In Budapest, the Hungarian capital, there's one school where student gags and pranks are rewarded. ...
GV ZOOM IN Clown's making up their faces.
GV Girl making up face - PAN from reflection in mirror to girl.
CU Brush in palette, PAN UP to girl clown receiving instruction from teacher.
GV & CU Male clown presents female clown with dropping flower, which is watered back to life. (2 shots)
SCU Clowns parody William Tell legend.
GV & SV Girl clown being congratulate and receiving term report card. (2 shots)
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Background: In Budapest, the Hungarian capital, there's one school where student gags and pranks are rewarded. ...not punished. It's the Hungarian State Artists' School, which has a special course, training clowns of the future.
The student clowns work during the day, and at night go through the painstaking task of learning how to make people laugh. They spend the first year learning speech, movement, mime and caricature techniques. As well, there are juggling, make-up and folk-dancing classes.
The next half year is spent consolidating the initial lessons. Then the students have the opportunity of applying for scholarships, which allow them to spend more time clowning.
Both boys and girls attend the school. And, for the girls, the clowning is slightly more difficult. They not only have to be funny - but also retain some of their feminine nature. With heavy pancake make-up and outrageous costumes, that isn't easy.
Recently, the school term ended and the student clowns were given their and of term report, which sum up their progress so far. There were also demonstrations of their newly-learnt art.
The course, which so far has ben very successful, will continue. Another ten candidates already have been accepted.