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News: Catch­er’ A Lock­down Film Project by the FdA Dance Students

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Our FdA Dance stu­dents have pro­duced an amaz­ing lock­down film project which we want­ed to share with you. Catch­er’ show­cas­es their tal­ents and is based on light. 

With the lock­down in Jan­u­ary we decid­ed that the HE dance per­for­mance project for this aca­d­e­m­ic year would be to pro­duce a film. The ethos of this unit has always been with the stu­dents at the fore­front of the deci­sion mak­ing and as a group we decid­ed to cre­ate a piece based on Light. The world this year has seen more of the out­doors than ever, so it seemed the right approach with resources with­in the stu­dents reach. This turned remote and online study into the most pos­i­tive oppor­tu­ni­ty for the students. 

The stu­dents worked with Jon­ni Scott, a Not­ting­ham Col­lege Cre­ative Tech­ni­cal Instruc­tor and Not­ting­ham Col­lege grad­u­ate to com­pose the music. NTU The­atre Design stu­dents col­lab­o­rat­ed with the over­all con­cept and details for the production. 

Stu­dents were men­tored on film­ing tech­niques, and effec­tive­ly became their own cam­era oper­a­tors, edi­tors, loca­tion scouts, prop, cos­tume and make­up artists. This stretched the stu­dents who respond­ed bril­liant­ly film­ing out­doors in the cold and dark dur­ing Feb­ru­ary. They were able to take advan­tage of emp­ty loca­tions to turn lock­down into a pos­i­tive oppor­tu­ni­ty for cre­ative expression. 

The out­come was a fan­tas­tic film cre­at­ed in lock­down. Stu­dents found loca­tions around Not­ting­ham and the sur­round­ing areas and filmed their work on their phones. Edit­ing fol­lowed and the final out­come showed both cre­ativ­i­ty under an extreme cir­cum­stance. More impor­tant­ly; a deter­mi­na­tion and resilience from the stu­dents who cre­at­ed such a won­der­ful piece of per­for­mance work. 

We spoke to one of the stu­dents fea­tures in the film, Luu Woolley

It was great project to keep us all involved and engaged in lock­down as being new to the area I strug­gled a lit­tle being away from cam­pus. My piece was part of a trio, so it meant that I was in con­stant con­tact with my peers, check­ing in reg­u­lar­ly and devel­op­ing ideas for the project. We filmed in two sep­a­rate loca­tions and our teach­ers sup­port­ed us every step of the way. 

 — Luu Wool­ley

We have also sub­mit­ted the piece for the dance cat­e­go­ry in the Not­ting­ham Cre­ative Awards too, which is exciting!”. 

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  • 28th April 2021 (12:00 AM)
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