Practical heritage!

This week’s work experience student from Guilsborough School tells us about her experience on one of our heritage video workshops:

“I spent the day with a workshop for young adults and children as they filmed different projects that they are doing with Screen Northants. Each person attending the workshop had the chance to try different and new things, from helping set up a shot to filming, to acting and voice overs. Each person involved in the workshop had the opportunity to help out at each stage and have an input in what they were making. Nobody was left out.

This workshop began with the group recording voice overs from a script they helped create and when a sentence didn’t fit or somebody could not say a word they were all quick to jump in and help make any changes that needed to be made.

The workshop used two cameras at every location. When filming the different scenes in the Guildhall, one camera was set up on a tripod to get a shot while the other camera was used to capture shots from different angles throughout each take. The second camera was given to one of the young people from the workshop who took initiative and filmed what they thought would make a good shot while taking suggestions from other people in the group to make it a group effort.

Another young person from the workshop was sitting out of shot with a small boom mic and headphones to pick up the sound. Another member of the workshop was then acting in this scene. They all enjoyed the roles they had in filming this scene, but also liked swapping roles throughout the day.

We then moved on to film at Gold Street as the next part of the day was to tell the story of the pensioner who stopped burglars at a jewellery store in Northampton. With roles swapped about, everyone helped to set up the shot and filming began, with the two cameras being used once again to capture different camera shots and angles allowing everyone to get involved.

Filming then moved on to rehearsal studio Audio Works where props were used to make the modern setting look a lot less modern with blankets being thrown over modern sofas, an old map on the table and bottles with candles in as they filmed a scene about Guy Fawkes. Each member of the group in the scene dressed in outfits to make them look less modern including big coats and hats, which they all enjoyed wearing. This scene took longer to start filming as it was a struggle to know how the shot was going to look like after it was finished as the lighting was not the best, but the group provided suggestions on how to make it better and would wait patiently to film while going over the script.

It was clear just from watching that they were enjoying what they were doing at the different locations and that every part of the workshop has been something they have enjoyed being apart of. It is also clear to me just from observing that the workshop is really beneficial to young adults and children because just from seeing how the workshop was run and how they enjoyed the responsibility of having a role in the film being made and working with others and being able to gain new skills.”

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