Case Studies

At First Light we like to give you as much inspiration and ideas as possible to make your filmmaking project as successful and professional as it can be.

We’ve spoken to a number of our filmmakers over the years and developed case studies so you can see the pit falls and joys of participatory filmmaking.

Have a look at the attachments to the right for some ideas of best practice.

The case studies also take a look at the effect that filmmaking activites can have on young people’s lives, often helping them develop communication skills and confidence.

Silent Scream was made by a group of brave young women from Bristol who examine the contentious practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The making of the film has had a profound effect upon them and their community.

Until My Heart’s, Like Finished was made by a group of 12 young people aged 16 to 19 staying at Bridgwater YMCA. Through the project the young people were able to reflect on their lives and take control by editing their own stories. This has helped many of them come to terms with their difficult pasts.

The Pirate and the Mermaid download looks at Arpeggio Films who made a film with students at Beacon Hill Sixth Form College in South Shields.

Flukey Finn was a film made by the National Deaf Children’s Society in Belfast. Find out about their project by downloading the attachment.