Community Film-making in Portsmouth

Am Only Human After All  FILMMAKING COURSE

Lights, camera, action…  (16 March 2018)

The new filmmakers are ready for the film production days.

Filming by students of the I Am Only Human After All workshop being run by Portsmouth Film Society is taking place around the city the weekend of 23 March.  The films will premiere at a red-carpet event to be held at the New Theatre Royal on the 30th of May.  These short films will also be screened at other local events this year and be entered into competitions.  You will also be able to view them online.

The films being made by first time Portsmouth filmmakers reflect on important local issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, people in recovery, disabilities and multiculturalism.  The class also includes students who are actively involved in support of these communities.

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) continues to deliver on its mission to use film to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures.  Throughout the 20 week course held at the University of Portsmouth, students are being introduced to all aspects of film making encompassing script writing, casting, directing, filming and film editing.  The curriculum includes lectures by local film makers and an inspirational tour of Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Centre in Pinewood Studios, London.

“We are encouraged by the talent and dedication of the students and intend to apply and enhance their writing and cinematic skills in future PFS projects.” says chair Cecelia Young.

PFS plans to conduct similar courses in the future and are delighted to have received the Awards For All, Big Lottery, which is making this project possible.  Attached 2 group photos with our students and poster.

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I Am Only Human After All:  (November 2016)                                                                                                                                    Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is using film to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures.  PFS filmmaking course will give an opportunity to dozen vulnerable individuals who will tell their story and reflect on their experiences in Portsmouth, both good and bad.

A variety of short films and documentaries will be produced with people who have been neglected in our community.  The project called I Am Only Human After All will premiere at a red carpet event in 2018 and be available on YouTube.  The individuals are being referred by the Salvation Army, Recovery Café and Empowering2change, organisations who support our vulnerable citizens struggling with issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, young care issues, people in recovery, youth with diabetes, and multiculturalism.

The project is being coordinated by Aysegul Epengin, founder of the Portsmouth Film Society and PhD student at the University of Portsmouth.  The short films will be created by Portsmouth Film Society and film study students in cooperation with the University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, the primary supporter of the Portsmouth Film Society’s weekly screenings.

PFS has run similar courses in the past and we are delighted to receive the Awards For All, Big Lottery, which is making this project possible.  PFS’s chair Cecelia Young said: “At the end of the project, we hope the people involved will gain a sense of achievement in making the film, be more confident, be more reflective in public, gain a feeling of being accepted and being clearly human. “

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is a member of the British Film Institute (BFI) and Cinema For All (British Film Societies Federation).