Over the next year we will be bringing you updates from our Down on the Farm film makers who will be 'out in the field' in north Devon creating a very special collection of short documentary films.
THE FILM MAKERS
Congratulations to our film makers!
Florence Browne from Cornwall
Holly Black & Joanne Barker from Bristol
James Cox from Devon
Linda Mason from Hampshire
Michael Balsdon from Devon
Joanna Ryan from Devon (edit - Jo joined the fold in July 2019)
The commissionees were selected by an independent panel of professionals, from the film/tv, heritage and environment industries, out of a field of over 40 applicants aged between 18 and 72
James - As political turmoil surrounding the Brexit result takes hold with cheaper, lower quality products set to be imported from abroad, affecting the future of British agriculture; farmer Wayne Copp is preparing to face Brexit and ready his children as they prepare to become the 5th generation to work his farm.
Linda - Rose Manning was born in 1945 and has been in farming all her life. Rose is the eldest daughter of 3 girls and she took the role of future farmer in the absence of her parents having a son. Lifelong Farmer will be told through memories of Rose, through informal conversations whilst she is working with the animals and in the kitchen.
Florence - The film will focus on the Eveleigh family's recently begun 'meat box' scheme, an enterprise which sees them take their own livestock from their farm on Exmoor to the local abattoir in Combe Martin and produce high-quality meat boxes which they can then sell. The focuses on the importance the family place on a small, local abattoir, as this is a crucial factor in the animals' welfare but is often overlooked by the general public.
Holly & Jo - All Down Farm’s produce is eaten within a 20 mile radius of the farm. By engaging with their wider community, market gardeners Olivia and Henry believe not only does this help to strengthen the resilience of the farm itself but also helps rebuild local food networks, links and relationships - links that were once at the core of rural farming communities.
Michael - The lambing season on Michael's family's farm. Focusing on Michael's Mother, Sister Mel and her 3 year old daughter, this inter-generational perspective exemplifies the importance of women in the continuation of farming life.
(edit July 2019) Jo - The film is about grazing sheep on Northam Burrows Country Park. It will focus on farmer Ronald Griffey who has grazed sheep there for over 40 years and the rewards and challenges this gives him. Northam Burrows is an unusual landscape rich in plants and wildlife. As common land, it has a long history of grazing rights. Ronald and his family have a strong connection with the burrows and grazing sheep there. Ronald’s father had grazing rights on the burrows, and Ronald’s son now helps him.
"Rose has been farming all her life and now even in her mid seventies she is still caring for the young cattle and supporting on the farm. I will tell Rose’s story through her daily routines on the farm and in the kitchen baking, as she prepares food and reminisces about her life. Lifelong Farmer will weave together archive material, intimate and personal recollections of being a woman in farming over many decades."
With 43 days left to enter our Wild Shorts film making competition, now is the perfect time to get out and about in North Devon's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and capture our stunning natural environment and wildlife on video. Take a look at the ideas below for making your own outdoors autumn film:
Here are six top tips to help you make a great short film for our North Devon Coast AONB Wild Shorts wildlife and environment film competition.
We are delighted to announce that North Devon Coast AONB and Fullabrook CIC are supporting North Devon Moving Image with funding to help run a wildlife and environmental short film competition.
We are working on sourcing some fabulous prizes from local businesses and fans of the AONB and will update the website with all the entry details on 1 June 26 when the competition opens.
What we can tell you is that the competition will be open to all ages and there will be a prize for each age category.
Thanks to the North Devon Coast AONB North Devon Moving Image is ready for action!
We are really delighted to have been awarded an SDF grant which will pay for IT equipment enabling us to produce short films in-house here at NDMI.
Our first film, which will be produced in January 2014, will look at life in Clovelly today. A visit to the historic north Devon fishing village is like stepping back in time so we are going to find out what it is like living there in 2014; is it a primitive way of life or do the villagers have all mod cons just like the rest of us?
One thing we do know is that there is no motor traffic in the village and we will be visiting Sue and Bart Kelly, who look after Clovelly's famous donkeys and finding out all about their contribution to every day life in north Devon today.
Keep up to date with all the latest news from NDMI Creative Director Amanda McCormack.
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Gareth Alvarez, Director
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