In early summer last year I applied to the British Youth Council to become part of a filming project. “The British Youth Council is looking for ten young people to research, write, and produce a documentary film about youth culture in the UK over the last 60 years.” The team will also be given training in: Video Production, Script Writing, Interviewing, Editing, Event planning and Teamwork. The final documentary will be distributed on DVD to orgnaisations across the UK, broadcast nationwide on the Community Channel and screened at a central London cinema.
The first team meeting will take place in central London on Saturday 25th April 2009 (Induction Day) with around ten full days of training,planning, filming, editing spread out until the end of the project in August
A few days later I got the news “I am really pleased to let you know that you have been selected by BYC to join the production team for the 60 Years Of Youth Culture Documentary.”
This is a press release about the project that was sent to me within the first week and it turns out the film I made for my Silver allowed me to get onto this project.
The British Youth Council has gathered ten young people to research, write, and produce a documentary film about youth culture in the UK over the last 60 years. The documentary, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will show how British young people have been able to make an impact on society, make a difference through campaigning, and been involved in democracy and decision-making.
BYC is very pleased to welcome Dan Dunbar to the team and look forward to his contribution to a ground-breaking film. Dan was selected for his professional standard photography and his enlightening short film exploring how the Fire Service deal with emergencies. Dan will be interviewing MP’s, journalists, academics and other young people and The final film will be distributed around the UK on DVD and premiered in a top London cinema.
On Saturday 9th May was the first session working on the project, which included Interviewing Workshop’s,Intro to Equipment and Production Roles, Practice Interview’s in different locations, Planning – historical movements, style and participants.
It was arranged for use to spend Friday 29th May at the British Library to research the last 60 years. It was than ranged to visit the British Film Institute on n Tuesday 2nd June to look through their video archive for some clips for us to use and have another camera training session.
Shooting Schedule The production phase of the film is two weeks in June, allowing us to give you all more of a chance to receive training and work as a team with the camera before we go off to shoot interviews. These two weeks would be the week of the 15th June and the week of the 22nd June.
I was in the production team for the second week the 22nd to 25th June. Including, Paul Head, Julie Hayward, Peter Hain, Daniel Finkelstein and Edward Bickham.
“And amazingly enough the camera has only just stopped rolling but already I need info from you for the premiere. The screening will be from 5-6pm on Monday 3rd August at the Curzon Renoir Cinema at Russell Square.”
The next time we will all meet will be at the editing facilities at Camden City Learning Centre. As well as an introduction to the editing phase of the project and sessions with the editing software (Final Cut Pro) we will have some half way evaluation sessions and some script writing sessions.
As for the day of the screening – if you are available I will need as many of you as possible down at the cinema from 11am to help set everything up.
You are all invited to the Documentary team Evaluation meeting on Monday 17th August. The Meeting will start at 10.30am and end at 4pm.This will be the last time that you’ll meet as a team other than screenings!
Bafta Screening is happening on 8th of September.
The film is being broadcast on the www.communitychannel.org on the 17th November.
Cinema screening of the final film at the BFI on the southbank on Saturday 28th November