Category: Projects

Reel Access Projects

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Creative Connections Showcase

Reel Access worked with three Birmingham primary schools as part of the Creative Connections programme. The children, aged 4–10, made their own artwork looking at the themes of heritage and identity at school and responding to their visits to Ikon gallery’s exhibitions by Vanley Burke, Fiona Banner, Dinh Q. Lê and Janet Mendelsohn.

The work produced included a sculpture, calendars, postcards, maps and a series of short films.

A weekend showcase of the children’s artwork, curated and promoted by young ambassadors from each school took place at Ikon.

The project was organised by Ikon in collaboration with Arts Connect.

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Super 74’s – A Voice 21 Film

In August this year we worked with a group of  young people from Sandwell’s Voice 21 editorial group to create a film, using archive, digital and newly filmed Super 8 footage, that gives an insight into life growing up on the Friar Park estate in Wednesbury during the 1970s.

Over the course of 5 sessions, using Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery as a base, the young people designed and shot a story involving the discovery of a time capsule which leads to reminiscences from local residents. These interviews take in stories from those residents who were teenagers during the 1970s as well as young peoples views about the estate now, in 2014. The film received its premiere in front of an invited audience at the end of September at the museum and art gallery where the group presented a new time capsule to the museum containing objects representing life today.

The film will go on to be part of a 1970s exhibition at the museum and art gallery in the coming months. If you are unable to visit the museum and art gallery you can watch the film below.

The project was commissioned by Black Country Museums Partnership in conjunction with Sandwell Museum Service and was managed by Liam Smyth and Tiffany Gee. Rich Franks of Blue and White Creative was the project consultant, setting up the premiere screening and created the Super 74’s branding. The archive footage used in the film has been kindly donated by the Jubilee Arts Archive.

Ignite The Planet In Our Hands

Ignite: The Planet In Our Hands

In February 2014 Reel Access had the opportunity to work with Thinktank’s Young People’s Forum, Ignite, and interview Professor Sir Mark Walport and Professor Alice Roberts to make a film about climate change.

We began by giving Ignite a crash course in filmmaking. None of them had ever made a film before so we started by going through what pre-visual information a film maker might need. They learnt about shot selection and how filmmakers use various shots to focus on character. They then moved on to thinking about their own film and how to shoot the main component, the interview itself. We got them thinking about how to shoot the two Professors and what questions they might ask. We also got them to explore the Thinktank looking for locations for filming and to consider how suitable they would be. We finished our first session by having a look at the cameras were going to use and practicing setting up for the interview.

In our second session we got the group to film the shots that will surround their interview. They were quite amazed at the amount of material that needs to be shot even to create their short film. Part of the group captured the shots that establish the location and were to be used as cut aways. A second group interviewed other young people about climate change and the role they play in it.

In our final session at Thinktank we finally met Professor Alice Roberts and Professor Sir Mark Walport to film the climate change interview. The group started by filming some of cut aways with Mark and Alice walking around the museum and exploring some of the exhibits. They then filmed the interview itself, asking Mark and Alice a range of questions ranging from the affects of the recent floods to the role of young people in tackling climate change. They finished up by filming the questions again, this time with the Ignite group being filmed asking a question each. These would later be edited in to look like a full interview. We then took all this footage away and added graphics and music to bring the whole film to completion.

Ignite are a group of young people aged 16-24 who volunteer for the museum. To learn more about the project head to the Thinktank blog –


Birmingham Hippodrome Summer School 2013

They learned to dance, they learned to sing, they learned to act and they learned all the technical aspects of putting on a production at The Birmingham Hippodrome. Man, young people are talented these days!

Oh, and they also learned how to film it all, watch this years Hippodrome Summer School film online here.


Re-Awakening Lea Village Festival

The weather was in our favour and the people of Lea Village came out to enjoy the traditional atmosphere and festivities of our Village Festival. A lot of fun was had, the community was united and quite importantly we affirmed the rightful place name of ‘Lea Village’.

The feedback about the screenings, activities and performances was fantastic. Take a look at these lovely photographs of the day taken by Jack Adams.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who contributed, helped, volunteered, visited, enjoyed, acted and filmed with us at the event.

The Re-Awakening Lea Village Festival  was such a great event but we couldn’t have done it without the incredible people of Lea Village.

The Bristol St. Cinema

The Bristol Street Cinema – Secret City Arts

This one of the films created as part Secret City Arts’ recent community history project funded by Heritage Lottery- All Our Stories Fund. The project explored the history and stories in and around Woodview, Edgbaston.
The cinema is now gone but many people still remember it in all it’s glory.

The drama work was based on creative sessions using archive material with students from BMET College.

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Reel2Relay – BMX

The forth segment of our Olympic inspired Reel 2 Relay film.

The Birmingham City Council funded project in which we worked with ten community groups across Birmingham. The film was shown at numerous locations across Birmingham including outside the Mailbox as part of our Olympic celebrations.

With help from John Bradburn and Andy Paton from Staffordshire University.