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Poetry and film events for January

In Community, film, poetry on January 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Firstly we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in running workshops with us or getting involved in this collection’s huge community project with ALP and Tollcross Community Centre. We’re happy to say that we’ve had some brilliant proposals and we’re now ready to unveil some of the events we’ll be running during our stay at the Centre. Coming up before the end of January…

FILM FACTORY: free all-day filmmaking workshops with Austin Muirhead
Friday 21st January
Monday 31st January
12:00 — 20:00 FREE! Booking required

Make films? Looking for a new film project? Always wanted to make films but never knew how? Come along to a FREE all-day film workshop, and learn the rules of film and how to break them. Hosted by Austin Muirhead, Canadian born technical director of The Gulf Islands Film and Television Film School.
Please bring yourself, your camera/cables (no fancy tech necessary), your laptop if you can, and make your own arrangements for lunch, etc.
Interested? Places are limited so please email film@thiscollection.org to reserve your spot!

FILM SCREENING & COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY
Wednesday 26th January
16:00 — 18:00 (screening), 18:00 — 20:00 (assembly)
FREE! and BYOB
A free showing of some of this collection’s amassed short films, followed by a free and open community assembly. Come and talk to us about Edinburgh’s artistic and creative community — what are you involved in? What would you like to see happening in the city? How can this collection help? Come and find out more about our project, pitch us your ideas, plug your event, show us your work, meet likeminded people and tell us about cool stuff we should know about. Very informal — all welcome. Bring friends, and BYOB.

POETRY WORKSHOPS: PAGE VS STAGE

POETRY FOR THE PAGE: OPEN WORKSHOP
Friday 28th January
16:00 — 17:30 FREE! Booking required

An open poetry workshop with Claire Askew, poet, Editor in Chief of Read This Magazine, Lecturer in Literature and Communications at Edinburgh’s Telford College and Tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Bring up to three poems for discussion, contructive feedback, hints and tips from a small and friendly group. All welcome — no prior workshopping experience necessary!
Interested? Places are limited so please email poetry@thiscollection.org to reserve your spot!

POETRY FOR THE STAGE: WRITING OUT LOUD
Friday 28th January
18:00 — 20:00 FREE! Booking required

Stick around after Claire’s page workshop and find out how to adapt one of your poems for the stage. Alternatively, come along fresh and learn all about the finer points of performance. Hosted by Harry Giles, writer, theatre director, founder and co-ordinator of Inky Fingers and multiple-award-winning slam poet. All welcome, no experience necessary — just bring yourself, and a poem!
Interested? Places are limited so please email poetry@thiscollection.org to reserve your spot!

All events take place at: The Art Room, Tollcross Community Centre (next to Tollcross Primary School), Fountainbridge
Free tea and coffee will be provided at all events.

WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN EVENT?
We want to hear from anyone who wants to run their own workshop, host a meeting, screen films, exhibit art, put on a play, dance, sculpt or do anything else creative in our space. No proposal is too big, too small, or too strange. For more details visit http://bit.ly/dXqlS7 or email film@thiscollection.org

We hope to see some of you there!

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this collection & Tollcross Community Centre: call for pitches!

In Community, film, poetry on December 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Edinburgh's Barclay Kirk from a wet bus

this collection are teaming up with the fantastic Tollcross Community Centre and their Adult Learning Programme, and throughout Spring 2011, we’ll have access to the centre’s space and resources for three days of every working week. We’re hoping that we can fill this time with exciting collaborative opportunities, providing a space for artists of all walks of life to come together to create and discuss under the umbrella of this collection.

And that’s where YOU come in. We are throwing open the doors to allow access to anyone who’d like to join us in organizing an activity for local artists and/or writers. We’re looking for people to:

— host workshops in anything from creative writing to sculpture
— lead meetings, panels or discussions in the space
— host and co-ordinate events (remember our poet/filmmaker speed-dating?)
— give readings, performances or recitals in the space
— use the space for anything and anything artistic, collaborative and creative!

What’re the conditions? We don’t ask for much in return. Only…

— that your event MUST be inspired by or related to the this collection project
(e.g. you could give a masterclass on writing poems of 100 words or less, host a filmmaking workshop to adapt some of our poems, get together and discuss the concept of community collaboration, etc)

Interested? We’re looking for suggestions, proposals and pitches, and nothing is too small, too big, too weird or too ordinary. If there’s something you think you’d like to organise and you like the sound of a totally free space, get in touch!

Stuff to bear in mind:

— your event can be one-off, or one of a series. Let us know what you’re planning, and we’ll do our best to accomodate you.
— some materials/resources we may be able to provide; others you may have to bring yourself. Again, let us know.
— the space is available from 10am to 8.45pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Want to use the whole day? No problem. Just want an hour or two? No problem. We can be flexible!
— the space is ours to use until at least the end of March, so if you’re busy for the next little while but still fancy doing something, fear not! We can fit you in!

Basically the message is, if you’re interested, GET IN TOUCH! We’d love to hear from you. We’re hoping to gather as many proposals as possible before the space is opened up to us, so if you’d like to be involved, drop us an informal line by 15th January and let us know what you’d like to do.

film@thiscollection.org
film@thiscollection.org
film@thiscollection.org

Get thinking, get emailing, and have a fantastic New Year!

PS: we will also be holding community meet-ups in the space on Friday nights, as of the middle of January — more on this soon! So if you want to talk to us about your thoughts for the project rather than emailing, drop us a line and we’ll let you know more!

PPS: A few T&Cs before we go…

this collection and the Tollcross Community Centre ask:
— that you take responsibility for the majority of the organisation and promotion of your event. this collection is anti-curatorial, which means we won’t do any of the tricky stuff for you, like making sure that people show up! We will, however, happily plug your event as widely as possible, put you in touch with helpful people if we know of any, and provide resources if we have them to hand.
— that, if you need to cancel your event for any reason, you let us and the venue know as soon as you possibly can, so we can try and give someone else your spot
— that you’ll credit any references to this collection in work that comes out of your time in the centre
— that you’ll allow the this collection crew to attend, promote, talk about and document your event if we want to
— that all work produced at your event is produced under creative commons (i.e. the artist retains the right to their work, but the work can be shown/referred to by this collection with their permission and with due credits)

(Photo by allybeag)

this collection: FREE all-day filmmaking workshops!

In film on February 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

ROUND 2: DING DING
Fancy making a short film? Always wanted to try it but never knew how? Ever wondered if you could make a film using your mobile phone? Want to help us make our 100 poetry/film collaborations?

If you’re nodding right now, then good news — we can help! We’re on the lookout for budding filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience to help us adapt our 100 poems into 100 short films. In order to help you become part of the project, we’re running a series of FREE all-day filmmaking workshops in and around Edinburgh.

this collection wants to attract filmmakers from all walks of life — from experienced directors will Hollywood aspirations to those of you who’ve never got behind the camera before in your lives. We want our selection of films to be as wide and diverse as the city they celebrate, which is why we’re offering YOU a chance to make a short film for us.

Our FREE workshops aim to take you from absolutely nothing to a completed short film in the space just one day. Run by our experienced film co-ordinator Stefanie Tan, you’ll learn everything from the absolute basics of putting together your shots right through to editing your final short together. Stefa will show you how to make the most of the tech you’ve got (whether that’s a van-load of super-hi-tech equipment or just a phone with a video camera function), and give hints and tips on the best way to adapt your chosen poem. You’ll get the chance to go out and shoot your footage, and then learn how to edit it all together to make your film complete.

You don’t need any previous filmmaking experience, but if you have some, you can still come along — everyone’s welcome. You don’t need any fancy tech — again, just bring whatever you have and we’ll teach you how to use it to its full potential. You don’t have to come alone — if you have friends who are also interested in filmmaking, or if you want to work with a team, the more the merrier!

The second run of workshops will take place at Forest Cafe’s Upper Hall on 10th of April from 10am – 7pm. We are still waiting on confirmation in other venues but will keep you posted.
The workshops are totally FREE but we recommend bringing your own equipment ANY kind of camera device you may have, laptop if you have one and all relevant cables. Also please bring your own lunch (and snacks!) with you. Spaces are limited so if you’re interested in getting involved, drop us a line to film@thiscollection.com — we’ll also be able to help if you have questions or need more info!

Got a particular poem you want to adapt? Let us know in your email. If you want to get some ideas, you can check out all the poems on offer right here.

Can’t make these dates? Don’t worry — we’re hoping to run further workshops in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space!

Hope to see you there,

Claire & Stefa

Facilitator
Stefanie Tan is a University of Edinburgh first class honors graduate in English Literature with a Masters in Science in Design and Digital Media. She was an educator for 6 years, English, Literature, Drama and Philosophy. Tan has produced award winning collaborative youth films for public exhibition, notably THE SECRET OF HAPPY CHILDREN, creative video reflections on what school and home mean to 5 youth (Silver, Student Video Awards); and produced several award winning 24 hour film competition submissions. She has recently published a chapter about nurturing creative communities by employing digital video in the classroom. She has produced and edited trailers and sponsor segments for Television as an On Air Producer. She also exhibited and designed an installation art project: ATTENTION: an experimental film edited purely by eye-tracking technology. Her latest short film TROPHY 2009 was made in Canada and received at 3 international film festivals& a Rising Star Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver 2010. She currently is a SORSAS funded PhD student at the Glasgow School of Art researching collective creativity and open microcommunity setups.