Monthly Archives: June 2008

"Facing Forward" to be shown on the Community Channel

The film, Facing Forward, which PFP made in Rwanda, in conjunction with the youth charity rYico, has been selected by the Community Channel and will shortly be appearing on television in the UK.

It is scheduled at the following times on Sky 539 and Virgin TV 233 (24 hours x 7 days-a-week) and Freeview 87 (daily 06.00 – 09.00):

01.07.08 – 21.00
04.07.08 – 09.00, 13.00, 17.00, 21.00, 01.00, 05.00
18.08.08 – 09.30, 15.30, 21.30, 03.30
21.08.08 – 15.30, 21.30, 03.30
25.08.08 – 07.30, 13.30, 17.30, 01.30
28.08.08 – 07.30, 13.30, 17.30, 01.30

This is only the initial run. The Community Channel have stated that Facing Forward will be aired many more times in the future.

“Facing Forward” to be shown on the Community Channel

The film, Facing Forward, which PFP made in Rwanda, in conjunction with the youth charity rYico, has been selected by the Community Channel and will shortly be appearing on television in the UK.

It is scheduled at the following times on Sky 539 and Virgin TV 233 (24 hours x 7 days-a-week) and Freeview 87 (daily 06.00 – 09.00):

01.07.08 – 21.00
04.07.08 – 09.00, 13.00, 17.00, 21.00, 01.00, 05.00
18.08.08 – 09.30, 15.30, 21.30, 03.30
21.08.08 – 15.30, 21.30, 03.30
25.08.08 – 07.30, 13.30, 17.30, 01.30
28.08.08 – 07.30, 13.30, 17.30, 01.30

This is only the initial run. The Community Channel have stated that Facing Forward will be aired many more times in the future.

Purple Field Productions AGM 2007-2008

Purple Field Productions (PFP)  held it’s first Annual General Meeting at the GLADE Centre, Frog Lane, Ilminster on Friday 6 June 2008.

Following the Report from the Chair and the Treasurer’s Report, an introduction to the work of the charity was provided by three very different speakers, each talking from their own perspective.

Trustee Alex Richardson showed trailers of all the films made by PFP so far and talked about how the Organisation had built on the experience gained in order to further develop it’s work on behalf of marginalised people in each of the countries concerned.

Another Trustee, Liz Timms described what is had been like to goi out as a “gofer” with the PFP team in Malawi. Among her more amusing experiences was that of being suddenly required to drive the only vehicle in the village and, on being left stranded a strange place with no roads, finding herself invaded by a crowd of children determined to get a lift!

PFP filmmaking volunteer, Martin Coyne gave a presentation involving a selection of incredible still photographs which he had taken on location in Malawi – including two which have been selected for the Royal West of England Academy Exhibition in Bristol.

In answer to a question from the floor, both Liz and Martin agreed that they would most certainly jump at going on a similar expedition again.

The Meeting ended with Peter Lansdown, the Friends Co-ordinator, launching “Friends of PFP”. Anyone interested in joining this support group, and helping PFP continue it’s much needed work in some of the poorest countries of the world, can find out more by emailing PFP at  contactus@purplefieldproductions.org

For the full Report from the Chair, please click here,

For the Annual Report, including accounts, click here.

First diary entry for the filmmaking project at rYico's Centre Marembo

Muraho!

Welcome to the first diary entry for the filmmaking project at rYico’s Centre Marembo in Kigali.

The project is taking place in two stages. Stage One involves training a group of volunteers in filmmaking and editing. Stage 2 involves mentoring those trainers as they train a group of young people in filmmaking who access the Centre Marembo. The aim is to create a youth film group who can produce educational videos in Kinyarwanda on Rwandan youth issues, thus initiating a multi media resource library for young people who live on the streets of Kigali.

Theo, Didier, Josline, Jean Paul and David our are talented and enthusiastic trainers, who meet Monday – Thursday to train. The group have varying skills and abilities in filmmaking. From no experience of using cameras and editing software to individuals who have made wedding videos and who use graphic design packages. All the trainers have expressed a mutual desire to support and guide each other throughout their training, understanding that they all have different skills and abilities.

The group have started to use the camera kit and tripod, compose different shots and understand the effects that shot types may have on an audience, as well as learning different camera movements. The group are mastering the terminology and communication needed on set to work as a film crew in English, French and Kinyarwanda.

Each morning the group is set a film exercise where they have to plan, script, storyboard, allocate and rotate crew roles and film a scene. This gives them all the experience of using the camera, sound equipment, being director and acting! The film exercises also gives the trainers a selection of tasks that they can then use with the young people.

The trainers are such fast learners and because they are so committed to this project we have been able to progress on to planning, researching, storyboarding and filming a documentary on activities that take place at Centre Marembo. Hopefully this will be the first film to enter the Centre Marembo Multi-Media Resource Library.

I am glad to say it has been a fruitful and committed first week. More to follow next week.

Kerry PFP Filmmaker Volunteer

First diary entry for the filmmaking project at rYico’s Centre Marembo

Muraho!

Welcome to the first diary entry for the filmmaking project at rYico’s Centre Marembo in Kigali.

The project is taking place in two stages. Stage One involves training a group of volunteers in filmmaking and editing. Stage 2 involves mentoring those trainers as they train a group of young people in filmmaking who access the Centre Marembo. The aim is to create a youth film group who can produce educational videos in Kinyarwanda on Rwandan youth issues, thus initiating a multi media resource library for young people who live on the streets of Kigali.

Theo, Didier, Josline, Jean Paul and David our are talented and enthusiastic trainers, who meet Monday – Thursday to train. The group have varying skills and abilities in filmmaking. From no experience of using cameras and editing software to individuals who have made wedding videos and who use graphic design packages. All the trainers have expressed a mutual desire to support and guide each other throughout their training, understanding that they all have different skills and abilities.

The group have started to use the camera kit and tripod, compose different shots and understand the effects that shot types may have on an audience, as well as learning different camera movements. The group are mastering the terminology and communication needed on set to work as a film crew in English, French and Kinyarwanda.

Each morning the group is set a film exercise where they have to plan, script, storyboard, allocate and rotate crew roles and film a scene. This gives them all the experience of using the camera, sound equipment, being director and acting! The film exercises also gives the trainers a selection of tasks that they can then use with the young people.

The trainers are such fast learners and because they are so committed to this project we have been able to progress on to planning, researching, storyboarding and filming a documentary on activities that take place at Centre Marembo. Hopefully this will be the first film to enter the Centre Marembo Multi-Media Resource Library.

I am glad to say it has been a fruitful and committed first week. More to follow next week.

Kerry PFP Filmmaker Volunteer