ON Wednesday night Eden Court CREATIVE’s film-making classes received unanimous positive feedback after a sold-out screening of their latest works.
The hour-long event, which took place in Eden Court’s cinema featured a number of film shorts created over the last year by participants of the theatre’s various digital media courses.
Alongside short comedy skits from the 13 – 17’s group and stop-frame tales from younger participants, there were also two short documentaries focusing on outdoor adventure films featuring young carers and pupils from the Inverness area.
Supported by Cashback for Creativity, the projects involved a ten week program of kayaking, mountain biking, gorge walking and bushcraft skills, aimed at increasing the childrens’ confidence and providing an opportunity to promote positive decision making.
The heartfelt and inspiring films followed a group of Highland Young Carers as they took part in activities over three days at Badaguish Outdoor Centre and members of the Youth Action Team accessing bushcraft skills and team building exercises in the Abriachan forest.
As well as enjoying the activities, the youngsters were also highly involved in filming and editing much of the action themselves, a key motivation for the project.
Chris MacCormick, of the Youth Action Team, said: “The film project from Eden Court CREATIVE is worth its weight in gold.
“The guys have an active part in filming which they have not been able to do before, it gives us a real end product that they can look back on and feel proud about.”
Graeme Roger, Eden Court CREATIVE’s digital artist, said: “It’s been a really worthwhile project to be involved in; the kids who’ve taken part often don’t get a chance to engage with these kind of activities and the work that’s been produced is really inspiring.
“And for them to see their films shown on the big screen here too, that’s not something that happens every day.”
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Notes to editors:
- Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.
- Eden Court CREATIVE Arts Workers live and work in ten different areas covering the whole of the Highlands of Scotland, from Nairn to Skye, from Lochaber to Caithness. They specialise in making drama, dance and digital media activities accessible to both children and adults in the Highlands. Eden Court CREATIVE also employs two Additional Support Needs specialists, making the Arts as accessible as possible for the entire community.
- Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or Intermediate 2 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.
- Cashback for Creativity is part of the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme, which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people. Cashback for Creativity aims to support a wide range of projects in dance, film and music – reaching communities where there is an identified and demonstrated need.
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