In 2015, we started our Spectrum project offering young people on the autism spectrum a basic training in filming and editing.
Two experienced film directors and educators – Yaron Lapid and Mark Norfolk – taught participants storytelling, framing, cutting, dramatic narrative as well as camera operation and sound work.
Stepping stone to success
Most of these young people found it difficult to interact easily with others, and the training required the students to interview someone on camera. Every student was supported to produce a film that showcased their development and skills. This achievement was a massive stepping stone and the course is one we see as a vital development in Pascal Theatre Company’s mission.
Between 2014-2016, the Company launched and ran a one day-a-week pilot project focusing on film editing for young people on the autism spectrum. This was supported by The Childwick Trust, The London Community Foundation, Comic Relief and Santander Foundation, and a grant from LCF/Deutsche Bank.
This is Oscar Kraft, who attended the Spectrum film-making course. He went on to make his own films and is in fulltime employment. Training with our film experts gave him the confidence to develop his own skills, to write and direct his own films. What a success story. Bravo Oscar!
We are currently 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, who says: ‘Eli’s work is stunning and Oscar’s really fabulous. I am so proud of these two young men’s achievements. They really show London’s secret worlds.’