What do art and music have to do with life stories and dating?, June-September 2019

‘What do art and music have to do with life stories and dating?’ was a 12-week filmmaking workshop led by Jemma Cullen for and with the GOLD group at East Kent Mencap as well as users of the Margate Adult Education Centre. The workshop tookparticipants through the entire process of making a film. It finished with a screening of the film in a local cinema and an awards ceremony.

‘What do art and music have to do with life stories and dating?’ took place every Wednesday, 10am–1pm, from 26 June to 11 September 2019 at Open School East, Adult Education Centre, Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1PF.

This short course was conceived with members of East Kent Mencap’s GOLD (Getting on with Learning Difficulties) group, following a discussion on how Open School East and East Kent Mencap could best collaborate. GOLD members talked about their desire to develop filmmaking skills and to give visibility to their stories and talents. This discussion led to the development of a 12-week workshop under the direction of artist and OSE Associate Jemma Cullen. The various sessions invite different specialists in the fields of film-directing, editing, prop-making, scriptwriting and storyboarding, all of whom are also OSE Associates. These are: Rosie Carr, Elouise Farley, Rhona Foster and Holly Hunter.

East Kent Mencap kindly put together a behind the scenes video which can be viewed below.


Wednesday 26 June 2019
Introductory session and mapping out the project.

Wednesday 3 July 2019
Glossary of production words.
Introduction to camera skills and to camera shots.

Wednesday 10 July 2019
Introduction to roles within film crew.
Storyboarding session.

Wednesday 17 July 2019
Self-allocation of roles and creation of subgroups.
Scriptwriting session.

Wednesday 24 July 2019
Resume work on storyboard and script.
Directing and production design sessions in subgroups.

Wednesday 31 July 2019
Making session 1 – set, costumes, props.

Wednesday 7 August 2019
Making session 2 – set, costumes, props.

Wednesday 14 August 2019
Film shoot 1 – indoors.

Wednesday 21 August 2019
Film shoot 2 – outdoors.

Wednesday 28 August 2019
Watch first cut together, give notes to editors.

Wednesday 4 September 2019
Screening of the premiere at the cinema (location tbc).

Wednesday 11 September 2019
Feedback and evaluation.
‘Oscars’ ceremony.

OSE wishes to thank Sue and Suz at East Kent Mencap, and Kent County Council and the Big Lottery, for supporting the project.