New Valley and Vale Community Arts’ films screenings will take place at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on Tuesday 12th June at 11.30am!
Valley and Vale has an established media department. Over the past 20 years we have given young people the opportunity to produce their own films. Valley and Vale supplies the facilities and professional equipment and facilitates the young people in learning the art of film production. We believe in the importance of creative expression and actively encourage young people to represent themselves through the medium of film.
First Light is a UK wide organisation that uses film and media production to develop skills in young people aged up to 25.
First Light works with over 5,000 young people aged 5-25 every year, giving them the opportunity to learn the craft of high-quality short filmmaking from industry professionals using industry standard equipment. Our Second Light programme helps talented young filmmakers aged 18+ to take the next step in gaining a sustainable career in the industry.
Utilising a mixture of production training, mentoring, careers support, work experience and intensive skills development, Second Light trainees’ chances of gaining places on new entrant programmes, HE courses and paid industry employment are greatly enhanced.
The past few months have been a busy time for the Valley and Vale First Light film crews. Our film team Tracy Pallant, Amy Peckham and Penny Lewis Stempel, have been working with school groups from Betws Primary School near Bridgend and The King Henry School in Abergavenny, planning and learning filmmaking techniques.
The Betws School ‘Spirit of the Woods’ shoot mostly took place on location at Eco Dysgu in a magical wood. The young people worked well as a team; their roles included director, camera, sound and acting supported by the Valley and Vale facilitators and other professionals. A particular highlight was the day spent filming the scenes with ‘Gaz’ and a friendly owl while ‘Michaela’ and ‘Lexy’ built an outdoor shelter and taught ‘Dad’ about the skills needed in the woods. The King Henry School ‘Y-Fenni’ shoot centred around Abergavenny Livestock Market and a local farming family (the Bevans). The crew used a mix of genres to create their unique documentary highlighting the importance of the market in Abergavenny. They faced challenges with the changing weather extremes. Particular highlights included capturing lambs being born on film and the tasty welsh cakes that Anne Bevan made for the crew.