Interesting article from Livity on how they are using film making skills to help young offenders gain confidence and skills that’ll help them on their release.
How can we inspire young offenders to move away from their past life and help provide them with the motivation, skills and support they need on release?
That was the challenge we set ourselves here at Livity when awarded a Home Office grant in association with the Crime Development Foundation.
Working with Isis Prison we wanted to work with 10 young people and develop their skills in video content production, with a view for their work to be produced and broadcast through our Live Mag YouTube channel. We developed a two-week workshop providing the young people with hands on experience of:
- idea development;
- script writing;
- camera work;
- editing; and
- pitch presentation skills.
Participants presented their ideas to the board of governors at Isis, who were amazed; they just couldn’t believe that the 15 young men stood in front of them were the same guys.
We teamed up with the talented bunch at BAFTA and the National Film & Television School and produced a short film based on the young offenders’ winning pitch. The rushes were then sent back to Isis for the young people to start the edit and add the sound track – all their original music.
The final film was then given its premiere at BAFTA to a packed out, 200-strong audience of stakeholders. Discussions continued about the impact the workshop has had on the young offenders, how we can continue the work with both these and other young offenders into the future, and how to grow the production of content and film making across more prisons up and down the country.
You’ll soon be able to see the finished article for yourself, but for now let me whet your appetite with some behind the scenes footage… Enjoy!
-Aaron Garside, Account Director