Film Making, Another String to my Bow

It takes a tremendous amount of people, hard work and planning to create a film. Its more than just pointing a camera at something, pressing record and hoping for the best. The amount of research, writing, planning and communication needed with people is time consuming and extensive, and that’s even before you call action.

But once you have finished pre-production, shooting, editing and then distribution, its fingers crossed time. There is always that hope that enough people see what you’ve made and then hope they like it, and you hope enough people get to hear the story or message you want to portray to make what you do worth while.

I’ve been involved in making short films for over 10 years now. I have been In front and behind the camera on and off, but since 2016 my film making journey has begun to accelerate. I sit here in anticipation of the 19th Cornwall Film Festival, where for the first time, something I have directed has been shortlisted. (in fairness it’s the first time I’ve ever submitted anything to a film festival)

The Cornwall Film Festival showcases some of the best South West film-making talent, bringing worthy film-makers to national attention. My film was one of hundreds submitted and falls in to their category of ‘the most innovative and adventurous work from filmmakers who display a stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché’. Its a ego trip… and i’ll take it.

In 2019, I was asked by Liskeard Town Council to write a short film based upon their annual Liskeard Unlocked events. The theme that year was ‘People Power’ and the local Children’s theatre company, ‘Wham Bam’, was running a promenade play based on the little known Liskeard Child Miners Strike of 1872.

A short film shared the untold story 1872 giving a glimpse into the lives of Victorian children working in the mines around Liskeard and how their actions inspired modern day local children to take part in the Global School Strike for Climate Change and also helped shape the modern education that Children ‘enjoy’ today.

The film was an almost 100% Cornish affair, with the entire production team living in Cornwall, all but one of the cast being Cornwall based with the recording and editing being done in Cornwall, it couldn’t be shown anywhere else except for the 19th Cornwall Film Festival.

And I am enormously proud of the team that helped get this project over the line.

I am always looking for new stories to share, either on film or through photographs. If you have any suggestions please feel free to contact me and share your stories.