IFT course at Chelsea Community Hospital School
In February 2013 the IFT ran a course with Chelsea Community Hospital School (CCHS), which is housed in the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in West London and also works at three other hospital sites in London.
The school serves long-term patients at the hospital, as well as pupils who have been withdrawn from neighbouring schools because of various individual problems, such as bullying. It aims to ensure that children and young people have their rights to education preserved whilst in hospital (www.cchs.org.uk).
Ben Lewis, careers coordinator at CCHS, praised the performance of the “inspirational” IFT tutors on the course, which involved pupils with a range of ages. “I really cannot thank you enough for your patience and flexibility,” he said. “To produce a short film with a complex storyline with so many barriers as you did in only two days is incredible!”
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IFT course at The Link Primary School
In February 2012, the IFT was awarded a £6,000 grant under the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme. This enabled the IFT to launch a new film-making course in partnership with The Link primary school in Croydon, which works with children with communication and learning difficulties. A group of eight children, all aged 10 or 11, made three separate three-minute films, each of which was produced collectively. This was sixth course to be run under the IFT’s Film School in a Box (FSIB) initiative (see below).
The completed films were shown at the Apollo Piccadilly on Friday 23rd March to an audience of friends, family members and other guests. Everyone had a great time!
“I should like to reiterate how extremely pleased I am with the outcome of the project,” said Beverley Dixon, head teacher at The Link. “It was an absolute joy to observe the children’s skills developing over time and to see the enjoyment they took from being involved in their own learning. The tutors are a real credit to your organisation.”
And their pleasure was evident from the way they fielded questions about their work at the screening event. Graham Bass, the Mayor of Croydon, subsequently congratulated the organisers for “what were obviously rewarding and valuable projects.”
Awards for All is a joint awards programme set up to help small groups.
It involves three Lottery distributors: the Big Lottery Fund, CreativeScotland and sportscotland. It makes grants to help people take part in arts, sport, social, environmental, health-related, educational and other community activities.
IFT Completes Shooting Stage of PIP Course
At the start of February 2012 the IFT completed the shooting stage of a film-making course that it has been running with Pursuing Independent Paths, the UK charity which works to extend independence and choice to adults with learning difficulties. This grows out of work that the IFT has done to provide training to disadvantaged people who would not ordinarily get access to film-making equipment.
The six course participants, aged 18 to 30, produced five separate films, each about three minutes long, all made on a collective basis. The completed films were shown at the Apollo Piccadilly on 23 March 2012 to an audience of friends, family members and other guests. More on PIP
“Working with accessible digital technology was an easy and effective means of engaging PIP’s vulnerable adults,” said PIP director Bill Feeney. “The IFT project offered great opportunities for disabled adults to learn and develop new skills and express themselves creatively as a group in a non-judgemental environment.”
“A fantastic opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to be supported in sharing their imaginations and creativity to the world,” added PIP staff member Anusia Manduk-Cheyne. “All students really enjoyed the whole process from start to finish! It was a pleasure to be a part of it”
IFT partners with The Hampton Project
One of the IFT’s 2011 film-making ventures saw it team up with The Hampton Project, an educational charity based in South London, which works with young people who have been excluded from mainstream education and who have committed a criminal offence or are felt to be at risk of doing so. Course participants produced two short films, one of which you can see here, which were screened to an invited audience at the Apollo Piccadilly on 8 July 2011. The project received support from the Coutts Charitable Trust and the Music Sales Charitable Trust. More on The Hampton Project.
“It was one of the most well organised and most productive projects that we have been involved with.” said Hampton project manager Tom Muir. “The Film School in a Box delivers what it promises to do. We have worked with many outside agencies but FSIB stands out because of the professionalism of its tutors and organisers. The young people really enjoyed the experience.
Film School in a Box
Film School in a Box (FSIB) was set up by The Independent Film Trust and the Raindance organisation in order to support disadvantaged, homeless or refugee kids to communicate through film-making. Each of these organisations has been involved with a number of charitable projects, working with community centres and schools. One 2008 course which worked particularly well was a two-day screenwriting, film-making and editing intensive, in conjunction with Royal Holloway, one of the four largest multi-faculty colleges of the University of London. More
In the summer of 2002, Raindance organised a number of film-making events in selected London schools through its Raindance Kids Workshop.
In January 2010, the IFT and Raindance started the Vision Shorts eight-week film-training course in collaboration with Portugal Prints. The latter is part of Westminster Mind, the charity which enables people affected by mental ill health to lead fulfilling and productive lives by providing services in the community and by working with carers, family members, health and social care professionals and employers. The course involved about 10 individuals aged 18 to 65. Vision Shorts has since featured in The Guardian. Read the full article here! You can also find a gallery of photos from the eventual screening of the completed films at the Apollo cinema, and one of the films, Night Music by Paul Jacques,here.
The response to the course was enormous.
“The workshop yesterday was again amazing” said Jill Bryan, project worker at Portugal Prints. “We are staggered by how much people are getting out of the sessions. And Elliot’s ability to hold the group spellbound is phenomenal. Marta and Ad, our managers here, say that they have never known a group of people here to be so focused on a project. So thank you all for agreeing to work with us and support it.”
“Some of our clients find it very difficult to get involved in this sort of work,” added Marta Badia, manager of Portugal Prints. “And yet they have been telling me how much they are enjoying this. You have a real knack to get people involved and for them to feel good about what they achieve. It has been a real treat to work with you, with so much enthusiasm, understanding, patience and support. Our workers here are enjoying this opportunity very much and I know it is because of the way you have led the work (together with Jill of course).”
“Thank you because I know how much more than could have been expected you and your team have done for us.”
In June 2010 the IFT ran a two-day course for nine students in the 14-16-year age-group in partnership with Wandsworth City Learning Centre.
In July 2010 it organised a similar course in partnership with Stoke Newington School in Hackney.
“The course was well structured and resourced with professional and insightful leadership of the two tutors,” said Sean Moore, head of media. “All of the students were enthusiastic and engaged throughout and clearly impressed with the films they produced.”
“The range of skills from scripting, storyboarding, shooting and editing was well managed and highly beneficial to their educational development,” he added. “The tutors also helped them to create original musical scores for their films and improved the creativity of their editing choices.”
The two films produced will go on to be exhibited in the school and the students on the course will be used as experts to share the techniques learnt.