An aspiring Director of Photography

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Since April we have been working on a film project that is funded by Into Film.  The brief was to get young people to come up with a film idea and then create it.   The result is a modern day retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story, called “Two Kids Lost” We are now in post production and the film will premiere at The Courtyard in September.  Michael is a key person in the film and here is some of his story.

For the last few months I have been involved with the process of storyboarding the film with a number of young people in Hereford, poem sessions with a famous UK based poet called Joelle Taylor, location scouting and working with a UK acclaimed film director, Lisle Turner who has had his films well reviewed by Mark Kermode. From start to finish this whole film was great fun to work on, meeting new people in the film industry and final trying out my cinematography skills in a professional environment.

My main role when making the film was director of photography. This involved practising all of the film shots on location before shooting the film to get an idea of what shots we wanted in the final film and what shots worked and didn’t work. Many lenses and a few different types of film cameras were used in the process and in the final film, as each one of the several cameras used all have there own perks and reasons for using them such as higher frame rates or recording in 4K (Ultra High Definition).

The film shoot was done in a short time frame as many actors and film crew members couldn’t get time off work or were not available for the shoot days, which meant we shot the whole film in 4 long days, two of which were the hottest days of the year. Ignoring the incredible heat, the filming was great fun – moving all over Herefordshire filming in some amazing location and generally having fun with the crew and actors.

This was definitely an experience I would love to relive again and would highly recommend it to other people even if it just running on a film set or just helping with the initial ideas for the film.

Many thanks to MediaShypp and the Director, Toni Cook.

By Michael Bashir-White


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Over the last year SHYPP have helped me in finding accommodation, managing money and helping me to find a purpose in life. They and their media team have trigger my creative ambitions once again. MediaSHYPP, and their team of creative professionals have shown me the real photographic and cinema-graphic industry’s, giving me the experience in working with short films and photo-shoots and travelling around the West Midlands.

Becoming homeless, like a lot of young people today I didn’t realize I wasn’t doing the things that I used to enjoy and when I tried I couldn’t stay concentrated and wasn’t engaged. Not realising that this was even happening I joined mediaShypp and started an Arts Award by Trinity College London and within a few short weeks I started to pursue photography again.

The atmosphere and calmness of the sessions make you feel welcome whatever your circumstances, you can work at your own pace, doing your own projects with as little of as much help as you want or need.

After months of no photography, I found myself surrounded in an art gallery staring at my own work, being asked for prints and being offered commissioned photography jobs.

One thing led to another and I started to reapply to university which I had refused to do up to this point. Building and creating two portfolios of most recent and best work. I attended two university’s and their interviews. Then completely unexpectedly I was offered an unconditional offer surprising myself, family and friends.

The course that’ll i’ll be studying this fall is Marine and Natural History Photography in Falmouth. What this course means to me is that ill be able to study at my dream university, and the course I’ve wanted for the last 3 years. By doing this it will help me to pursue and accomplish my future career working globally with wildlife conservations and film companies.

A genuine thank you to Kie and Richard from MediaSHYPP and SHYPP staff for all of their support, help and kindness they have given me over the last year.

#Hashtag Anti Bullying Film

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IMG_2240Currently we have been working on a short anti-bulling film with MediaSHYPP. For the last few weeks a small team of young people and the MediaSHYPP staff have been working on a narrative and storyboard for the film. Over the period of the those few weeks the story has changed in many different ways, with help from some professionals in the media industry we collectively developed a finished screenplay for our film and started filming.

With regards to locations of the film, we decided to film Ledbury market theatre as we wanted an artistic representation of social media including vintage ways of accessing social media and the internet and the use of theatre seats to represent an audience watching the film. We had use of a fog machine to aid with the eerie visual of a person being connected to the internet, it is a very effective way of creating such an atmosphere with little effort.

The next thing to do is for us to record the voice overs to go with the bits that we have so far filmed. We also have some more filming to do for the last section of our short film.

Watch this space! Our short film will hopefully be screened near you, so keep your eyes peeled for any more posts on this…