Young Film Academy

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I enrolled in The Young Film Academy summer school, where I learned how to handle full film equipment and use Final Cut Pro software to achieve multiple effects. I began to understand practicalities and challenges of making a film; different roles, and the value of a strong storyline with creative flare. The course culminated in the creation of a professional short, a team effort I’m proud of.

We learnt skills over a couple days and the rest of the week was used to create a storyline, setting, script, use the cameras to record the piece and edit it ready for the film showing on the Sunday.

I thouroughly enojyed myself in this learning experience, creating a film and also interacting with new people I met during my stay. Looking back, I can notice and evaluate many points and elements I would develop or altur but having only a few days to create this along with multiple opinons from the team, I believe this project is something we can all be very proud of.

Link to the final movie:

 

This is the making and behind the scenes of this film. This was also created by us within the time limit that we had:

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Volunteering – St Francis’ Children Society

Through my school and the Get Involved (GIV) Project I was interviewed and chosen to take part and lead a project to transform a garden in a local children’s adoption centre. More on St Francis’ Children Society here: https://www.facebook.com/stfrancischildrenssociety/

BEFORE:

This garden was designed by myself and 4 other Sixth Form students; also with the help of Garden Designers from Cherrypip Garden Designers. This space was created to give, the community visiting, a place to both relax and play. The building is used for the children, adoption parents and adopting parents so a transformation like this can make a huge difference on the outlook from their time spent there. We were also lucky enough to be funded by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and were donated plants from Homebase too.

At the end of only 3 days it was being open to the public and to do so the Mayor, Steve Coventry, visited. I was honored to give a tour of the garden, the building and explain our aims and achievements to both the Mayor and Mayoress along with another student I was working with.  I was interviewed by the press and many photos were taken. Take a look at the article published about the whole scheme, including a video: http://www.onemk.co.uk/charity-garden-created-by-milton-keynes-students-opens-to-the-public/story-29491896-detail/story.html

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St Francis garden opening 2

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I’m so grateful I got to take part in this scheme; working and helping those of younger years in my school and learning new skills, both socially and physically. I have done some volunteering in the past but this seemed like a whole new experience and I thoroughly enjoyed myself as well. I would love to take part in more volunteering and schemes like this in the future.