We came across a great primer on how to make film in youth projects recently. Developed by Tim Davies of The Open University, and published under a Creative Commons licence, so that you can copy and share it.
The guidelines offer some great insights into how you should structure your film, the kit you need, how to keep out of hot water by using images of people and some great links on wider resources.
Devised for youth workers, the publication is also a great starting place for any community group who is interested in using film as a medium to evidence their impact or just to share good work.
We like film – because we can publish the evidence and good news on the Centre web site!
YouTube is a perfect medium for developing a community project film – you need to register for an account, of course. Not only can you upload your films in a variety of formats – and YouTube will automatically convert them – you can now use the services of TestTube and edit your films on-line too.
To improve access, you can add captions and subtitles with the YouTube caption editor.
With your Shared Practice publication above and a YouTube account you are ready to get that community production on-line – an event, a celebration, a fashion show…whatever you see.
Remember to always think before you publish and to follow the YouTube community guidelines every time.