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    It’s Autumn 2013, and after all of the glitz, glamour and general razzmatazz of London 2012, it’s safe to say we’re in a better place to judge just how lasting and impacting the “Olympic Legacy” is going to be. Enter, All Eyes On Us, a short motivational documentary, directed by Eelyn Lee, that tells a story of the making of the spectacular Paralympic opening ceremony from the point of view of 4 of its performers.

    First off, congratulations are in order to the crew and production team of the film for the logistical  achievement of navigating the bureaucratic quagmire that is LOCOG. Managing to gain access to official rehearsals, behind-the-scenes footage and opening ceremony footage is an absurd task for a very small, very independent film. Then there’s the emotive and inspiring achievements of people from different backgrounds, with a wide range of disabilities overcoming their various impairments to deliver a rabble-rousing performance, and hopefully, a much-needed shaking up of people’s views of the disabled. 

    The film uses fairly normal documentary techniques – talking head segments backed with brief clips of the actual performance and a subtlety emotional backing soundtrack, however, when put in context, all of this becomes more impressive. Also, in the spirit of London 2012, the film’s production crew was mostly comprised of young filmmakers from East London, some of them disabled themselves. 

    It’s all too easy to be cynical about the Olympic legacy, even more so for the Paralympic Legacy. Cries of “nothing’s really changed” and grim statistics about arts and sports funding cuts are all too familiar. Through the four featured performers (actress Lauren Barrand, stage actor and director David Ellington, ex-Armed Forces Johnnie Ray and performance debutant Stephen Bunce) and its wheelchair-bound interviewer (Jacqui Adeniji-Williams) , All Eyes On Us glows with an infectious positivity and indomitable attitude. Despite not being deeply groundbreaking or shocking, the film’s main purpose is to shine a light on the stories of disabled people achieving great successes - whether it be performing a full aero-acrobatic display whilst being a double amputee, or this film. 

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    On 12 June 2013 somewhereto_ hosted a special Q&A and film screening of One Mile Away at Vibe Gallery.

    One Mile Away follows the struggles of two warring gangs in inner city Birmingham, the Burger Bar Boys (B21) and the Johnson Crew (B6), to bring peace to their neighbourhoods. Both were representing on the panel at the film screening, alongside the  filmmaker and a member from the Met Police.

    Directed by award-winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock, One Mile Away won the prize for best film at Edinburgh Film Festival in 2012. For more information visit: http://onemileaway.co.uk/

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    On the 24th of April, Kelly Odell, An award winning student (Illamasqua’s Distinction in Make-up Artistry Award Winner 2011), in her second year at Leicester College, created her ‘dream exhibition’ as part of her Artistic Makeup and Special Effects Foundation Degree.

    Kelly, who specialises in the photographic and film industries, worked with Emma FayRebecca Yeates and several other assistants to create ten ‘looks’ featuring artistic make-up, special effects and body art designs.

    The highlight, was a live action, body-painting exhibition where paint was thrown against a semi-nude model in front of a blank canvas, creating two unique pieces of art, that is, the painted model and the silhouette on the canvas behind her.

    Check out the video!

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    somewhereto_ success_: filming a thriller with somewhereto_

    what was the project that urged you to get involved with somewhereto_? 

    I am a 21 year old film director based in Leeds and in early January 2012, I wrote a short script called Hypnosis; a psychological crime thriller which could be made into a 30 minute film.

    The film is about a cult, lead by a Japanese woman who hires a hitman to hire a recruit. The hitman is also torturing two young men who have been involved in a murder mystery with an expert hypnotist who killed himself.

    The film cuts back and forth between these four storylines. I worked with people in Leeds to make the film using a casting website to audition local crew and actors willing to work for free. It took us 5 months to complete the film due to the lack of money. 

    what were the next steps then? 

    I contacted Rebecca Legg at somewhereto_ Yorkshire and she was very helpful and friendly. She helped us find…

    Want to read the rest? Check out the whole interview here.

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    WATCH: ShortCUTS Films Now Live

    ShortCUTS, a somewhereto_ project in Dundee by Hot Tap Media. The project was delivered by somewhereto_ volunteers in Dundee, Claire Dufour, Lauren McCorkindale, Stephen Grant and Dylan Drummond, and helped young people form film-making teams to create these fantastic original films, which were screened to a packed audience in October 2012. Watch. Share. Enjoy!

    Half Orange

    Written and directed by Amy Kenyon; Mentor, DOP and sound recording: Dylan Drummond; Music: Johnny Clyde; Production assistant and additional sound: Naomi Harrod; Make-up:Benefit cosmetics; Special thanks: Lynne Robertson

    The Outsider

    Written and directed by Kurt Uchman; Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft; Mentor, cinematographer, editor: Stephen Grant; Actor: David Ford; Music: Almost Sound; Sound recording: Dylan Drummond; Make-up: Jillian Elizabeth; Wardrobe: Bryndis Blackadder; Special thanks: Balgonie Castle, the Ford family, Baxter


    Dwell in the Forgotten

    Directed by, and dancer, Lucy May Wilson; Mentor: Dylan Drummond; Boom, photography: Brydis Blackadder; Dancers: Elizabeth Rawes, Amira Kremers, Erin Kenny; Sound Editor: Ross Nicoll; Photography: Kathryn Rattray; Make-up: Jillian Elizabeth Mua


    Delilah and the Samsons

    Directed by Luke Campbell; Music: Delilah and the Samsons


    Hue

    Directed by Joanna Helfer; Writer: Simon Dwyer; Cinematographer: Stephen Grant; Actor: James Lee


    Prevent!

    Written, directed and produced by Khaled Al-Hurby; Producer, actor: Vilqua Van Cartier; Mentor: John Fairfield; Actors: Chris Scott, Sarah Bryce; Audio engineer: Russell Bennett; Lighting: Stephen Grant

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    Our guest blogger Ryan Curtis is back with his third blog post about his somewhereto_  film project, Impact. Read on to find out about his ups and downs in trying to create his very own film festival

    Developing Impact- Making it Happen

    After a good few weeks of just solid thinking we finally had a strong idea, all we had to do now was make it happen. As a somewhereto_project, Impact was going to be run as a non-profit organisation. As a non-profit I knew we would have to rely heavily on external resources and call in A LOT of favours.

    It was apparent to us that there was a few things that were going to be needed if this as ever going to become an annual event. Firstly we needed a venue, this would need to be somewhere easily accessible, appealing to our target audience and just the right size; with a little help from Rebecca and our own student knowledge we knew it had to be Hyde Park Picture House, as this iconic venue ticked all the boxes. 

    Next was the documentary films that were to be entered by the many talented film makers around Yorkshire, but just how do we go about getting their attention? Well, we simply had to take advantage of the connections and knowledge we already had, one by one we contacted every University in Yorkshire letting their film courses know about Impact Yorkshire; and how they could and, more importantly, why they should get involved. Although I found myself doing this a lot during this experience as my first event ,it’s safe to say waiting on submissions to come in was where I found myself bricking it the most, however we did get what we needed and more with interest from Canada and a submission from Prague!

    Lastly as the event was going to be competition based we needed credible judges, this hands down required the most work in terms of countless emails and asking friends of friends of friends…of friends, but eventually this was achieved, of course not without the expected last minute madness that seems to happen so often with planning.

    But there we had it, the essentials for what would make Impact Yorkshire. A fun, exciting, interesting yet extremely stressful experience that had taught me great deal and this was just the half of it.

    The film embedded in this blog is a really interesting doc/drama submitted to the festival, it is based completely on real events and aims to create awareness around knife crime in youths. Enjoy.

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    @impactyorkshire

    www.hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk

     

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    So guys, you might remember, a few weeks ago Ryan posted his first blog about his film festival project- Impact YorkshireWell, he’s back with a brand spanking new chapter to let you all know how his somewhereto_ journey with the film project Impact Yorkshire is going.

    Impact’s Development: Creative Thinking

    The development of ‘Impact Yorkshire’ from start to finish spanned across three months, and during this time we experienced many ups and downs. There were, I can honestly say, times when I thought the prospects of even completing the project seemed impossible, but before I talk about that I’d first like to start from the beginning.

    It all started in a cafe in Leeds, where via somewhereto_ , me and a dude named Thom Burgess, a film student at Leeds Met, had decided to meet with the intention of creating a film festival. The when, where, what and how hadn’t even been considered yet. We had a lot of work to do! As is with most creative projects you find a massive chunk of your time is spent sat in a circle, pen in hand with a blank piece of paper in front of you, thinking…creatively.

    Although this can be extremely frustrating at times it is arguably one of the most important processes.

    This paints the picture of the many hours we spent back in the cafe, where we were accompanied by Holly Ball who is heavily involved with somewhereto_, with notebook in hand she was ready to write down anything me and Thom could come up with. After a few moments of fairly awkward silence our creative thinking started to kick in. Throwing out ideas such as possible venues and themes started to spark more and more ideas that were all leading to the final realisation of what our festival was going to be about, luckily we were mainly on the same page and agreed we wanted to use documentaries as we felt that out of all the film genres they create the most impact. The next three weeks followed pretty much the same pattern until we got to that satisfying point where we could ring Rebecca and tell her what our festival was going to be: 

    "Impact Yorkshire is a Short documentary film festival at Hyde Park Picture House for 18-25 year olds, each documentary must be between 5-10 mins long and must follow the theme of something that has impacted on your life or the lives of others that you wish to share"

    Impact Yorkshire was finally born all due to that vital step of creative thinking. It can seem like it’s a waste of your time or your getting nowhere, but it is a step that needs the most patience and time because without a strong idea you have nothing.

    Be sure to check out one of the great films that was entered into the Impact Yorkshire film festival. Enjoy until next time!

    Ryan

    www.hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk/
    @impactyorkshire


    Ryan, our new blogger is here to say how do you do, to the somewhereto_ crew! 

    For my first ever blog for somewhereto_ I would like to first introduce myself, talk a little bit about how I got involved with the national project and introduce you to my project. My name is Ryan Curtis, I am originally from Manchester, but I’m currently studying Managing Performance at the University of Leeds going in to my final year. What this means is that in just a little under a year I’ll be facing the daunting task of the ‘REAL WORLD’ and as with all Universities you are constantly reminded of the need for pro activeness if you are to gain the right experience needed to become employable. It was that very necessity that lead me to somewhereto_, although I would quickly realise that it wasn’t just another trivial piece of work experience to add to my CV, but instead an experience that has offered me a huge amount of opportunities and skills along with the realisation of the career path I wish to take in the future.

    My involvement with somewhereto_ began about early February and came about very unexpectedly. At the time I was undergoing a compulsory industry module where we needed to find placements relevant to our course, this lead me to Chol Theatre in Huddersfield where I met with Rebecca Legg. Rebecca is the project manager for somewhereto_ at the Chol site and would soon play pivotal role in the creation of my project. After a few weeks working on the development of the national project itself Rebecca asked me the question, would you like to run your own project? Of course the answer was yes, even though I had no idea what I wanted to do. This was until a chance meeting came about through a shared passion of film. Hearing about another student who wanted to do a film festival, but who did not yet know the what, when, where or how, had me right on board for a collaboration that would signal the beginning of the ‘Impact Yorkshire’ film festival.

     

    Over the next few months I aim to talk in more depth about the development of my somewhereto_ project and share the experiences I have had with them right up to the present day and then go on to look at what the futures holds.

     

    Thanks for reading.

     

    www.choltheatre.co.uk

    facebook: Chol Theatre

    Twitter: @choltheatre

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    The arena is an enormous space; it used to be an old auditorium of The Civic Theatre. This boasts large public screens to screen films; display photographs, illustrations and images. It’s great for large events and happenings.

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    The Armley Mill Gallery spaces include a huge variety of settings for your somewhereto_ projects. From the huge working mill floor spaces for installations and drama; the outside bits of the mill and the train warehouse; to the flexible community-run Millspace for display and artwork creation.

    There are also Victorian rich and poor room sets and working 1930s cinema that seats 30 people - perfect for film screenings. What’s possible in all these spaces depends on what you want to do. We will try and fulfil all requests, but we do have to consider the objects and the buildings. Just ask and we’ll see what we can do!

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    A former 4,000 sq ft bus depot in Hollingbury- converted by volunteers into a collaborative, experimental and adaptive studio and venue space. Spaces come and go at Coachwerks all the time, and there is often free capacity for somewhereto_ projects. Includes kitchen, bar, clay oven, wet darkroom, photography studio, and spaces for woodworking, screenprinting, performance, radio, rehearsal, theatre, film screenings. It can fit up too 50 people and has full electricity usage.

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