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 had a busy two weeks here in Instow with our first ever NDMI Academy summer schools. Week 1 was a live action drama film making workshop for 5 young film makers aged between 10 and 13. The creative team devised their own story and with our support they wrote, directed, acted in, shot and edited the film He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (see below to view the film). The crew learned loads of new skills and worked together perfectly, coming up with great ideas and making time to listen to each other and let everyone's voice be heard with a brilliant result!
NOTE: The technical kit used was our Sony NX3 camcorder, Rode microphone with boom pole and deadcat and Sony Vegas to edit. Additional film making exercises were carried out with the use of our iPad Air, iOgrapher case, iRig pre amp and the professional Rode microphone.
NDMI Academy Summer School week 2 was an animation workshop for 5 talented youngsters aged between 7 and 11. This was great fun and we were so impressed by the creativity and patience of all our young film makers. They began the week getting to grips with the technical equipment and then recorded interviews with each other to form the basis of the film sound track. They went on to design and create their characters, props and sets. The animating was a great challenge as the audio was already recorded and the characters needed to move to fit the voices - we don't take the easy route here - and it definitely paid off as the result, with authentic interviews is really entertaining and the animation is brilliant! Take a look at the film below.
NOTE: The technical kit used was our iPad Air in an iOgrapher case, iMotion app, Rode microphone, iRig pre amp, Newplast modelling clay and Magneflash LED lights (great because they don't get hot and dangerous!)
If you are interested in film making workshops for your family, group, school or yourself please do get in touch.
The votes are in! We celebrated our North Devon AONB Wild Shorts film competition nominees and winners and thanked project partners, sponsors and funders at the inaugural Wild Shorts Awards in Barnstaple last Friday.
North Devon Moving Image ran the Wild Shorts competition between May and November 2016 with the aim of raising awareness of the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
“Entries came in from new and experienced film makers of all ages and the quality and variety of subject and creative style was impressive.” Says NDMI Creative Director, Amanda McCormack who hosted the Oscars-style Wild Shorts Awards ceremony in Barnstaple on 20 January 2017.
Twenty year old film student Rhys Harris, who travelled from Cornwall to North Devon to make his Wild Short, Places Afar, won both first prize in the Adults category and the overall Judges’ Choice Award.
Kathryn Jeffs, a Senior Producer at the BBC’s Natural History Unit was on the Wild Shorts judging panel. She praised Places Afar, saying “Loved this film. Intriguing opening, beautifully filmed, captured my attention immediately. This had visual flare married beautifully with spoken word. Contemplative, well paced, expansive and thoughtful. I could watch on loop. Wonderful!”
Rhys was delighted with the outcome “Winning the competition was a huge boost of confidence for me. The fact that something I made was able to win something means that I must be doing something right! I had a great time attending the awards show and I can't stress enough how thankful I am to everyone involved. Now I have the spike in motivation to go and make something new!"
The Wild Shorts project which included film making workshops for families, school children and adults was funded by the North Devon Coast AONB, Fullabrook CIC and the Tarka Country Trust. “The films produced for the Wild Shorts competition show how the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty provide a feast of the senses for all those who visit and enjoy them.” said AONB Manager Jenny Carey-Wood. “From the tastes of wild fruit and fungi, the feel of sand and shells, the sounds of seabirds and streams, the sight of the sea and sky and the views out to Lundy and inland to the heaths and woodlands. This project has comprehensively achieved the objectives of our Sustainable Development Fund by reaching new people and increasing understanding and awareness of the AONB.”
Full list of winners by category:
1. Primary School: Rockpooling Club by Torchlight! by Paige, Daisy, Noah, Lily and Mr Hockley from Combe Martin Primary School. Prize 4 X child season tickets to Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
2. Secondary School: Colours in Nature by Willow Chater, Lauryn Reed and Ella Jenkins. Prize 3 X child annual passes to Ilfracombe Aquarium
3. Age 12-17: Our Guide to Sustainable Living by Seraphina Allard-Bridge and Martha Macdonald prize 4 X U18 Day passes to GoldCoast Oceanfest 2017
4. Family: Mouth Mill by Alice Bollen, Remo Rossi and Lorenzo Rossi. Prize annual family membership to Devon Wildlife Trust.
a. Winner: Places Afar by Rhys Harris. Prize Annual Membership to National Trust.
b. Runner Up: My Favourite Walk: The Speke’s Mill Valley by Rhodri Davies. Prize annual car park pass for Down End Croyde.
Judges’ Choice Award: Places Afar by Rhys Harris.
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.
North Devon Moving Image was commissioned by education charity Into Film to deliver a series of workshops to young film makers in North Devon from February to May this year.
We worked with Instow Primary School, St Anne's Film Club in Barnstaple and Petroc Supported Internship Programme in Barnstaple, North Devon. Each group experimented with different equipment and techniques and came up with an idea for a two minute film. In their groups they then decided on the story and film making methods they would use. The young film makers had creative control over their productions from start to finish and used the skills they had learned in the earlier sessions to create three very different but equally fabulous films (see below).
Yesterday evening we celebrated the success of the project with a screening event at Petroc in Barnstaple to reward the film makers for their hard work and creativity and thank all the staff who helped facilitate the project.
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.
North Devon Moving Image is currently researching a new film making project about farming in North Devon.
We loved making our Instow Barton: This Farming Life film and see a great value in producing more films about North Devon's farming heritage.
We are now looking for characters and stories for this new series so if you would like to share your farming family's heritage with us and the wider world or if you know of someone who would make a great subject for a short film, please get in touch.
We are currently seeking funding for this project, which will include a programme of screening events, and any support of match funding will be most welcome. All being well, we hope to begin production in the Spring of 2016.
If you ever thought that scuba diving in North Devon would be dull then think again. The waters off the coast of Ilfracombe are littered with wrecks and populated by fascinating underwater life. A new short film - Every Dive is an Adventure - introduces members of Ilfracombe and North Devon Sub Aqua Club (ILFSAC) who dive alongside volunteers from Seasearch, surveying marine life as they explore this fascinating underwater landscape.
Film producer Jo Stewart-Smith talks about the inspiration behind this latest addition to the Boat Stories series "I had two people equally passionate about their favourite subject and was torn between whether to focus on exploring undiscovered wrecks or recording marine life in our short film. Luckily, because wrecks which lie on the sea floor act like rocky reefs and become magnets for marine life we are able to reveal a little bit of the excitement of both."
Jo says that the title for this film is a direct quote from ILFSAC Chairman Shaun Galliver who says in the film "Diving off the coast of North Devon is a challenge and we never know what we are going to find - whether we're looking for a new wreck or new marine life - every dive is an adventure."
Galliver, a self-confessed 'wreck head' told Jo about the many wrecks off the North Devon Coast "Around 1910 Cardiff was one of the world's busiest ports and in one year 13 million tonnes of coal or 300 ships a day travelled past Ilfracombe. Many of those either hit rocks or hit each other so we still have a lot of undiscovered wrecks here, we found four last year and even last week we dived two new ones."
He commented that to dive a new wreck, one that no one has touched or seen for 150 years, is amazing and the club can offer that opportunity to its members. ILFSAC has been exploring new wrecks since it was founded in 1960 so its club house is a bit like an Aladdin's cave of treasures from the deep. One of these holds pride of place at the bar; a ship's bell which came from the steamship The George Lamb which came a cropper on the rocks in the late 1800s.
Jo was entranced by the brilliant colours in ILFSAC diver, Maggs Ashton's photographs. Maggs is passionate about photographing this colourful underwater world 'people always say you must have photographed that in the Red Sea, I have trouble convincing people that they are found here in North Devon."
In the film Sally Sharrock tells us about Seasearch, a project which encourages divers to map out the sea bed and survey marine life "We work on the assumption that if we don't know what's there we can't protect it and the only people who see what is down under water are the divers. We train them in basic marine biology so that they know what they are looking for."
Talking about the variety and colourful nature of the marine life Sally says "It's like an old fashioned sweet shop where you have all the jars of different colours on the walls." On this dive she discovers a curious looking Tompot blenny and exclaims "they're always good fun, 'cause they've got a big smiley face!"
Every Dive is an Adventure will be shown on the big screen along with the 9 other Boat Stories Films at a free event on Friday 16 October 2015 at Bideford Cinema, Kingsley School, Bideford - details at www.bidefordcinema.org.uk.
Unsurprisingly, seats are selling fast so if you can't get to the screening you can watch the films online at www.boatstories.co.uk or look out for the DVDs which will be on sale in selected museums and information centres soon.
Ten films in the can and time to celebrate!
The Boat Stories project has successfully completed production of a series of ten short films about fishing and boats in North Devon and we celebrated in style with a VIP reception and public screening event at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe.
The theatre was at full capacity with an audience which included some of the stars of our films, production crews, funders and supporters. As well as an opportunity to view these fabulous short films on the big screen we heard from some of the film makers and contributors about the process of making the films and the subjects therein.
Keep up to date with all the latest news from NDMI Creative Director Amanda McCormack.
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