Today working with Shelly and Ellie we completed the main body of filming for our production. We were shooting the rest of the scenes the group had written and Shelly and Ellie were playing the character Charlie.
The scenes included Charlie at home before she went into care and Charlie running away. We also shot a reconstruction of a contact. These were key experiences the young people had decided on for the film. Heres some screenshots of Shelly in her role – Charlie running away…
Both Ellie and Shelly performed their scenes with character and brought a lot of focus. Heres some screenshots of Ellie playing her role – Charlie before going into care…
The post production process will now begin watch the blog for updates trailers and launch details…
Today we worked with Amy and her Carer to play out some scenes for the film featuring a character called Charlie – who was going into care. Amy was very professional about the way she performed and developed in confidence as the shoot went on.
The scene, which the group wrote, explored feelings around placements and how arriving at a placement to meet people you don’t know for the first time can be scary. The group had decided that arriving at a new place and new surroundings is a bit daunting and confusing so that was the way Amy acted the part.
When they arrived the carer welcomed them at the door. She had a very friendly face and a big smile. That was reassuring for Charlie but she was still a bit nervous.
They sat down in the front room and the social worker and Charlie listened to the Carer explain who she was and who lives in the house.
After that the social worker and Charlie took Charlie’s things, which were in plastic bags, up to the room she would be staying in.
The carer showed Charlie around.
The scenes will feature in some way in their film which is still in production. Keep watching the blog for updates.
I become the person I am inspired to be
No matter how much you run away and hide from me
You’re the ones that have written my history so far
Some of the decisions you made really tore me apart
You gave me some time to sort myself out
Get rid of my mind that was so full of doubt
Got me the help I need
Save me from the guilt I pleaded
Believe in me
When I was younger no one believed in me
I tried to speak and no one was hearing me
Everybody in my family didn’t collaborate for my safety
Trapped behind closed doors and no one would relate to me
Its changing me, they think i do it for attention?
Eventually I got my detention, they did it to teach me a lesson
Then I found my aggression, it took me into depression
They don’t know the real me they’re just guessing
When all i really want to be is progressing
Where was the care system when I needed prevention?
I screamed for attention but you prevented me from getting protection
Ill be the one to teach you a lesson
They cut the budget back but didn’t consider the who it was effecting
Don’t sway me with consolations
Bear in mind the consequence of your invasions
Do you think I liked sleeping outside on a stone cold floor?
They don’t understand what its like when I walked through the school door
But I wanted more from this life I want to rise up
I want to triumph, we are minors but if you only listen you will find us
I wonder why
I look into the deep blue sky, and I wonder why
All this pain all this hurt, the tears fall when I cry
Been dragged into care at the speed of light
I was numb to the motion, frozen in fear and fright
Abandoning my mum, a new life had begun
On the run, my hearts beating like the sound of a drum
The sight of my carers face was like an illusion
New territory I felt like an intruder and it added to all the confusion
I hoped a better life would be the conclusion
Our #arts4care journey was well and truly underway!!! After all the groups hard work on the art work with CBLOXX and GX2, their minds would now focus on making their very own film with Inspired Youth. The film would be broken down into 3 segments including interviews with the young people, spoken word poems, and drama scenes they had written.
Today we started work on some writing with KRITIKAL, who had come to bring his writing skills as an artist to help the young people write their own pieces which they would record for the film. First we explored themes for the writing then together the group thought of words that ryhmed out on some paper which they could use in their poems.
The writing session was fantastic and the group all worked well with KRITIKAL. Using the skills KRITIKAL shared with the group they wrote some pretty moving poems which were really powerful. You can read them here (soon).
Next the young people spoke their poems out loud to the group and everyone clapped and encouraged each other. KRITIKAL worked with the group to record the poems and they took turns being boom operator!
Finally the group went to the park to find some reflective spaces that could visualise their poetry. Everyone was really committed and focused to the task. Below are some screen shots from filming. Keep watching the blog for updates #aspire2more
The group used Rob, the character they had created, to create a timeline of his life in care. They renamed him “Charlie”. This would help us create scenes which we would shoot for the film. The group set about telling Charlie’s story…
They chose to start the timeline in Charlie’s life before it changed and he went into care. The group worked together as a team to draw it on a roll of paper…
Charlie’s life was difficult at home. There where lots of arguments and problems where building. Charlie was frightened.
The group decided that in Charlies’s story the teachers at school identified that he was having some problems at home. They decided Charlie was running away from home and school sometimes.
The team worked well together, it was emotive talking about Charlie’s journey and they showed strength and resilience.
The group decided that one night the police got involved and Charlie was taken away from a difficult situation. He was feeling confused and upset and was then taken to a placement. The group decided he didn’t like it there and after running away a few times Charlie was moved to a placement he felt more safe and where he built self esteem.
Next the group chose 4 key moments of Charlie’s life they would like to make into scenes for their film.
Finally after a productive session the group were asked to think about what message they would like to share with the world, one thing they wanted to say about care…
The group worked hard and created lots of themes and ideas for the film. The next stage of the project will be the film production. Follow the blog to follow the journey…
After an amazing journey transforming hamilton house the group came back together to start the next chapter of the journey. They would be embarking on making a film about their experiences of the care journey, that would be aimed at professionals.
First the group watched some of Inspired Youth’s previous films. They had already seen the music4care film in the first part of the project so they watched different styles of films such as short documentaries and campaign films. They were encouraged to think about styles and approaches they liked that we could apply to our film.
Together they discussed the different things care meant to them and made a spider diagram writing down all the individual views of the group.
There were some negative and some positive responses, They wrote the positive and negative things in different colours. Some of the group had more positive experiences than others. It was an emotional experience either way, for everyone whether they had had good or bad experiences of care.
Kieron and Eliie discuss…
It was great to see the group communicating in a positive way with each other. They discussed various themes about the care experience, everyone in the group had an experience to share and a point to make. They showed great character and resilience to talk about their experiences and they were learning from each other. Next they will use the character they created to create a realistic care journey which would give us scenes to dramatise for the film.