Here’s one of the snaps from those days of me cozying up to a Serbian checkpoint guard called Snjezana, with whom we have made a little film as part of UNTV’s Video Letters series. Needless to say Snjezana was very different to most of the checkpoint guards we came across - most were large blokes with guns on a power trip, very often drunk and always on the scrounge for cigarettes. Read more about that story here.
For all those that miss the transmission time (or for those of you that live outside the South West), you will be able to watch the film on the BBC iPlayer.
The film follows 71 year old mountaineer and double amputee Norman Croucher from Devon. Not content with having scaled some of the world’s biggest peaks, including Cho Oyo in Tibet at over 8000m on his two tin legs, Croucher has decided to learn to paraglide.
Shot on location in the Lake District in Cumbria and in Dorset and Devon, the film follows Norman on his journey. But at 71 is this a challenge too far for the intrepid adventurer?
For more information on Norman Croucher, please visit his website here.
The course is aimed at anyone with an interest on documentary film and is based around a ‘live’ project to be produced in Exeter as part of the course. The film will be planned, scripted, shot, edited and produced by the students during the week. The final film will be uploaded to Youtube and Vimeo and, for those students hoping to go on to make a career in film and TV, this project will make a valuable addition to their screen credit list.
During the course, students will learn about the key practical elements of documentary filmmaking, about the editorial and planing process, about project preparation as well as learning valuable production tips and techniques on documentary camera skills, audio and post production.
The course costs just £300 for a full week of tuition. For more information and to book a place on the course, please call 01392 667 066 see the Exeter Phoenix website here:
The CBA DFID funding is aimed at journalists and filmmakers develop projects and programming focusing on development issues in Commonwealth countries and in these tough econmic times, with TV and media budgets being cut, the scheme is more important than ever in helping to produce films that raise awareness on develpoment issues. You can read more about the CBA Media Development Scheme here:
The funding means that I have been able to do further research and development work on the film project and also fund a trip to Uganda for several days shooting. We'll also be shooting several key interviews in the UK and to day I am in Aberystwyth in Wales to interview Dr Henry Lamb about his current project work on Lake Tana in Ethiopia.
We plan to post regular updates on this blog about the film project and the forth coming trips.