Film and Media Workshop series has been a great success!
Back in January, ten young people from Wormley and Turnford started a 5-week film and media workshop.
The Wormley and Turnford Big Local project has helped the participants to: build their own media skills, learn how to use camera and sound, improve their creative writing skills and learn how to tell their story.
The aim of the project, which has been delivered in partnership with Watford-based community film and media specialists Mustr, was to address the issue of youth engagement and build a platform for "community activism". By learning how to create short films, edit sound, write an inspiring story, it was hoped that the project would help to identify the key local priorities for young people. A few weeks ago the final workshop was delivered and all project participants had the opportunity to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses, and how the initiative could be taken forward.
To commemorate the completion of the five-week course each participant received an official certificate, as well as a set of business cards each, signalling their graduation to amateur filmmakers - a little touch that made a big difference.
Florrie Cassell said: "It's amazing what we were able to achieve in such a short amount of time, Mustr taught us a lot about the film making process and it was great that Big Local gave us this opportunity."
Kiran Rajani added: “The workshop enabled me to gain new cinematic experience before I go to the University and study full time. It let me see like-minded people and help some other people understand the transformative power of cinema."
Molly Naylor concluded: “A crazy experience, I met some incredible people who I doubt would otherwise have met. I honestly feel like our film will make a difference. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and I thank Mustr and Big Local for making it possible”.
Over the course of the workshops the group shot and collected footage for their film 'The Brace Position' - the key outcome of the project. Now, to present this, a special Film Premiere will take place on Friday, April 5 at the Wormley Free Church with doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. The event will be attended by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire; Charles Walker, MP for Broxbourne; and the Mayor of Broxbourne. We hope that our Film Premiere and Q&A session will be a wonderful opportunity to highlight the huge success of the project.
Michal Siewniak, Community Development Manager for Wormley and Turnford Big Local.