Living in a Changing World is a documentary-making
project funded by Mediabox and
supported by funds from RCE North
East, delivered by, about and for young people.
The core group of young people involved in this project
explored what they think are the
issues facing them in the future and which most concern them.
The participants formed a production team to create a documentary
and were given training and guidance in sound production,
lighting and camera work, interview techniques, scripting
questions, storyboarding, presentation and editing.
Guidance from creative media professionals
was available at each stage of the process,
but both the content of the film and decision-making processes
were driven by the young people involved.
One focus of the film was a one day workshop,
Real About Climate Change, organised by The Great Debate,
North East and North East Centre for Lifelong Learning
on the theme of how humanity should respond to climate change.
The focus on this workshop was decided based on the high level of
interest expressed by young people who participated in
The Great Debate's Don't Shout at the Telly,
Change What's on it! workshop held in March 2009.
The film-making element of this previous event and the content
of the discussions caught the imagination of participants,
inspiring the topics of the forthcoming workshop and this project.
Reality, a film-making workshop for young people was included
Real About Climate Change to facilitate wider participation
in the film beyond the core production team and
encourage cross fertilisation of ideas of participants in the
film-making project and debate-based workshop.
Starting in March 2010 our young participants were engaged
in participatory sessions developing the ideas,
researching, interviewing and gaining the skills leading to the
filming of the Getting
Real About Climate Change workshop.
Further participatory sessions were facilitated either side of
editing sessions to allow the production team to review content prior
to final edit.
The Great Debate and RCE North East team
aims to link participants with vocational pathways,
such as apprenticeships, artist / film-making mentorship schemes
with dedicated organisations,
Northern Film & Media's
training and development initiatives, and routes into further education.
Living in a Changing World is organised by The Great Debate
in partnership with
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