1. This film was created by the participants using the idea of characters as a starting point. Creating our central characters from the 'exquisite-corpse' paper game - one person draws the head, the next the body etc... they then thought about what might happen if these characters met and created their story around that.
    This film was ultimately entitled 'Sexy Mugabe and Joy the Alien' and is a mad and wonderful as it sounds! The creativeness of the group was such they decided to encompasses both visual effects and costume/ art direction.

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  2. This film was created by the participants using a 'prop' as a starting point.
    We found a couple of peacock feathers and the group discussed their possible 'meaning'.
    Focussing on the strongest ideas, they broke into two groups and developed two stories around these ideas.

    They drew up storyboards and shortlists, a couple went off to scavenge bits of material from a other projects and created costumes. Crew roles alternated throughout the filming so everyone experienced each position.

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  3. This film was created by the participants using a 'prop' as a starting point.
    Using some red plastic flowers from the market, as a group they talked about the many possible meanings a red flower could have.
    Together they decided on the three strongest meanings and created stories to illustrate this meaning. Storyboards and shortlists were devised and roles alternated throughout the filming.

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  4. Each participant has three shots with which to make a film that describes them.
    This is often the first excersize since it gets everyone behind the camera (in pairs they take it in terms for film ones other with other members of the group also assisting)
    It makes them start thinking about shots - wide/ medium/ close up and how much they control the power of the image.
    It is very fun, quick to make sure everyone gets a go, asks them to think about their own personal identity.
    It is also a great way for us to get to know something about each of them.

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  5. Each participant had three shots with which to make a film that describes them. This is often the first excersize since it gets everyone in front of and behind the camera and makes them start thinking about shots - wide/ medium/ close up.
    It is also a great way for us to get to know something about them and doesn't rely on spoken language or being comfortable in front of the camera since they can choose to use things that represent them best.

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Films created by the participants of the CREATIVE ARTS SCHOOLS TRUST workshops.

In early 2009 DAVID MORRISSEY was asked to go on an exploratory visit to the Palestinian camps in Beirut by Ros Young from UNWRA and Ibrahim Hewitt. This was to investigate


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Films created by the participants of the CREATIVE ARTS SCHOOLS TRUST workshops.

In early 2009 DAVID MORRISSEY was asked to go on an exploratory visit to the Palestinian camps in Beirut by Ros Young from UNWRA and Ibrahim Hewitt. This was to investigate the possibility of bringing some drama classes to the children who attended the UNWRA schools there. After seeing the lack of drama facilities there, on his return he put together a team of creative individuals covering all areas of theatre including acting, dancing, movement and design. With Ros and Ibrahim’s help, David and Emma Wee (CEO) went out to Beirut in October 2009 to do a week-long workshop with around 80 children from across Lebanon – the result was a huge success and David was determined not to make this a one-off event but to have some sort of sustainability for both the children and the teachers who had got so much from the experience. In March 2010 a course was set up to train local teachers to be able to run creative learning sessions in their own schools. Again the response from all involved and the local community was very encouraging.

Freya first became involved with the CREATIVE ARTS SCHOOLS TRUST after working on an educational project for the Royal Opera House with the theatre designer/ director Emma Wee.
Working with David and Emma, Freya developed a Film element to run alongside the Dance, Drama and Music. Co-teaching the first film workshop in Tyre, Lebanon in Nov 2011 with David, anything from 20 to 30x kids each day participated, of varying ages and speaking good to no English and it was challenging, exhausting and amazingly fun. Each child initially made a self-portrait consisting of 3x shots they chose that they felt best conveyed something about them, then we moved into them creating characters who they built short films around and finally used a prop as our starting point for their final film. In Finetown township, Johannesburg, South Africa in April 2012 Freya ran a similar workshop with the Johannesburg-based Cinematographer Dean Hibbert.

Freya
"I absolutely believe CAST is life-changing for both those children lucky enough to participate in it and those of us even luckier enough to teach on it"

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