The Film Makers Club, based in Flixton, Trafford, has been teaching people in the area about filmmaking.
The Film Makers Club teaches young people new skills relating to filmmaking activities such as brainstorming, research, creating storyboards, filming tips, lighting and audio, as well as practising interview techniques.
The clubs are hosted Lydia Fernandez-Arias and her team at Luxson. The team uses their skills to teach young people these new skills for free at The Fuse, a community hub based in Trafford.
One young participant, Hannah aged 15, said: “I have benefited lots from attending ‘The Film Makers Club’. I aspire to work in the media or filmmaking industry in the future and going to the Film Makers Club allowed me to learn more about making films, to acquire new skills by using professional equipment and to have fun, therefore becoming even more enthusiastic about film making!
“Using the cameras, creating story-boards and interviewing people gave me a perspective of the different aspects of film making and I realised what my favourite aspects were. After the ‘The Film Makers Club’ I did my GCSE work experience at Luxson and I believe that my experience from the club gave me some background knowledge and a basis for the work I produced during the work experience.”
Hannah has since achieved an A* grade in her Media Studies GCSE and has gone on to study Media, Film, Photography and English Literature at Salford City College.
Building self-confidence and improving the skills of people in communities is what community groups and projects are all about. People like Hannah are in community groups every week thanks to volunteers across Greater Manchester.
To see the great films the Film Makers Club creates take a look at the group’s YouTube channel.