New Town Heritage Explorers: a proposal to Milton Keynes Council
The themes of children and education run strongly through our work. I’m currently editing a film for a school and planning two more that include workshops to teach children something of our craft and enable us to make the films as a team. Our producer Keely teaches in schools part-time which is invaluable when planning projects like these.
This first short film is a sample from our current project. I spent seven days at the school over a couple of months and worked increasingly closely with the children and their teachers as the narrative developed.
The second film below shows elements of a project to raise awareness of a London borough’s conservation, planning and housing issues. We made it with a community group and it had a real impact on the debate over a controversial development.
Our projects often see young people with a range of backgrounds and abilities taking the lead on both sides of the camera. We recently had children making food in the kitchen for advertising campaigns and young people briefing me to produce images in arts workshops at the National Portrait Gallery.
Three of the photographers we employed to help run the Football Association’s official photo library initially came to us as students on work experience. All of them are now successful freelance sports photographers.
In addition to our services as directors, photographers, sound recordists and editors, the workshops we’ve designed to teach basic principles of film making to young people would fit really well with the brief.
My keen interest in social history and our experience as urban photographers and film makers makes New Town Heritage Explorers a very appealing idea.
We’d love to make a contribution and help make the most of it.