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Make Film, Make History Film Shoot takes off in London this week

Posted  4 April 2016 in News  
By Liz Robertson
MFMH group in London

Lights, Camera, Action!

The Make Film, Make History participants are meeting in London! The project, led by Imperial War Museums in partnership with Goethe Institute and Greve Museum, Denmark works with young participants (aged 18-25) reflecting on what it means to be young in Europe today, using the Battle of Somme (1916) film as an inspiration point. Following the first residential in Ypres, Belgium in March 2015,  the participants have continued developing their collections’ inspired film ideas through Google Hangout, Skype and Facebook, developing film, marketing and social media skills along the way.

At the start of April, the participants will travel to the Imperial War Museum in London, to shoot their films, watching ideas they have nurtured for a year come to life.  The participants have come a long way, learning about the importance of balancing a historical narrative, the sensitivity of dealing with war as a subject matter, the challenges as well as the opportunities of working with peers from across Europe.

The five short films capture the quintessence of this process, producing all manners of film genres. This includes an animation exploring women’s experiences at each home front to a dramatization exploring a young British man’s motivations for joining war, after finding his grandfather’s diaries from the First World War. One film experiments with interactive film making, creating a film whereby the audience can explore the role of ‘neutral’ Denmark during the First World War.

Although the participants were excited by the historical content of the project, many were keen to relate it back to their own lives today. The ‘First World Problems’ film satirises the ‘problems’ that young people in Europe face today. These ‘problems’ range from using their smartphones too much to feeling hungry, but not having the energy to get out of bed to make a sandwich. Whilst this film is comical in its approach, the more serious issues that Europe faces is explored through the film ‘The Future of Europe,’ which reflects on the current ‘migrant’ crisis capturing public and expert opinions on how this might impact the future of Europe. They are keen to engage a wide range of opinions from informed experts from ‘refugee’ backgrounds to the general public.

The films will be launched digitally on April 27th offering a unique insight for the public into what it means be young in Europe today, a hundred years on from the First World War, and the Battle of Somme.

To find out more, get in touch on makefilm@iwm.org.uk

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