Young filmmakers from Bristol have worked with Knowle West Media Centre’s creative agency Eight to produce three films about projects in the South West that are supported by Children in Need (CiN).
Eight supported a group of young people from Bristol to produce and direct the ‘where the money went’ films for BBC Points West, hiring young people from KWMC and partners Off the Record and Creative Youth Network as apprentices to work on the production.
In October 2018 the young people chose the three projects they wanted to visit to capture their stories: Alliance Homes, Jamie’s Farm and National Star. They conducted broadcast interviews with staff, volunteers and people supported by the projects, shooting and editing the films with support from Eight’s experienced filmmakers. The young people also co-produced original soundtracks for the films, working with music producers from KWMC.
In November 2018 the films were broadcast on BBC Points West on three consecutive evenings. You can watch the films by following the links below:
Check out the behind the scenes footage where the filmmakers are interviewed about their experiences too.
Some of the filmmakers attended the live Children in Need broadcast on 16 November 2018 at the Bottleyard Studios in South Bristol, where filmmaker Donnell Asare and Mena Fombo, KWMC’s Young People’s Programme Manager, were interviewed on air.
Liam McKinnon at Off The Record commented: “We were super-excited to be involved in this filming project with BBC Children in Need. Off The Record is all about empowering young people so it was fantastic to see that a real emphasis was placed on giving young people the opportunity to create and film their own piece, in their own words. The young people from our Zazi project really enjoyed the experience.”
About the partners
KWMC’s programme for young people – Jump Studios – is supported by BBC Children in Need and offers a range of creative activities, training, coaching and support for young people aged 10+ to develop their skills, networks and confidence. Our creative agency, Eight, provides a range of creative services for clients ranging from web design to filming and editing. Eight’s traineeship scheme enables junior creatives to learn and earn as they undertake these commissions with the support of experienced mentors.
Off the Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Project Zazi is the name for OTR’s work with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) young people tackling issues of inequality, discrimination, oppression, culture and identity, promoting good physical and mental health, healthy relationships and positive lifestyles.
Creative Youth Network works to help young people remove or overcome the barriers they face by:
– Building trusting relationships with young people that enable us to address their individual needs
– Advocating for young people to influence policy and get young voices heard
– Providing a wide range of programmes and activities to help young people reach their potential
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