In 2015 we started our Spectrum project to work with youth on the Autism Spectrum. This was planned to encourage youth who enjoy film and screen work develop a simple training in filming and editing. Two experienced film directors and educators, Yaron Lapid and Mark Norfolk, trained young people in storytelling, framing, cutting, dramatic narrative as well as camera and sound work. We were made aware by teachers that most of these young people were unable to interact easily with others and the training also required the students to interview someone on camera. As a result we helped the students produce a film which expressed their development and skills. The achievement was a massive stepping stone and the course is one we see as a vital development in what the Company can offer.
We are proud of our students and an example of the project’s success is Oscar Kraft’s own video about being on the spectrum which Is an original and exciting achievement.
In 2014-2016 the Company produced a one day a week pilot project for young people on the autistim spectrum which focuses on film editing. This was supported by The Childwick Trust, The London Community Foundation – Comic Relief and Santander Foundation and a grant from LCF/Deutsche Bank. This initiative is planned to continue through 2016.
This is Oscar Kraft, who attended our film-making course for youth on the spectrum. Now he is making his own films. What a success story! Bravo Oscar!
This video of Oscar Kraft is a fine example of a young man on the autism spectrum who attended our workshops and is now in full time employment. Training with our film experts gave him the confidence to develop his own skills and to write and direct his own creative films.
Currently we are working with many different communities in particular BAME groups on Discovering and Documenting England’s Lost Jews. This is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Scarfeman by Eli Richman
A Night Under the Lights by Oscar Kraft
Produced by Julia Pascal
Eli’s work is stunning and Oscar’s really fabulous. I am so proud of these two young men’s achievement. They really show London’s secret worlds.