Here at NHS R&D North West we recognise the importance of communicating effectively and reaching as wide an audience as possible to ensure that key R&D messages are being heard. Using and making short films is one way of capturing your work and the work of other people and can be disseminated easily and quickly through the internet. However, the cost of paying someone to make a short film can be expensive especially for public sector organisations, academics and researchers.
Starting in 2016 and running for many years, we offered a series of short film workshops to researchers in the North West.
As part of this series, we invited film maker Tom Barrance, Director of Learnaboutfilm who has been working in film education for many years and has been involved in pioneering projects such as Ffilmschool 2, Film in Afan, Film: 21st Century Literacy and Euromeduc, to deliver a one day work shop in Manchester.
iPads and iPhones are great filmmaking devices: you can shoot, create soundtracks and edit on them. The course was designed for people with no filmmaking experience and took them through a complete filmmaking process, starting with a simple brief and covering the process from start to finish.