June 28 2010

The Other Side of Me Film and Drama Project

The Other Side of Me - Dad and Jack

This ‘Reel to Reel’ film project has just been finished, creating a short film made with a group of young people at a local school. Building on the success of the Cyber Bully Film, a group of young people from Ogmore Comprehensive School who took part in our Anger Management Programme (and who are now involved in our Getting On Programme), asked us if they could make their own film.

Working with our Film and Drama departments and John Owen, the Pupil Support Officer at the school, the young people wrote their own script based on their experiences of the pressures to conform and why it is ultimately important to be true to yourself. The young people in the group filmed and edited their film as well as writing and performing the soundtrack for their film.

One of the project participants from Ogmore Comprehensive School talked about how she would have never had the confidence before the Reel to Reel project to express her ideas: ‘Why would anyone be interested in what I have to say?’ She then went on to take on the role of director. She blossomed, became more confident, and was able to work co-operatively with the other people in the group. The young people challenged themselves and were prepared to take risks, working very hard to produce a good film taking part at all the stages, from script to screen.

Thanks to funding by The Welsh Assembly Government and with support from Bridgend County Borough Council Youth Service.