Photofusion’s Community Project: Film On Film Club!

Since January this year, Photofusion’s community department have been running film making workshops with young people from The Princes Trust centre in Kennington.With funding from Into Film, we have been able to deliver workshops to over 20 young people, and re-engage them with learning.

The workshops started by bringing young people together in a shared language of film and cinema. To do this, the project team selected a range of films, film clips, adverts and music videos that exemplified some of the key elements of filmmaking.

Dialogue, shots, cuts, sound and composition were all discussed and demonstrated through watching. Over the course of the project we watched City of God, Rear Window, La Jetée, The Pleasure Garden, La Haine, Cinema Paradiso, Blow Up, Amelie, Fish Tank, Hunger and Moth Light, as well as music videos, skate videos and adverts. Fully immersed in the language of cinema, each group set about making their own film.

From using quick cuts to film “the making of a cup of tea” in high-drama, to sound-scaping three images in “A trip to the park”, this high-paced project taught camera and editing skills on the job, with participants making and editing short films each session.

When we submitted our bid to Into Film, we focused on the role of photography in film, the whole programme was called Film On Film Club, so we stayed true to Photofusion’s roots in photography, and analogue photography in particular.

We were generously supported by Ilford with a delivery of HP5 disposable film cameras that each participant was given, and challeneged to tell us a story in 27 exposures. From the contact sheets we created storyboards and explored the use of narratives, resolution, theme and values. Using ideas generated through the contact sheets the group wanted to make a film that focused on narrative and piecing together of a story. Our first group re-shot the park scene from Blow Up, but this time with a female voyeur, and a digital camera.

For our second film, we were lucky to partner with no.w.here lab’s education department. Having watched James Broughton’s The Pleasure Garden, the group re-visited Crystal Palace (the original film location), and used the same Bolex cameras and 16mm film to shoot their own version of an urban utopia.  The films were hand-processed by the young people at No.W.here’s lab in Bethnal Green. The footage captured forms and integral part of our second film, The Stranger Dream.

 We would like to thank Ilford for donating cameras for the young people to use and help further their projects, and also James Holcombe at no.w.here Lab for helping to support/teach and facilitate the second part of our project.

To find out more about no.w.here lab : http://www.no-w-here.org.uk/index.php

If you are interested in partnership work with Photofusion, please contact Community Programme Manager Lizzy King (lizzy@photofusion.org)

You can watch both films here: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ42Bni5za4

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_F3bihXLJA