The deadline for applying to this year's intake for Constant Pictures is now 25th October. We're still accepting applications for budding filmmakers to work with us on real commissions. As well as documentary filmmaking and promos we will be focussing on VJ-ing and video installation for key events leading up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Apply via the A New Direction website.
For the third year running we've been commissioned to continue supporting and up-skilling our young filmmakers, Constant Pictures. A New Direction are now recruiting young creatives to join Headstart, their year-long leadership programme that helps 15-25 year olds learn about, and shape the culture of their city. Constant Pictures are the filmmaking arm of Headstart. Check out the trailer that we made above.
We're looking forward to working with some fresh young filmmaking talent in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games which will provide some exciting opportunities. Get involved! Apply online here.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be supporting our young filmmakers Constant Pictures film the final stages of their commission from Westfield Stratford City. The new shopping centre is set to open on 13th September. Preview the newly commissioned uniforms by fashion designer Julian J Smith in the film above and find out more about what inspires him here.
We are supporting the young filmmakers to document the winners of the Westfield Studio East Competition. It has involved them interviewing Mary Portas and winners selected by Tracey Emin and designer Tom Dixon. Stage three filming starts next week when we film the installation of Lee Broom's specially commissioned lighting at the new shopping centre in Stratford which opens in September.
We have two of our films currently screening at London's Southbank Centre. To mark the anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain, the Royal Festival Hall invited 42 schools across the UK to submit work for a pavilion showcasing the work of Schools of Creativity. A similar schools pavilion formed part of the original 1951 show.
Over the last three years we have worked with two of Creative Partnerships' Schools of Creativity, Islington Arts and Media School [IAMS] and Thomas Tallis School who have won the £3500 Cassio prize for the best exhibit in the show - so a BIG congratulations to them! Learn more about their story here.
Our short film Lotus that premiered at this year's Cannes film festival was shortlisted in the G-Technology film competition. The film screened last week in galleries in London, Paris and Berlin. See the shortlist here
Ahead of the grand opening at Westfield Stratford City our young filmmakers, Constant Pictures filmed the concierge staff being fitted with their specially commissioned uniforms by fashion designer Julian J Smith. Director Eugene Osei said 'I'd be happy to walk out in one of those suits, they look good'. Constant Pictures have been following the East London designer's journey through the commission process. Find out more about it here.
This week Constant Pictures shot an interview with product designer Lee Broom [above] as his specially commissioned lights were installed at the new Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London. Inspired by jewelry and re-appropriating fairground light bulbs, the lights add a unique touch to the retail centre which opens next month. Find out more about the Westfield Studio East commission here.
Photo by Alexander Hannon
Constant Pictures recently fought off the rain at this year's Shoreditch Festival. Commissioned by A New Direction to document some of the events organised by Create Programmers they filmed table tennis, capoeira and a photography exhibition that ran alongside the canal by their colleagues Photo Posse.
Yes, this week we made FIVE films in ONE day! Whilst on a Creativity Quest [something like a treasure hunt with lots of creative challenges], over 200 young people were exploring the Olympic Host Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Greenwich. Groups sent back video footage and e.mailed photos to us so we could include them in a series of 1 minute films about each borough. The young contributors re-grouped at the end if the day to watch the edited films. Everyone was very happy with the results and our fast turn around which we now have finely honed! Watch the Hackney film below.