Life lessons shared through poetry

In our March writing session, Kirsten Luckins took us through an intensive idea-generation brainstorm and then couple of great poetic structures that together will allow you to articulate what YOU have learned in life. https://videopress.com/v/aHMI6t5R?preloadContent=metadata

Take a better, more meaningful photo

In this month's digital workshop, film-maker and storyteller Laura Degnan takes us through some essential photographic techniques that will help you add layers of meaning to your images, which will ensure maximum impact when you combine them with your written or spoken words. Follow along with these exercises as we look at the impact of … Continue reading Take a better, more meaningful photo

2021 writing creative memoir #1 – your wibbly, wobbly life path

In this session, Kirsten guides you to think about the shape of your life path, and gives you three ways of writing that might help you create an overview. Using 'anaphora' poems by Sara Dennis and Amir Darwish, and an extract from Michelle Obama, you should end up with a summary or prologue piece that … Continue reading 2021 writing creative memoir #1 – your wibbly, wobbly life path

Making that Christmas film, and linking Dropbox to iMovie

In this video, Laura revises some of our key editing tools, and then teaches our core participants how to access the Celebrating Change Dropbox app in order to Export a soundtrack into their digital stories. Although some of you watching won't have access to our particular Dropbox, this should still give you an idea of … Continue reading Making that Christmas film, and linking Dropbox to iMovie

Digital basics #6 – adding a soundtrack

In our final intro session of 2020, our films are nearly finished. All that's needed is a soundtrack! Laura shows you how to add music from the iMovies audio library, and how to fade it in and out. If you've been following along with these tutorials, we'd love to see your work on our Facebook … Continue reading Digital basics #6 – adding a soundtrack

Digital basics #5 – adding voiceovers

In this session, Laura will lead us through recording a voiceover directly onto your iPad, and then how to trim and re-position it in order to get the words aligning with your chosen images. https://videopress.com/v/gnIUSXzG?preloadContent=metadata

Building your writing muscles #5 – in which we reply to Mary Oliver

Use this tutorial video to inspire a series of short free-writes inspired by lines from the famous poem Wild Geese, which contains within it ideas of goodness, guilt, repentance, the physical body, and our relationship with nature. https://videopress.com/v/OkU2VCkI?preloadContent=metadata

Digital basics #3 – how to start a movie project in iMovie

In this session, we open the iMovie app and learn how to create a new project. We learn what each area of the editing screen is called and what it does, how to insert a video clip onto the timeline for editing, and how to delete it off again. We also learn what a playhead … Continue reading Digital basics #3 – how to start a movie project in iMovie

Digital Basics #1 – iPads for absolute beginners

What is a digital story? Switching on and charging your iPad What is an app? https://videopress.com/v/xfxxVkLT?preloadContent=metadata Entering a passcode (Celebrating Change core participants only) What is an app? Swiping between screens https://videopress.com/v/89FBfSbA?preloadContent=metadata Turning the Camera app on and off How to close down all your apps if something isn't responding Taking photos and video The … Continue reading Digital Basics #1 – iPads for absolute beginners

Life Lines by Dawn Foster

Our final digital story from Celebrating Change #2 is from Dawn, who has put together an incredibly beautiful and ambitious stop-motion film featuring the drawings and textile skills that make up her own personal practice. Following the thread of her own life, her mother's struggles and her own experience of motherhood, she takes the image … Continue reading Life Lines by Dawn Foster

Behind the scenes at a ship launch with Jan Winward

During our year of workshops in Middlesbrough, Jan has been a staunch participant with many interesting memories of her working life in the heyday of industrial Teesside. Never one to sit easy with the more poetic side of our writing exercises, Jan elected to film an interview for her digital story and tell us how … Continue reading Behind the scenes at a ship launch with Jan Winward