Holocaust Memorial Day film

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th) is a day set aside each year to commemorate the lives of those lost or significantly changed in the Holocaust.

To mark this time Reelscape Community are working towards producing a short contemporary drama. We are looking for Northampton residents aged 16+ who would like to work alongside a professional film crew to make this film.

Participants will work on the script, pre-production, and on location for the shoot.

No film or photography experience is required; we are looking for a variety of people who have different skills and life experience.

This project aims to promote the sharing of skills between different ages, as well as producing a high quality film that can be distributed to film festivals, local schools, and the public.

Last year we produced a documentary for the Memorial Day, which you can view here. This coming year’s finished film will also have a screening at the Guildhall on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Workshops for this will take place in January and December (dates are on the enclosed form) at the Movie Hub located on the upper level of Weston Favell shopping centre as well we may have trips, and so transport will be provided.

To sign up to this project please fill in the attached form HMD adult letter and either email it to info@reelscape.org.uk or you bring it into the Movie Hub in person.

For more information please email info@reelscape.org.uk and you can visit our website www.reelscape.org.uk or like us on Facebook.

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Movie Hub work experience students at the University of Northampton

Student Tiffany: On the first Friday of my work experience, I was able to go to the Avenue Campus of Northampton University, where I, along with others was able to record a show for the UonTV  at the Uni. It was a very cool experience, as we got to go into their studio which was set up with lots of cameras and even a green screen. We also got to read off a Autocue which was sometimes very amusing as it would go to fast or too slow (depending on who was operating it) which ended up us losing words! Ha ha. It was also really interesting to see how all the clips went together. Altogether a very cool experience.

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Student Tyra: My university experience was insightful. I was introduced to a lot of things which I would have never been exposed to before. Getting the chance to be a presenter was very fun yet challenging because, the reading of the auto-cue led to hilarious bloopers. I got to try out a lot of high tech equipment which I would have never been exposed to before, such as using camera, lighting and using a mixing desk. It really gave me a chance understand the TV industry better with all the commotion going on.

Student Emma: At The Northampton University I was given the opportunity to use film cameras, a green screen room and auto-cue equipment and see how television is made behind the scenes. Even though learning how to use the equipment was quite complicated, I found it really interested, and enjoyed the challenge and problem solving.

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Student Caitlin: At Northampton University we had a good opportunity to learn about how a tv show is made, and how the equipment used works. I worked on the sound equipment for the microphones and the video clips used in the show, and also learnt how to use the auto-cue and do editing. It was a valuable experience to have, as it gave me a good insight into how a tv show operates. it also tested my skills in working as part of a team, because everything had to be done in union, involving a long of intercommunication and good timing.

Movie Hub trip to the Guildhall

We’ve taken lots of the Movie Hub kids to the Northampton Guildhall this week to meet the Deputy Mayor and tour the historic (but still very much in use) building. We’ve talked about its past uses, the fact that an election is currently happening and what that means for Northampton, and its potential use as a film location. It’s great that we can expand the Hub to put the skills they’ve developed in Weston Favell Shopping Centre into practice – using their confidence and communication skills to talk to new people, using what they know about film to look at the practicalities of the building and realise that lots of things go on behind the scenes in all industries. Looking forward to the tours of the Royal & Derngate next week. 20150423_170749 20150423_171149 20150423_171418 20150423_171502 20150423_172013 20150423_172025 20150423_172122 20150423_172639 20150423_172711 20150423_173203 20150423_173250 20150423_174029 20150423_174534 20150423_175028 20150421_170512 20150421_170527 20150421_170849 20150421_171658 20150421_171813 20150421_172526 20150421_174324 20150421_174458 20150421_174546

Week One in The Movie Hub at Weston Favell Shopping Centre

So Week One of The Movie Hub was pretty epic. We had our Open Day and gave out lots of application forms, then Safeguarding training where all our new volunteers got to meet each other for the first time. The first workshops took place: Lings, Arbours and Northampton Academy drew up a pretty wonderful ’employment contract’ for us all to work by and rehearsed some key scenes from feature film ‘Fortune Cookies’. We had a read through of Cookies by local professional actors in the Hub earlier this week and the kids’ held up pretty well!

Safeguarding training courtesy of NAYC
Safeguarding training courtesy of NAYC
Feature film Fortune Cookies script read through in The Movie Hub
Feature film Fortune Cookies script read through in The Movie Hub
The rules as devised by our group of students from Arbours and Lings Primary Schools and Northampton Academy
The rules as devised by our group of students from Arbours and Lings Primary Schools and Northampton Academy
Saturday morning group reading through Fortune Cookies and getting to know the characters
Saturday morning group reading through Fortune Cookies and getting to know the characters
Volunteer Georgie records one of our group's performances of Scene 5
Volunteer Georgie records one of our group’s performances of Scene 5
Students getting stuck into reading the Fortune Cookies script
Students getting stuck into reading the Fortune Cookies script
Glad people are taking advantage of Book Corner!
Glad people are taking advantage of Book Corner!
One of our youngest attendants to The Movie Hub did some Chinese writing
One of our youngest attendants to The Movie Hub did some Chinese writing