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What The Guy I See Every Day - From where I stand

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Uploaded on Dec 13, 2011

Maudsley Charity supported the 'From Where I Stand' film project which gave eight young people a chance to make their own short film about life in London.

The project was run by GLUE - an innovative not-for-profit company that engages with young people in their communities to "reinvigorate the public domain and promote participation".

The participants, aged 12 to 15 years, were all contending with challenging life experiences and were not in mainstream education at the time of the project. The aim of the project was to have them work in pairs to produce a short film of their own telling the story of "hard life in London". It was hoped that each of the films would help to challenge negative perceptions of young people.

The group attended workshops and were mentored by writers and directors from Great Monday Films - a film company specialising in shorts, virals, music videos and commercials. They learnt about all aspects of films and filming including storytelling, film genres, special effects and camera techniques. They were then given the opportunity to make a practice film which they chose to be a zombie movie.

The group's four final films used a variety of imaginative filming techniques and included animation, poetry, rap, music and comedy to reflect "hard life in London" through their own distinct creative and personal journeys.

'Toy Soldiers' focused on life as a teenager in London through a rap written and recorded by one of the group. 'Abdul at the Beach' focused on one young man's memories of growing up in Somalia. A third film took only a few hours to make and involved imagining what job a man, that one of the group sees every morning on his way to school, might do for a living. The fourth film sees a young woman recite her poem about living in Peckham and how strangers might view the area.

All four films were premiered at the Adobe Youth Voices festival at the British Film Institute in March 2011

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