Purple Field Productions have been working with Future View Film Group since early 2013 developing their film making techniques and supporting the group in its productions of new, educational films for the benefit of Sierra Leonean communities.
Throughout the Ebola crisis and following the annoucement by the World Health Organisation declaring Sierra Leone Ebola free, Future View Film Group have remained committed to providing their communities with vital life saving advice and information through educational films and music videos.
Purple Field Productions had planned to build on training provided to members of the Future View Film Group in January 2014 by sending a film trainer out to work with the group in the autumn of 2014. However with the outbreak of Ebola our plans had to be postponed and an alternative distance learning training programme was devised by a PFP Associate Producer using online and skype tutorials for the trainees to follow.
This training not only enhanced the skills of the members but it also provided a much needed distraction and morale boost to the group during this very difficult period.
Summary of Achievements to Date
– We had planned to send a film trainer out to Sierra Leone in the autumn of 2014 to continue with our training programme for the group however these plans had to be postponed and instead we set up an online script writing course with tutorials delivered via skype. Not only did this enhance the skills of the members in this area but it provided a much needed distraction and morale boost for the group.
– At the outbreak of the Ebola crisis Future View Film Group completed and released their first music video ‘Ebola is Real’ in August 2015 – a film aimed at combating the spread of Ebola and encouraging safe practices and encourages them to listen to suggested and necessary precautions from the health authorities .This video became part of the Ministry of Healths education programme.
– Completion of second music video ‘Zero Stigma for Survivors’ aimed at addressing the stigmatisation survivors face from their communities and convincing them that their behaviour is wrong.
– Distribution of both music videos throughout Sierra Leone both on national TV and on through local video shacks in towns and villages around the country.
– Completion of a three month training programme covering film making and sound recording, script writing skills, and editing training.
– Developed the winning entry from the script writing competition into final script for the Ebola the Invisible Enemy short drama production.
– Commenced production of Ebola is the Invisible Enemy in December 2015. based on their own experiences and specifically designed to remind their audience of the steps they must follow to prevent any future outbreak turning into an epidemic. This is an incredibly moving story, and one likely to have a powerful and very important impact on all who see it.
Following the completion of their latest production, FVFG plan to distribute this educational film about Ebola prevention and treatment using a solar powered back pack cinema kit carrying out screenings in communities across the country. A UK representative will take one of our latest solar powered cinema kits out to Sierra Leone in February 2016 and spend time with the group training them in the use of the kit and developing a distribution strategy. The provision of this much needed distriution kit will provide FVFG with the means to distribute and screen their films to thousands of people living in disadvantaged communities in Sierra Leone giving them access to vital health information about a range of issues, empowering them with knowledge and allowing them the opportunity to make informed decisions.
In October 2014 we had intended to send a film trainer out to continue with training the members of the Future View Film Group, a group of trainee film makers living in Makeni, Sierra Leone. However as a result of the Ebola crisis these plans were postponed. Instead Sam Liebmann, PFP Associate Producer, set up an online script writing course for the group to follow with tutorials delivered via Skype. This not only enhanced the skills of the members but also provided a much needed distraction and morale boost during this difficult time.
This training programme concluded in a script writing competition focusing on the issues surrounding Ebola, and it is planned that PFP will support FVFG in turning the winner into a film with production starting in late 2015.
We are extremely proud of Future View Film Group who showed enormous courage and strength throughout this crisis reaching out to support their communities in many ways. With PFP support and finance they produced two music videos; the first, ‘Ebola is Real’, released at the start of the Ebola outbreak, aimed at encouraging cooperation with the health authorities in the face of the Ebola epidemic, and to indicate the steps that people could take to help protect themselves from the disease. The group did a great job, completing a powerful production in just three weeks. They managed to secure screening at a national level and this proved so successful that it even caught the attention of Prince William who himself produced a short clip endorsing his support for FVFG and their music video. The second video they made, ‘Zero Stigma for Survivors’ released in March 2015, addressed the stigma that survivors face when returning to their communities. This again has reached audiences nationally and successfully achieved its objective of changing attitudes and behaviour from within communities.
We were also able to ship out some extra training equipment for use by the group – one laptop for editing, external hard drive, shotgun microphone, three small Sony handycams and some tapes thus enabling the group to carry out editing work and training without having to make the journey to Freetown.
Whilst the Ebola crisis was at its peak the situation was very desperate for all our trainees and very sadly two of the group’s members died as a result of Ebola in December 2014. However through the generosity of all of our supporters and our crowd fundraising appeal we were able provide much needed funds to support the group with additional food, hygiene and mobile-phone communication at this time. It was only through this overwhelming response that we were able to offer this support and we are enormously grateful to everybody who made this possible.
We hereby give notice of our 2015 Annual General Meeting taking place in The Minster Rooms, Court Barton ,Ilminster TA19 0DU on Wednesday 21st October at 7.15pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm.
Following on from the AGM there will be a short interval before we demonstrate our mobile solar powered back pack cinema kit. We will then be screening our latest film ‘The Unknown’ – a cerebral palsy drama set in Kenya highlighting the problems and issues children and their families face in their communities. We hope to be able to close the evening at 9.45pm.
We look forward to seeing you there and sharing our latest production with you as well as updating you on our work over the past year and our plans for the year ahead.
17/8, chamama with dream org
18/8, vitstuto with buildon org
19/8, kaperula with kaperula youth org
20/8, mdoni with kaperula org
22/8, kayesa with philadephila CBO,
24/8, office work
25/8, bua@k20000 with miracle org
26/8,chinkhoma@k16 000 with miracle
27/8, mawawa@k16 with Lucaso
28/8, chisings@k19 500 with chisings CBO,
31/8,kadifula@ k17 000 with good health org.
Organisation: ? 130 people with 50% men, 30% women and 20 children.
Organisation : chikondi CBO Approximately number; 250 men 60%, women 20% and children 20%.
Attendance : 90 with men 70%, women and children 15% respectively
Report from Fraser McFadyen – UK Representative
Our screenings are well underway and during the past two weeks we have undertaken 16 screenings to audiences in excess of 2000. We have also been able to carry out a thorough testing on the solar powered mobile cinema kit – it has performed extremely well keeping up with our busy schedule.
The PFP agriculture films have gone down particularly well in the farming communities where they are clearly inspired and motivated to get on and try out some of the methods highlighted in the films.
The training period is also now coming to an end I’m so pleased to say that we ended this on a real high note. The last two screenings went especially well, and the one in Gogode village was one of the most memorable of the trip. Audience response to the film is always lively and warm, but in this case it was especially so; they really seemed to connect with it. Everything went so well, and we even seemed to manage to hang the screen flatter than usual, and the sound seemed louder. The partner organisation was Build On who are keen to arrange additional screenings at their other centres.
Alfred and Gentry are now fully trained and will continue with the screening programme when I leave them later this week to meet up with Jonathan Mbuna, Malawi Representative in Lilongwe where we will work together on further film distribution plans for Malawi.