"'Northern Stars were fantastic - they were punctual, organised, professional and friendly at every step of the film making process.'"
Sophie Robinson, Project Co-ordinator - Stories of the World, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

The Brief

As part of a national Cultural Olympiad project entitled 'Stories of the World' twelve young people from across the North East were asked to choose objects from the archives of the Discovery Museum in Newcastle and stage an exhibition at the GNM: Hancock in the summer of 2012. 

To communicate their ambitions to a wider audience the group decided to commission a film to screen at a VIP launch event. There was only one major stumbling block: when they called Northern Stars it was less than a week to the day they wanted to film and three weeks to the event itself. 

Our Approach

Despite the short lead-in time we stuck to our 'planning is everything' guns and sat down with the team from TWAM and the young people in the project and hammered out a clear plan of what the film needed to say, who it needed to say it to, and how it needed to be said. We then created a written treatment for the film which was approved before we stared shooting. 

The shoot itself consisted of a morning at the GNM: Hancock, where we shot interviews with some of the young people, and an afternoon at the Discovery Museum where we filmed them exploring the stores - avoiding the thousand poisonous spears wrapped in plastic on the wall. Finally, we shot some carefully lit footage of the objects themselves which would be used at the opening and closing sections of the film. 

Clients don't always want to, or need to, sit in on the edit but in this case it really helped us to have Lindsey Bruce and Sophie Robinson from TWAM in to motor through the material and shape the film exactly as they wanted it to be. 

The Result

The film screened at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead to an invited audience of VIPs - all of whom went away excited by the project and the young people involved in it.

Project Co-ordinator Sophie Robinson comments: 'The film was shown at the launch for the North East region's Cultural Olympiad and received really high praise.  It brilliantly captures the project and we are really proud of it. We would 100% recommend working with Northern Stars - they take the stress out of film-making, give you loads of input into the editing to get the film you envisaged and are true pros at what they do.' 

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