Community Film Making involves creating films with, for and about people of all ages and backgrounds on their own terms.
I aim to create media which tells important and personal stories, that can shape our ideas about the world and lead to positive social and political action. This starts with giving more people a voice through participatory work – either through giving participants the tools to voice their ideas and make films themselves, or working on commissions which are developed collaboratively.
I work with arts organisations, youth groups, community projects, schools, charities, advocacy groups and do community-based work in the public sector across the West Midlands. I am particularly interested in exploring projects connected to heritage, community action, oral histories, social justice and urban wildlife.
My skillset involves:
- Helping groups source funding
- Drawing up a project plan with participants, encouraging creative input and explaining the film making process throughout
- Bringing in other creative professionals when needed – this has previously included drama facilitators, photographers, textile artists and historians!
- Teaching participants the basics of using all equipment through hands on, fun and accessible bespoke workshops
- Filming, audio recording and photography
- Film editing
- Assisting with film screenings and exposure through Social Media
I am currently developing my participatory practice, with a focus on using participants’ personal testimonies to develop creative, impactful projects.
For more details or even if you would just like to discuss ‘Community Film Making’ in more detail, please get in touch!