North Devon documentary maker Martin Kemp has won the very first 2018 ARRI Doc Challenge film competition for his three minute film, Where the Land Falls. The film sees Ed Strawbridge, a third generation dairy farmer at Down Farm in North Devon, looking at photographs of his family by James Ravilious. Ed reflects on how farming life has changed during his lifetime.
As a supporter of North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) and former film judge himself (for our Wild Shorts competition) we are thrilled that Martin is sharing his film with us for the NDMI collection.
The theme for the inaugural ARRI Doc Challenge was “Millennial”. As the winner of the competition, Martin received a cash prize of £3,000. “For me, having the chance to play with the ARRI Amira for three days was an unmissable opportunity. It’s a wonderful camera and I very quickly fell in love with it. The challenge to shoot and edit a film in just three days is certainly tough but it’s a great discipline. Plus you have the privilege of being able to make the piece you want to make without commissioning editors!” said Martin.
Thank you Martin and well done. A great film and doing the job that Ravilious did with his engaging photographs - preserving North Devon stories on film.
North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) has been wanting to produce a series of short documentary films about farmers and farming in North Devon for some time now. We have always known that there is an immense value in preserving local ways of life in moving image and the popularity of our Boat Stories series has proven this beyond measure.
When NDMI was launched one of our aims was to facilitate and encourage new film makers and provide work for local film makers and Down on the Farm seems like the perfect opportunity to launch our commission programme.
But first... we need some funding. We want to pay a realistic commission fee to our film makers, support them with mentorships from experienced professionals and celebrate the project with a red carpet public screening event. So what we would like is for you to tell us if you think this is a good idea and we will use this evidence to approach potential funders.
If you are a local farmer or historian, a member of the North Devon community or a film production tutor please do email project manager Amanda McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to contact us with 'Down on the Farm' as the subject heading and let us know why you would like to support this project.
In brief, here's the plan (all subject to changes further to survey response and funding):
Let's get Down on the Farm up and running!
Following on from some positive feedback and great press coverage of our Clovelly Donkeys pilot film we are full steam ahead with plans for community workshops, film making and education for 2014 and beyond.
We have plenty more up our sleeve too including the all important funding bids to bring these exciting projects to fruition.
One area we are keen to get going as soon as possible is delivering some documentary film making education in North Devon. We are currently looking for partners who can help us deliver film making workshops for children and adults in community or education settings. If you are interested in this please do get in touch.
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