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Village Screen



Young people led film making and screening project about village life across generations.

A Social practice and Video project.

Teignbridge, Devon
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After working in villages across rural Teignbridge in Devon between 2004-06 with our VANLAND project, we knew there were some young people who had been involved in our film making workshops that would like to have another go at something more in depth. One of the key themes of our VANLAND experience was communication across generations in rural Teignbridge – the perception of what young people get up to seemed to be very different to what they were actually doing. Our proposal to Mediabox was a four stage project:

For young people to interview older people in the district and make a documentary about what they used to get up to when they were young.

For the young people involved to use this research to make a fictional short film, written with Peter Snelling with a cast of young and older people.

To plan, shoot and edit a music video with a local young band.

To support young people across the district organise screenings of these and other short films made in the district in the places they like to hang out.

Only 15% of Mediabox applications were funded, and we had a great time developing and shooting these films with the young people involved…. and watching them on big screens across the region.

Developed and facilitated by Cat Radford, Volkhardt Müller and Paula Crutchlow with scriptwriter Peter Snelling and associate artist Tim Dollimore. Produced with the help of Rae Hoole (Coombeshead College) and Celia Hadow (Teignbridge District Council).
With many thanks to the youth leaders at Chudleigh Youth Millenium Centre and Kingsteignton Youth Club.
Produced in partnership with Teignbridge District Council and Coombeshead College. Financially supported by Mediabox funded by the Department for Education and Skills the project was part funded by the European Union, DEFRA and Teignbridge Rural Regeneration Partnership.
  • 17th March 2007 Editing with Final Cut Pro for young people, Exeter Phoenix
  • 24th March 2007 Screenwriting with Peter Snelling, Teigngrace Village Hall, 10-6pm
  • 26th June – 3rd August 2007  Crossed Lines shoot, rural Teignbridge
  • 18th September-12th November 2007 Funkenstein – music video shoot and post production, Chudleigh
  • 19th September-3rd November Crossed Lines post production workshops. Teigngrace Village Hall
  • 26th November 2007 Village Screen 1. Bovey Tracey Methodist Church Hall, Fore Street. 7pm
  • 27th November 2007 Village Screen 2. The Lawn Bandstand, Dawlish in collaboration with WASProject. 7pm start. Dress for the Weather!
  • 27th November 2007 Village Screen 3. Kingsteignton Youth Centre with the support of Devon Youth Service. 6.30pm-8.30pm starting every 20 minutes.
  • 28th November 2007 Village Screen 4. An adventurous outdoor screening of digital shorts and animation presented by WASProject. 7pm start. Hensford Farm nr Dawlish. Minibus seat leaving 6.30pm Dawlish train station.
  • 1st December 2007 Village Screen 5. An afternoon gig and film screening with local bands including Start Me Up. Presented with the support of Devon Youth Service. 1-4pm Chudleigh Youth Millenium Centre.
  • 6th December 2007 Screening of Crossed Lines, Funkenstein and The Bridesmaid  at Two Short Nights Film Festival, Exeter Phoenix. Director Felek Werpachovski aged 15 picks up the audience award for best young person’s film.
  • December 2007 Start Me Up! the young band featured in Funkenstein get through to the finals of the Battle of the Bands South West U18.
  • 29th-31st May 2008 Funkenstein screening at  The Glove Factory, Appledore Visual Art’s Festival, Appledore, North Devon.