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!
We have just spent a stopmotiontastic time with members of the North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions & ADHD creating some Incredible Inventions!
Mandi and Dotty from North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) delivered the three day claymation animation workshop in the bright and spacious Kingsley Room at The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford (thanks for looking after us Burton at Bideford people).
We delivered a brief to the workshop participants to create a short animated story solving an environmental problem (or come up with their own idea to make the world a better place). They worked in parent/child and individual/enabler pairs to come up with an invention, write a story and script, create characters, sets and props. We had a huge pile of fabulous resources from North Devon's WOW Scrapstore (£7 a bin bagful for members) and lots of colourful Newplast modelling clay to ignite their imaginations and then each team animated their films using iPads and iMotion or iStopmotion apps. We think the results are quite wonderful! Take a look at the video clip below.
If you know a group who would like to take part in a workshop like this please do get in touch.
A team of young people in North Devon are getting set to create a series of promotional videos for local charities with the support of North Devon Moving Image.
Thanks to grant funding from Wace Family Fund via Devon Community Foundation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) is delighted to announce the launch of the Barnstaple Youth Social Action Project.
Chantal Tonks, who works with young people on the Careers Skills and Entry to Employment programmes at Petroc in Barnstaple, says “I am really excited to be working with NDMI again; the relationship between our young people and NDMI has been very successful in the past with some excellent results. Our current cohort who are returning next year are looking forward to the opportunity of working with NDMI focusing on an area that they feel passionate about.”
The young film makers will work in small groups, each choosing a charity close to their hearts. They will work together over the next year to learn and develop their communication and digital media skills, producing a series of short films for the charities to use as presentations and for distribution via social media.
NDMI young producer Dotty is getting ready to Sew Wild!
We are delighted to announce that our young producer Dotty McCormack has been selected to take part in Kew Gardens' Grow Wild youth project Grow For It 2017.
Dotty made a video application to bid for a grant of £500 to help her make a fashion film inspired by UK wild flowers. The application was successful and along with other young creatives around the country Dotty will be showcasing the fruits of her labour at an exhibition in Edinburgh at the end of June 2017.
Click here to find out more about Grow Wild and follow Dotty on Instagram @dottidoodle to see her project grow!
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.
North Devon Moving Image launched in October 2013 and this week we began production on our very first short film.
Clovelly Donkeys (working title) will be the first in-house production for NDMI to kick start our collection of short films about everyday life in North Devon today.
After all the rain and storms we were blessed with a dry day in Clovelly for our video shoot with Sue and Bart Kelly and their gorgeous donkeys (and Giffy the mule). We arrived early to see what a typical day is like, caring for the donkeys in the winter season - there's a lot more to it than bunging them a bit of hay.
Sue has been keeper of the donkeys at Clovelly for around thirty three years and Bart earned the title of Assistant Donkey Keeper when he married Sue ten years ago.
It was fascinating for us to learn about the history of donkeys at Clovelly, what it is like living in a goldfish bowl of a village and how the community is holding up in modern times. It goes without saying that we had more than our fair share of cuddles with the lovely long eared critters too! Above is a photo of me with Sarah who was more than a little bit curious about the filming process!
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.
North Devon Moving Image CIC
Amanda McCormack, Creative Director
telephone: 01271 860610
North Devon Moving Image CIC is a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee
Community Interest Company No. 8737215
Our friends and supporters ...
We belong to ...