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Kids in Care

Posted by Phil On August - 7 - 2011

Well I’m in the middle of a major edit session.   A 30 minute reality style drama documentary for Bournemouth Council about and with Kids in Care. We‘ve been filming over 6 months and there’s over 500Gbytes of video.


Though not in the original plan, we ended up filming on 3 different cameras and formats, so with Final Cut Pro  I have to wait while the sequences render, so at the moment I have a 5 4 minute wait, so rather than sit, get frustrated and bite my fingernails as I did yesterday, I though it would be more stimulating to write up my blog about the filming experience.

The video is planned to be used for kids coming into Care and to tell them about how the system works, who they will deal with, meetings, reviews, social workers, foster carers …and a whole load of acronyms LAC, IROs, PEPs etc.   (which if you really want to know stand for  Looked after Children, Independent Review Officers and  Personal Education Plans

This is all pretty complex stuff, not best suited for video.  So I came up with the idea of using reality show techniques, that is using a dramatic story structure to get the audience involved.

So the storyline is  …a group of youngsters are called to a imposing office building, where an intimidating entrepreneur and his two assistants set them a task,which they have to complete in 48 hours. So they have to go off to interview a number of people and complete a series of tasks, to see if they will be hired.

Sounds familiar?



So we had Nicky Meany as Sir Alan..sorry Lord Sugar.


…and Sasha Paul and myself as Karen and Nick

apprentice boardroom 2

Nicky was brilliant as ..a rather youthful Sir Alan .  Though it was a long hard day, the kids loved it and the edited video is shaping together well.

Make a film in a day

Posted by Phil On January - 10 - 2011

Having run 3 year BA courses, 10 week, 8 week, 3 week, 2 week and 4 day courses. I thought it might be a challenge to see if I could work with a group of youngsters and see if we could make a film, shoot, edit and put up on Youtube in a single day.

It was funded by RelaysRegional Educational Legacy for Arts & Youth Sport and used the Media Bus from White Lantern.


So this meant we had about  an hour to say hello, 3 hours to shoot and 3 hours to edit.  It’s rough but not bad in the time.

It went well, we got it shot and edited, but there were problems with the file storage system on the Media Bus so the upload to Youtube didn’t happen until a few days later. Here it is.

Screen Academy Summer Schools

Posted by Phil On December - 19 - 2010

For four years I think it was, I ran the Bournemouth Screen Academy Summmer Schools.

These were regarded as the “flagships” of the Bournemouth Screen Academy. We made 40 films and had over a 100 youngsters through the programme.

Screen Academy Summer School 2006 from Phil Peel on Vimeo.

This is a short documentary with behind the scenes filming showing the Bournemouth Screen Academy Summer School in 2006.

We had 30 youngsters and made 6 films in the two weeks.

Here’s one of the films.

Summer Loving from Phil Peel on Vimeo.

One of the films shot during the 2006 Screen Academy Summer School.

Film Talent in Bournemouth: Press release

Posted by Phil On August - 22 - 2006

Young Film Talent Descend on Bournemouth

Producers, directors, sound technicians, lighting specialists and camera supervisors descended on Bournemouth for 2 weeks in August as part of the Bournemouth Screen Academy (BSA) Summer School hosted by the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and Bournemouth University Media School.


The film talent came in the form of 30 15-year old students from 6 schools around Dorset including Kings High School, Bournemouth; Porchester School, Bournemouth; Royal Manor Arts College, Portland; Bishop of Winchester School, Bournemouth; Oakmead School, Bournemouth and St Edwards School, Poole. The students spent an all-inclusive 2 weeks learning all aspects of the film industry, while living in the Halls of Residence at the Institute.

The aim of the BSA Summer School was to introduce students to the opportunities available to them within the film industry, and the courses available within higher education. Funded by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries, the Screen Academy network is endorsed by the UK film industry as providing the best education and skills development for the future workforce at a further, higher and postgraduate level. The courses endorsed by the Bournemouth Screen Academy include BA (Hons) Film Production; BA (Hons) Animation; BA (Hons) Scriptwriting; BA (Hons) Modelmaking for Screen and Stage; MA Post Production; and MA Creative Media Practice.

5-up-groupbeachThe students worked on 6-minute short films from scripts they had written during their Summer Term at school, using a range of equipment including Mini DV cameras to practice on, Standard 16 film on Bolex Cameras and Super 16 on an Arriflex SR2. With the assistance of course leaders, technician tutors and film undergraduates, the students directed professional actors and actresses including Gillian MacGregor, a British actress who will be filming opposite Martin Kemp in a remake of the horror film ‘House on Straw Hill’. She commented “It’s great working with the children – They are very serious about their films and aren’t afraid to tell us exactly what they want from us.” And while the days were spent filming on location around Dorset, the student’s evenings were filled with energetic activities including rock-climbing, volleyball and theatre visits.

The end result of the 2 weeks was a premiere to rival that of Hollywood. Attended by both the Mayor of Poole and the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, the films were screened in front of an invited audience, who spoke highly of the talented new filmmakers. Phil Peel, Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Film Production course at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth was instrumental throughout the 2 weeks teaching the students everything they needed to know for professional filmmaking. He commented “It was a great event and the films are fantastic. The students have thoroughly enjoyed their foray into the world of the professional filmmaker, and who knows, we could all be witnessing the talent of the next Spielberg or Coppola.”

With the success of this inaugural Summer School, is seems that Dorset may become the creative centre for emerging film talent. As David Hanson, Director of the BSA commented “The work produced throughout the two weeks has been of exceptional standard for students who had never operated a camera before, let alone directed professional actors. Their commitment to the films and their enthusiasm over the 2 weeks has been an inspiration to us all. After such a successful inaugural Summer School, I have a feeling next year’s Summer School will be eagerly anticipated.”

Future initiatives for the Bournemouth Screen Academy include mentoring schemes for students, graduates and staff; curriculum development; practitioners in residence; and bursaries to assist young people when entering BSA courses.