Growing Old Disgracefully by Sandra Falconer and Joyce Skinn

We leave you for now with this delightful film, featuring an interview with friends Sandra and Joyce, and their haiku collaboration. We love it because it shows what can happen *after* people take part in Celebrating Change - how they take their skills, confidence, and new-found creativity out into the world. https://videopress.com/v/ELXagkXo?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata

Karma Cry-Sis by Nick Smith

An epic poem of social commentary today from Nick Smith, matched by his ambitious use of captured and vintage footage in a powerfully-paced montage. https://videopress.com/v/GvlF5LhN?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata

‘Til DEath Do Us Join by Allan Rodgers

The poem that forms the foundation of this digital story is really from the heart. Watch out for the very simple, yet very effective visual device Allan uses in the film to symbolise the impact of huge emotions on the self - even without a big film budget, it's possible to create powerful imagery. https://videopress.com/v/mPsSeSGo?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata

On A day Like This by Fran Edwards

In this digital story, Fran tells us a little about how she came to live in Redcar, and shares beautiful reflections on the circularity and layering of time and familial relationships. https://videopress.com/v/KqFotemA?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata

Erimus by Sandra Falconer

Sandra has been part of Celebrating Change for a couple of years now, making beautiful films about her family and community. In this latest digital story she combines film, photos, archive material and original stop-motion to celebrate the history of her beloved Middlesbrough - from dinosaurs to strikers! https://videopress.com/v/04hLXAlp?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata

For My Mother by Atainu Mbikan

Like so many of us, Ati's year has been marked by great loss and bereavement. Although she was unable to participate directly in most of our workshops, the video resources we made for this third year of the project, plus the year-long use of our iPad, meant Ati could write and film at her own … Continue reading For My Mother by Atainu Mbikan

Building your writing muscles – Christmas Special

So here it is, our last session of 2020, in which we take a whistle-stop tour of techniques and prompts used over the last 6 weeks and apply them to the creation of a Christmas/seasonal message! Combine the piece you produce from this tutorial with Laura's challenge to take footage of your Christmas, and you … Continue reading Building your writing muscles – Christmas Special

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

Growth by Katharine Jones

Katharine's digital stories are strongly formed out of her faith, and her work with refugees and asylum seekers who are supported by Stockton Baptist Church. This first piece turns a pantoum poem into a prayer for closeness with God - please enjoy her charming stop-motion animation and beautiful photographs taken along the banks of the … Continue reading Growth by Katharine Jones