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 – blog.thinktank.ac
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.
Next Friday Friday 30 November 2012 sees the Premier Official Screening of ‘Run For It’ a film made in Lea Village. The film is based on Alan Sillitoe’s short story ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’.
The film has been produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Reel Access and was filmed and stars young people aged 14 – 18 from Birmingham. The film will screen continuously between 5 – 7pm at The Pump, Kitts Green.
Along side the screening you can enjoy the events and activities being put on as part of the Lea Village Christmas Light Switch On festivities. The event kicks off at 4pm and will be a fun night out for all the family.
The First Light animation project has gotten off to a good start, with children from the play scheme at The Pump telling us very specifically what they would like to see through their windows. A few chocolate rivers, candyfloss clouds and ginger bread parachutists later, and we have ourselves the beginnings of an insightful narrative. The View from My Window is looking to be an exciting film made by children at The Pump youth centre and The Oval primary school, this varied collection of young minds helps capture a true essence of the local area. They have begun creating and experimenting with many forms of animation, including ‘claymation’, ‘humanimation’ and chalk animation.
Reel Access has been able to make this project happen after receiving funding from First Light Movies. With this First Light project we hope to emulate the success of a film we made with children last year, which was nominated for a ‘First Light Award’, and cannot wait to see the finished view from their window.
RAFT (Reel Access Film Theatre) is well into its 4th year and continues to produce exciting and thought provoking pieces of film. Their recent First Light funded film ‘Problems’ received a nomination for a First Light Award and won Best Film by Young People at the Buxton Film Festival. Now meeting at mac, RAFT is always looking for new members to join. If you are aged between 13 and 19 and have an interest in drama and film come along to mac every Wednesday during term time. The sessions run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and is £75 per term. for more information regarding RAFT contact George Fleming at : email@example.com or to book contact mac’s box office.
Despite cuts to film education and the loss of our regional Screen Agency, Screen WM, Reel Access remains loyal to the concept of the Film and Media Education Hub and is still working closely with mac to deliver film and media education with a variety of groups and organisations across the city. A focal point for the Hub will be a film and creative media festival for young people so as we develop this, watch this space!