Class 4 and Mr Kent welcomed us to St Helen's CofE Primary School in Abbotsham for a predator and prey themed film making workshop.
The young film makers researched, planned, wrote scripts, produced predator and prey puppets, performed, recorded, edited and reviewed their short film all in a day! We used an iPad, Veescope Live greenscreen app and iMovie to produce their short film: Wild Shorts - Predators. Click on the Youtube clip below to view.
This workshop was part of North Devon Moving Image's Wild Shorts project. To find out more visit the Wild Shorts film competition page on this website.
What a beautiful day to be learning about wildlife film making at Northam Burrows!
As part of NDMI's Wild Shorts project, we ran a one day intensive wildlife film making workshop in partnership with Torridge District Council at Northam Burrows Country Park in North Devon. An enthusiastic group of aspiring wildlife film makers with a wide variety of skills came together to learn the key principles of good film making and fieldcraft.
Starting with an introduction to the history and natural environment of the Burrows from Ranger Mike Day and a walk and talk with local wildlife expert Warren Collum the group familiarised themselves with the variety of habitats and species of the area. They were then introduced to the process of creating a storyline and building a storyboard for a film before going out and getting some hands on experience of shooting video on location.
There was plenty of opportunity throughout the day for the film makers to get personalised tips from our professional film makers and the final step was a brief editing tutorial to conclude the process.
With thanks to our funders North Devon Coast AONB, Fullabrook and Tarka Country Trust who enabled us to offer this workshop at an affordable subsidised rate.
We're now looking forward to some fabulous entries to our Wild Shorts Competition from these newly skilled film makers!
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.
Our Wild Shorts film competition project partners, Braunton Countryside Centre, are hosting a talk with local naturalist and film maker Tom Williams on Wednesday August 10, 2016. Tom will talk about his passion for the wildlife of North Devon and the wealth of species rich habitats on our door step. He talks about his wildlife writing, film making and how it’s changed his goals in life.
Tickets are only £3 and this will be a great inspiration for you to get to work on your own short film entry for our Wild Shorts wildlife and environment film competition.
If you are thinking of entering our Wild Shorts wildlife and environment film competition there are plenty of local experts to help you research your film.
Mary and John Breeds from Braunton Countryside Centre run weekly guided walks on Braunton Burrows throughout the summer months. The walks start at 6.30pm from Sandy Lane car park every Friday and you can book by calling Mary Breeds on 07835097780.
If you're thinking of entering our Wild Shorts film making competition but need some inspiration (and some wildlife film making tips) take a look at our friend Tom's short wildlife film Below September Swallows which he made at Braunton marshes. Tom Williams is a local vet with a passion for wildlife and his short films are fabulous! You can watch Below September Swallows and his 'Making Of' film in the clips below and for more of Tom's films visit his YouTube channel by clicking here https://www.youtube.com/user/NorthDvnNature/videos
Tom is going to be our special guest at our Wild Shorts family film making workshop on Sunday 31 July 2016. For more details of this and all you need to know about the Wild Shorts competition please click here.
North Devon Moving Image CIC (NDMI) wants your Wild Shorts! The local community film making organisation is calling for submissions of short films - between 2 and 4 minutes - about the wildlife and environment within the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The North Devon Coast AONB is designated to protect and conserve our beautiful and diverse coastal landscapes between the Hartland Peninsula and the edge of Exmoor. Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of NDMI, says "We want local people and visitors to capture the special nature of the area on video."
"We are hoping to see films about plants and animals, habitats, landscapes, conservation and just getting out and enjoying the beautiful coast and countryside. The competition is open to all ages - families, schools, young film makers and adults - with exciting prizes for the winning film makers in each category."
The Wild Shorts film making competition is open for entries until Wednesday 30 November 2016 and the competition terms and conditions and details on how to enter are on the NDMI website at www.northdevonmovingimage.org.uk.
To add a helping hand NDMI will be running a limited number of film making workshops for schools, families and community groups. The first event will be for families and will take place at the Braunton Countryside Centre on Sunday 31 July 2016. Additionally there will be some informal 'cafe style' events where people can drop in and get advice on film making techniques and equipment. North Devon Moving Image is delighted to be a Creative Champion in BBC's Get Creative campaign and hope that new film makers young and old will discover new skills and get creative with Wild Shorts.
Amanda adds "NDMI is really lucky to have some great local sponsors for Wild Shorts and so far we have some fabulous prize donations from GoldCoast Oceanfest, Down End Croyde car park, Ilfracombe Aquarium, National Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust membership and Combe Martin Dinosaur & Wildlife Park. We are also really grateful to our funders; the North Devon Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund, Fullabrook CIC and The Tarka Country Trust - Community Wildlife Fund. "
Caroline Leaver, Member of the Partnership that oversee the AONB commented
"The coast of Northern Devon really is Outstandingly beautiful. It is contains some amazing scenery, wildlife and a range of world class beaches and coastal environments. The North Devon AONB Board is thrilled to be able to support the Wild Shorts competition, which will showcase some of what makes this area so special. We'd love to see entries from film makers of all ages, showing wildlife, habitats and what people enjoy about our coastline. North Devon Moving Image will be running training courses locally too, so its a great chance to learn new skills."
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