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!".- LUU WOOLLEY