Youth In Action; Reeltimes

January 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Lots of huge things happening this week! As well as preparing frantically for my workshop at the People’s History Museum on Saturday, I have been working collaboratively on ‘Reeltimes’; a video that myself and the rest of the Future Fires are going to be making together as part of our Youth in Action application.

At first I have to admit, we were looking at themes like ‘youth empowerment’, ‘community’, ‘diversity’ and ‘leadership’ and I couldn’t help feel a little unenthusiastic. I mean, I work in the arts – these themes are something that are explored on a daily basis and although all very important, they arn’t something that are going to make me feel motivated to make a film about. After much chatting and millions of flip-chart ideas later, the group as a collective finally reached a decision about which we all felt extremely passionate: The massive challenges experienced by people between the ages of 19 – 25 years old, who need support and guidance more than anything right now.

Given the economic climate, the time of cuts and austerity, a transitional period in our lives which is already difficult enough, has been hugely exacerbated. As most of us fit into that category, we found that just by talking about the theme, there was a new found energy in the room. I for one was very emotional and had to really hold-back on a lot of the negativity that I inevitably felt towards society and the government. The group decided that despite this huge sense of anger, we had all done something about it. Not many of us are working full time and we have devoted nearly a year of hard-work and devotion to our projects just to ensure that we are helping to make a difference, build our own skill levels and work towards what we hope, will be a positive future. The idea of the film is not to preach at people and tell them everything will be okay, but instead, tell them that despite our ‘success’ – if that’s what you want to call it – we all felt or still feel all of those emotions. We want to try and instil a sense of motivation in people and give them a reason to wake up in the morning no matter what the weather (metaphorically speaking, of course). Here’s some documentation of our conversation on Saturday:

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We are currently looking for AV editing/DVD production companies and freelance artists so stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks…

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