Offering media skills to enhance chances of employment. This is partly true. But more importantly, training local crews transfers and develops skills so that more educational films can be made in that country. So it's first and foremost a way of increasing the potential of local filmmakers to develop their own educational films for their communities. Also in doing so we are enhancing their employment chances and their incomes.We have worked with three groups so far - in Bangladesh, Rwanda & Sierra Leone.
The Wheelchair Users' Film Group
The group was set up in 2005 in association with the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed. Training was provided for seven people enabling them to make their own videos & films for educational and awareness raising purposes.
The group provided a much needed platform to increase awareness and understanding about disability. In 2008 training resulted in the group forming the production crew for the PFP documentary "Steps, No! Ramps, Yes!" shown on national TV and selected for film festivals.
"The members of the group were highly enthusiastic about their project, which will give them fresh skills and develop their potenial." The Daily Star, Dhaka. March 2007
Future View Film Group
An inspiring group of young people aged 17 - 25 year olds who are incredibly enthusiastic about film and its use in the community. When we first met them in 2011 they had no equipment but plenty of ideas and huge amounts of self-motivation. Their love of film and their community is what drew us to them. We sent trainers out in 2012 before the ebola outbreak and since then we have continued to support them with internet workshops - when the internet allows. It is not perfect but Future View Film Group embody so much of what Purple Field productions is about - empowering people to help themselves and the world around them.
Their music video - Ebola Is Real - was designed to help people cope with fears and the video caught the eye of HRH Prince William in 2014.
Where possible, PFP uses local film makers to direct the films and local assistants to support the production. Sometimes this is not possible and a PFP director will work alongside the community production team. We believe it is our duty to help develop the film skills of local filmmakers in camera operation, editing, scriptwriting, interview techniques, drama production so that they are able to produce their own educational films for their communities.