Filmmaking Project, Not that I Remember
Aim: To make a film that shared experiences and spoke to young people.
Commissioned by Norfolk Children’s Services, made in collaboration with The Matthew Project and Community Music East.
”I go to Diss high School, and I watched “Not that I remember” in citizenship when we were learning about how to look after ourselves – PSHE. I thought it was excellent and I remember parts of it still! It was easy to understand because there were normal looking teenagers that you’d see every day, which made it seem more real. Also, it had a believable plot – which made you think that it could happen to you. I enjoyed watching it and found that I learned more from it than having three lessons with textbooks! So thank you.”
How the project worked:
Content: We ran four filmmaking sessions. The project began with two-hour evening workshops where young people explored the pressures surrounding drug and alcohol use. They then planned a short film which we shot over the following workshops. The young people then critiqued the film and came up with ways of improving the process in future.
This lead into a five-day film school.
Day one: We explored the issues surrounding drug and alcohol use in more depth. Participants who felt comfortable doing so shared their experiences, views, and stories. We recorded these conversations, audio only.
These audio recordings became the basis of the script for our final 15-minute short film. We used games and exercises to develop our characters. We explored what makes a good film and strong characters.
Day two: With the scripts finished, we went straight into casting, and pre-production, finding our props and locations.
Day three and four: We shot our film across local locations.
Day five: We started the edit. We then met up twice after the initial five-day course to consult on the editing process.