Magna Carta Radio Plays

Funding Body/Client: Cultural Solutions UK / Lincolnshire County Council

Goals: To break down cultural barriers and improve relationships between migrant communities and UK citizens

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Lincoln holds one of only four copies of the document, and Blueprint: Film Foundation, with it's roots in Lincolnshire has worked on a variety of creative cultural projects to help the city celebrate and reflect upon this historic milestone.

In the Magna Carta Radio Play project, Darren Bolton was commissioned to write a series of radio plays to be showcased at the Festival 800 Poets Laureate Landscape Event. Each play was based upon the experiences of migrant communities.

In preparation for the project, Darren worked alongside the Boston Lithuanian community, listening to their history, their experiences of travelling to the UK, stories of their home countries and their hopes for the future. Darren wrote three plays based on what he learnt from the communities, linking in the themes of the Magna Carta and even inspired one member of the group to write her own play.

Blueprint: Film Foundation then took to the studio to record all four plays. Once again we collaborated with the Boston Lithuanian community, giving them the opportunity to act in the radio plays. The plays were then edited together by David Brook and Mikaela Smith, ready to be aired for a wide audience at the Magna Carta Poets Laureate Lincolnshire Landscape project alongside an excellent programme of creative projects designed to explore the themes of freedom of speech, human rights and democracy.

Goole Bonfire

Funding Body/Client: Goole Town Council

Goals: Increase cultural value of bonfire night events

Every year Blueprint: Film work alongside Shooting Fish theatre company to devise a unique arts show to accompany Goole's extravagant fireworks display, attendance for the event is upwards of 10,000 people.  For 2015, we created a radio play to be accompanied by shadow puppet theatre and performances from young people local to the area. Our play takes the audience back in time to 1926, when Goole celebrated its centenary and allows the audience to experience the sounds of West Park's famous Pageant.

The Goole Bonfire project is one that allows us to work with some fantastic people and unleash our creativity. In previous years we have used our skills to create not only audio dramas, but short films and animation. Each year we work to a new creative brief that carries a different theme, so far we have created exciting work around The Three Little Pigs, The Tempest, WW1 and The BFG.

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Film in a Week – Talent Quest

Funding Body/Client: Shooting Fish

Goals: To support children in care in making their own short film

Blueprint: Film Foundation collaborated with Shooting Fish on their Film in a Week project. Following his work on our similar film project, David Brook handled the production of the film, working with a group of children in care to write, produce and shoot a short film entitled ‘Talent Quest’. The children had the opportunity to star in the film too, which was then edited together by David, ready to be screened at the care home.

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ESF Radio Plays

Funding Body/Client: ESF/Shooting Fish Theatre Company

Goals: To increase employability amongst participants by developing new technical skills and building on interpersonal ones

Shooting Fish Theatre Company ran a series of workshops with two groups of young unemployed adults in Gainsborough, culminating in the writing of two radio plays. The groups went into a professional recording studio where they performed their parts, then David Brook from Blueprint: Film Foundation ran an audio editing workshop with the group where they started to piece the recordings together to form the final plays.

These edits were then taken away and completed by Blueprint: Film Foundation, ready for a premiere event where the groups success was celebrated, helping boost confidence and self-esteem.

The project was designed to give participants the skills, both technical and interpersonal, to have the confidence and know-how to be able to get into (or return to) employment.

Ghost Story App

Funding Body/Client: Awards For All

Goals: To develop media and interpersonal skills as well as community cohesion

Through Awards For All funding, we helped a variety of local community groups produce a series of short ghost story films. These all tell of local legends surrounding ghosts and hauntings in the city of Lincoln.

These groups included hard to reach young people from EYS (Education Youth Services), who devised and created a short film about hauntings in the Theatre Royal. Another group from X-Church's Slumgothic youth club in Gainsborough produced a film about the various apparitions spotted on Greestone Steps.

The films will become part of an interactive treasure hunt app, where users will solve clues to find each spooky location in Lincoln and, through the magic of modern technology, when they get there, their phone/tablet will display a film telling the eerie tale of what took place in that very spot.

Quote: Mary Ward-Lowery - volunteer “We loved the films - first one genuinely a bit scary, lots of great, natural acting in the longer one. Great stuff - v proud of those who took part..”

Georgina Akim Hubble-Simpson - participant “Had a great time and the results were much slicker and more professional than I expected.”