Oska Bright On The Road – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti. Week 4 of our work here by Matthew Hellett
Wow! Our time here is going really quickly! This week on Monday we met up with Jackie Saunders from Tutti, to make an interview with her for a TV station in Melbourne that broadcasts all over Australia. The programme is made by learning disabled people and it is about learning disabled people. It was really nice to have an informative chat with Jackie about her work with Tutti, and about our work with Oska Bright.
On Tuesday and Thursday, Stephen and Simon did some work training the Tutti staff team in film making skills, and how to make film making accessible for learning disabled film makers. We did this to make sure that the staff could facilitate and advise the learning disabled film makers to get even better at film making.
On Wednesday night we went along to a Tutti choir rehearsal. It was interesting to see how other people work to maintain and build their artistic skills. There were some amazing people there – and it was great to hear Amy improvise, and see Joel do his warm up exercise. It helped me learn some new things – but I did find the singing hard! It’s not really my thing. Massive goes out to the Tutti choir and everything they have done and are doing.
On Friday we met with Matt Jones, who used to work with us at Oska bright doing press. He now works for Federation Square in Melbourne. We talked to him about our work in Adelaide, our new plans to work with Digital Media, and how he might help us to bring Oska Bright to Melbourne within the next couple of years.
Its been a busy week, and we’ve had time to re-charge our batteries and get ready for going up to Barossa for our next film making residency week.
I’ll write some more next week, if we survive the wines of Barossa!
Today has been our third rainy day in Adelaide since we got here!
Simon and Stephen worked with the Tutti staff to explain in closer details about film making, editing and supporting learning disabled people to remain in control of the process.
Last night we went to visit the Tutti choir at one of their rehearsals. I felt inspired by the creativity of everybody there. Its great to see how other people work, and I’ve learned from that. Afterwards we went for Pizza together and had a chance to chat with people outside of their artistic work. It was great getting to know people!
Everyone is very friendly and supportive here - I can’t wait to see the kinds of films that they make after we’ve gone back to the UK!
Oska Bright On The Road – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti at Minda Campus, Adelaide
Tuesday 15th March until Friday 18th March 2011
By Matthew Hellett
We have just finished our second residency – it was very successful! The 14 young people that we worked with were really lovely and nice. They made a Silent Movie style film that they called “Dr Spot Makes Cat Burgers”. We hope to have it up on the uScreen website soon.
Everyone in the group was very enthusiastic and lively – full of ideas for film making! We made a script with them, and showed them how to use camera’s. We spent a long time showing the young people different camera angles and shots that you can use in film making – eg medium shot and over the shoulder shot. As usual we used Flip Cam’s – everyone found them easy to use and said that they would buy one. They asked us all about how to buy them.
We showed lots of films from the Oska Bright archives – the young people found them funny, interesting and said that they had some ideas from them for their own films.
During the evaluation at the end of the week, everyone said that they wanted to go on to make another film – which is really good to hear. This means that Oska Bright is influencing people in the right ways and that film making is having a positive effect on the young people in Australia that maybe didn’t have the skills and knowledge before.
The one thing I did find difficult though, was that the place we filmed in was a big institution where over 200 people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities lived. It reminded me of the old “Mental Handicap” hospitals that we used to have in the UK, and it made me feel sad for the people that live there. I am glad that these places have all nearly finished closing down in the UK, and I hope we never see them again at home. Sorry to end on a negative note – but I feel very strongly about this.
Oska Bright On The Road – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti
Monday 7th March until Thursday 10th March 2011
By Matthew Hellett
We have just finished a very successful week of our film making residency. 11 young people with a learning disability attended the training from across Adelaide – there were some people from Tutti choir, Restless Dance Company and some independent young people interested in film. We ran the course in the Marion area of Adelaide.
They all created a very interesting film script and their film was called “Cops and Rockers” - we thought the film was very good. It was a music video to the Beat Express single, “Stand Up”.
During the film making the group learned how to use a Flip Camera, and about the different kinds of shots you can use when making a film. We had lots of chances to practice doing this using “Knock Knock” jokes to help them film conversations with over-the-shoulder and close up shots.
We showed the young people lots of different Oska Bright films from our film library – this inspired them to want to make lots of different kinds of films – like documentaries about their lives, also comedy films and romances.
This was a very great first residency in Australia for us. The film we made will be going up on the uScreen website soon. We look forward to another residency next week before we go touring around the countryside. Come back next week to find out our second residency week went.
Today we’re having a day off, we had a really nice lunch, Stephen had a darling pizza. We’re going to sit and chill, then go for a swim - it’s very very hot and we’re all burning up; we hope it’s nice and warm in England too (ha ha). We’ve got a keg of lager in the fridge so we’re likely to be too busy to blog for the rest of the day, even if we do get back on here we’re likely to be too drunk to make any sense… which would be fun…xxxxxxxxxxxxx