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Oska Bright On The Road Australia – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti / 12 March 2011

Young learning disabled film makers practising camera angles

Reel 2 Reel Residency film making. Photo by Mark Richardson

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By Matthew Hellett

We have just finished a very successful week of our film making residency. 11 young people with a learning disability attended the training from across Adelaide – there were some people from Tutti choir, Restless Dance Company and some independent young people interested in film. We ran the course in the Marion area of Adelaide.

They all created a very interesting film script and their film was called “Cops and Rockers” - we thought the film was very good. It was a music video to the Beat Express single, “Stand Up”.

During the film making the group learned how to use a Flip Camera, and about the different kinds of shots you can use when making a film. We had lots of chances to practice doing this using “Knock Knock” jokes to help them film conversations with over-the-shoulder and close up shots.

We showed the young people lots of different Oska Bright films from our film library – this inspired them to want to make lots of different kinds of films – like documentaries about their lives, also comedy films and romances.

This was a very great first residency in Australia for us. The film we made will be going up on the uScreen website soon. We look forward to another residency next week before we go touring around the countryside. Come back next week to find out our second residency week went.

Bye bye for now!

Keywords: disability arts festival,film,learning disability,user led organisations