Community Video Production

Animated Film Production

February 17, 2015

Animated Film

Simon Says

We were delighted to be asked to collaborate on an animated film production project by Hampshire County Council. It involved working with a number of young people from the child bereavement charity Simon Says. We helped them produce a short animated film to highlight awareness of young people in a similar situation to themselves, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary. The film and project was recently featured on BBC South Today. We have vast experience of working on filmmaking projects with young people and community groups throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Southampton, Portsmouth, Gosport and Eastleigh. Whether it is an animated film, documentary or live action film we can provide the appropriate staff, training and equipment to make the project a success.

More info about Simon Says from their website, http://www.simonsays.org.uk:

At Simon Says, we know that the death of someone important can have a devastating effect on a child or young person. Given appropriate support and information, children and young people can be supported to understand what has happened and move forward to rebuilding their lives. Whether the death was sudden, or expected, we work closely in practical and creative ways with children and young people to create an atmosphere in which grief can be shared and normalised.

Our Aim
When children lose someone close to them they may feel angry, guilty, frightened and alone. It can be very difficult for a parent, carer, close relative or friend to help a bereaved child when they are grieving too. ‘Simon Says’ aims to:

Support Hampshire children and young people up to the age of 18 years who has a significant person in their life who has died or is dying
Offer information and advice to move forward in their lives, but never to forget their significant person
Run a telephone support line
Host monthly age appropriate support groups
Offer the opportunity to meet other families who have also been bereaved
Support and give advice and training to teachers, and other professionals working with bereaved children and young people.

Mission Statement
To ensure that the carer of any bereaved child or young person in Hampshire is aware of Simon Says, the services it provides, and how to access support if needed.

Community Film – Hampshire Forces Film Festival

February 17, 2015

Community Film

Hampshire Forces Film Festival

In Spring – Summer 2013 we worked on a Community Film project with Hampshire County Council and young people from three areas. In Fareham & Gosport young people worked with Ashcroft Arts Centre to find out about the Royal Navy. In Bordon & East Hampshire the groups worked with the Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre and Bordon Garrison. In Aldershot & Farnborough they worked with West End Centre and the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment. In total, over 100 young people across the county engaged with the local armed forces and created original films. We were responsible for training and assisting the young people with 5 of the 9 project sections in which they made their own Community Film.

More information can be found on the project website. hampshireyouthforcesfilms.co.uk

‘In Spring – Summer 2013 Hampshire County Council worked with young people from three areas: in Fareham & Gosport young people worked with Ashcroft Arts Centre to find out about the Royal Navy. In Bordon & East Hampshire the groups worked with the Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre and Bordon Garrison. In Aldershot & Farnborough they worked with West End Centre and the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment. In total, over 100 young people across the county engaged with the local armed forces and created original films.

All of the groups carried out research into life in the armed forces, including meeting and interviewing forces’ personnel, visiting relevant museums and sites including HMS Collingwood, HMS Bristol, Bordon Garrison, the Gurkha Museum and Aldershot Military Museum. The young people then had the chance to work with professional artists and practitioners to help turn their research into a storyboard. They then worked with professional film production companies to turn their stories into animations.

Many of the young people are from military families themselves, so this is a topic close to their hearts. For others this was the first time they had considered the significance of the armed forces in Hampshire.

The young people involved in this project were invited to attend a VIP screening of their films and were celebrated with certificates and awards afterwards. All the young people should be congratulated for their engagement and participation in the project.’

Southampton Video Production – Rock, Paper, Scissors

February 17, 2015

Southampton Video Production

Rock, Paper, Scissors

This Southampton video production was made with our help by pupils at Weston Park Primary School in Southampton. It features a number of animation techniques and was made over a 6-week period during after-school sessions. The film was used to increase awareness of the effects of bullying and collaborate on a new policy to identify ways to eradicate bullying at the school. As well as this animation, the pupils also made a behind-the-scenes documentary, where they learnt lots of new skills such as interview techniques, camerawork, editing and music composition.

Heritage Documentary – ENtrenchED

February 17, 2015

Heritage Documentary

ENtrenchED

This heritage documentary showcases a project run by the Ashcroft Arts Centre, following several groups of young people from local schools as they produce their own short films and exhibitions about WWI. The young people researched local history and gained skills in film-making in addition to exploring curating, exhibition creation and oral history. All of the films can be seen here

It was a WW1 Centenary project run by the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham and funded by the Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund. The project ran from October 2013 – December 2014 and involved up to 50 young people from local schools taking part in weekly sessions to engage with the centenary in a variety of ways.A group of ENtrenchEd students at the Imperial War Museum

The schools involved were Bridgemary School, Crofton School, Park Community School and Wildern School. An after school group also met at the Ashcroft Arts Centre. The young people involved were aged 12-16 and throughout the project had the opportunity to learn new skills in research, oral history and exhibition curation. They worked with staff from local museums Westbury Manor, Eastleigh Museum and SEARH Hands-on Centre to conduct oral history interviews and undertake their own research into the First World War. Additionally they visited many different museums and exhibitions in order to find out about how exhibitions are put together and to gain inspiration for their own exhibitions.

Each group also worked with us to produce short films based on their experiences and research. 21 young of the young people were successful in achieving their Silver Arts Award and all of the groups worked together to put on an amazing WW1 installation in Gosport Gallery.

Documentary Film – On The Street Where We Live

February 17, 2015

Documentary Film

On The Street Where We Live

We were delighted to be asked to create a short Documentary Film that captures the essence of this community arts project, run by Making Space in Leigh Park.

A bit of history on the project – In 2011 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Making Space a grant of £50,000 for a big project to explore and celebrate life in Leigh Park from its early development as a housing estate in the 1940’s right up to the present day.

What does it mean to live in Leigh Park? What makes it home?

An ongoing programme of events and creative workshops uncovered personal stories and experiences that are bringing the history of the area to life. Residents and former residents of all ages shared memories and photographs, researching the history of their local area and nominated local heroes.

A series of free events gave participants, of all ages, the chance to enjoy working with craft artists, film makers and historians to create interactive memory boxes, a film and a new map of Leigh Park as a legacy for the future.

Making Space worked with two fantastic artists to run the two creative project strands. Jon Lockhart led the work on the four memory boxes and Rachel Reynolds took the lead on the Community Map.

The project was launched at Leigh Park Community Centre at an event attended by the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Ken Smith.

As part of the project, we worked with Park Community School students to document the whole On the Street Where We Live project and make a number of films about local heroes. As well as teaching young people how to use media equipment and gain knowledge of how to work as a team and gain individual responsibility, it was also a great opportunity for people of different ages to enjoy themselves together: intergenerational learning. The final Documentary Film will previewed at the Celebration event taking place at Making Space which took place on Friday 16th May and all of the films can be seen here: Making Space.

We often work on documentary films that are used as evaluation tools as well as advocacy purposes and have vast experience of working in the arts and culture sector as well as the education sector.

Community Heritage Film – Who’s Absent?

February 17, 2015

Community Heritage Film

Who’s Absent?

This Community Heritage Film was produced by a group of young people from Ashcroft Arts Centre in Hampshire with our help, as part of a 12 month project run by Hampshire Cultural Trust. This particular Community Heritage Film examines the impact of propaganda posters during WWI and features key-frame animation techniques. The project was possible with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We regularly work on community filmmaking projects with young people and and have experienced workshop leaders that are fully CRB/DBS checked and qualified to deliver Arts Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. We can also offer help and guidance on any funding applications you are considering for filmmaking projects. Find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund here: heritage lottery funding

More about Entrenched fron Hants Web:
’50 young people from South East Hampshire have taken part in a Heritage Lottery funded project this year, named ‘ENtrenchED’.
School groups from Fareham, Gosport and Eastleigh have been working hard, researching stories from WWI, including personal, local or family connections that they have discovered.
The young people aged 11 to 16 have produced original films which are both historical and creative. They have been able to take on different roles such as ‘producer’, ‘director’, ‘actor’, and ‘writer’ whilst learning how to work together effectively.
The participants have been learning about an interesting period in history, as well as developing team work skills, leadership skills and being very creative.
Martin, aged 14, took part in the project and said: “I feel that the project has been very fun and informative and I have learnt a lot about the soldiers’ experiences in World War I”.
The other major achievement is their fantastic original exhibition, featuring a recruitment office, dug-out, trench and medical tent, which is open now and will be on at Gosport Gallery until 20 September.
Lorna Franklin, Project Manager said: “‘ENtrenchED’ has been an amazing opportunity for local young people to engage with the centenary of WWI. They have been able to gain skills in research, exhibition curation and film making whilst making friends and taking on new challenges. They have loved working with different artists, exhibition officers and museum staff; it’s wonderful to see all their hard work come together in the exhibition”.

Animation – A Ghurka’s Tale

February 17, 2015

Animation

A Ghurka’s Tale

As well as film production and animation, we also frequently work on filmmaking projects, helping children, young people and community groups in a variety of settings to produce their own short films and animations. We can provide workshops over a number of weeks or months or even just as a one-off event and all of our staff are CRB/DBS checked and are experienced at delivering workshops to a variety of age groups and abilities. During this process, our staff provide an introduction to filmmaking before training individuals in using cameras, lighting and sound equipment, as well as Animation and editing techniques. We then assist the group in the production process as they take creative control on their project. We are also a registered Arts Award Centre and employ a number of qualified Arts Award advisors. More information on Arts Award can be found here

This particular film was made by Nepalese pupils at Wavell School in Farnborough as part of the Hampshire Forces Film Festival, which involved 9 groups each working to produce a film that had a connection to the armed forces. This animation was inspired by a real Gurkha soldier who the group met and interviewed. Their film is from the point of view of a retired Gurkha soldier looking back on his career and remembering his training, troops and memories. The young people created simple illustrations which they then scanned and digitally coloured using Photoshop software. These were combined with backgrounds made up of found photographs using specialist software to add movement to various elements and create the final Animation.

The project was funded by the MOD and Hampshire County Council. All of the groups carried out research into life in the armed forces, including meeting and interviewing forces’ personnel, visiting relevant museums and sites including HMS Collingwood, HMS Bristol, Bordon Garrison, the Gurkha Museum and Aldershot Military Museum. The young people then had the chance to work with professional artists and practitioners to help turn their research into a storyboard. They then worked with professional film production companies to turn their stories into animations. Many of the young people are from military families themselves, so this is a topic close to their hearts. For others this was the first time they had considered the significance of the armed forces in Hampshire.

Youth Workshop Films – Navy INC

February 17, 2015

Youth Workshop Films

Navy Inc

In Spring – Summer 2013 Hampshire County Council worked with young people from three areas: in Fareham & Gosport young people worked with Ashcroft Arts Centre to find out about the Royal Navy. In Bordon & East Hampshire the groups worked with the Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre and Bordon Garrison. In Aldershot & Farnborough they worked with West End Centre and the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment. In total, over 100 young people across the county engaged with the local armed forces and produced original videos. We were delighted to work on the project and the film featured here is an animation that we helped a group of young people at Bridgemary School make.

Documentary heritage film – Ebb & Flow

February 17, 2015

Documentary heritage film

Ebb & Flow

This is a heritage film that features interviews with a number of Gosport residents and uses animated sequences to recreate their stories of D-Day. The film was shown as part of the Ebb & Flow exhibition at Gosport Discovery Centre. Ebb and Flow was an exhibition to commemorate and highlight Gosport’s role in D-Day 70 years ago. We worked with the local community to create a film inspired by the memories of those who witnessed D-Day preparations in Gosport first hand, collecting their thoughts and experiences to gain a personal understanding of how the events of D-Day impacted on the local area. The animations were created by our in-house animation team and use a variety of styles and techniques to bring to life the story of D-Day in Gosport. Find out more about the project here.

Many of the huge numbers of Allied vehicles required by the troops in Normandy boarded ships from Gosport. Around the time of D-Day, military vehicles often queued in nearby Priory Road as they waited to load onto landing craft. Although officially the troops were not allowed to talk to civilians for security reasons, in practice many local people invited the troops into their homes, trying to offer a few moments or relaxation and comfort before they departed overseas. This film tells the stories of many of the local people who were so hospitable to the troops before they headed off to Normandy.

Sally Beattie, learning and engagement co-ordinator, said: ‘We wanted to r aise the profile of the role Gosport played for D-Day, and called upon people to share their memories.‘These memories will be shared with young people, and a professional artist, and artwork will be created. This along with the video interviews will be displayed
 inside the centre for people to see.’

Evaluation Films – Creative World

February 17, 2015

Evaluation Films

Creative World

Evaluation films area big part of what we do here at Cass Productions. Creative World saw us working alongside several talented creative young adults as part of an evaluation film commissioned by Artswork. As part of the process we trained 6 young adults in all aspects of filmmaking and animation and actively involved them in the planning and direction of the film as well as the filming, editing and design. 2 of the young adults also gained their Gold Arts Award as part of the process. The film charts the progress of the Creative World project, commissioned by Artswork and managed by SPUD Group.

Creative World aimed to engage hard to reach children and young people across Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight in projects that linked to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, giving young people a voice in influencing the development, delivery and evaluation of work with in which they are engaging. Young people also had the opportunity to link directly with other young people from across the world to share and celebrate their projects.

Key Aims of the Creative World Project:

To ensure commissions cover a range of cultural and art forms including if feasible, radio and film and connect Children and Young People (CYP) with their contemporaries overseas
To work in and through partnerships
To engage communities of Children and Young People principally in out of school settings ensuring access for harder to reach CYP
To ensure innovation, quality, depth and reach
To develop young people as cultural leaders exploring the potential to deliver Arts Award as an integral aspect of each commission
To ensure there are opportunities for wide sharing and engagement in projects
To look for opportunities for knowledge sharing between projects, approaches and experiences digitally (and also face to face if feasible).
Ensure good geographic and artform spread across the Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and IOW area.

Evaluation films can be used across a variety of sectors and are a useful tool when providing feedback and showcasing project outcomes to funders and stakeholders.