Luck!