At the beginning of July I saw an advert from Cultural springs asking for an assistant filmmaker for there upcoming family festival in Sunderland, I though it was an amazing opportunity as well as great fun, so I sent my CV with a cover letter to my uni and the company. A few weeks passed and Id heard nothing so just assumed I hadn’t got the job. Until I received an email early on in the week of the weekend it was scheduled for, congratulating me on getting the job. So after quickly ringing work and asking for the weekend off, I replied to the email asking for further details on the event.
Myself and another girl which had been chosen were assisting the filmmaker Robin, on a short film of the even, as well as stills for their flicker and website, and a few voxpop type interviews from members of the public about their thoughts of the event and if they think there should be more like it around sunderland.
On arrival at the place, we were taken to what would be the equivalent of back stage, well technically it was a tent behind the main stage, but it was for all the volunteers and workers as well as the actual acts, either way it made me feel really important and professional. There was cute little pack lunches for all the volunteers as well as tea, coffee and snacks for everyone to enjoy. After finding out what they wanted us to to and getting all our equipment sorted we heading up to a local primary school which is where the streets parade was starting and travelling around the town befogging hearing to the main park. I was using a handheld DJI Cosmo which was the coolest piece of filming equipment Ive ever seen! It’s basically a small circular camera on a stick that around depending on what you tell it do do and where to look. The images that were being recorded showed up on your phone so I could walk along recording the parade from a birds eye view while still being able to see what I’m filming and walk forward. I got some great shots and it was loads of fun.
After we were back at the main park to film the rest of the day I was given a small camera to focus on taking mainly stills of all the acts and crowd shots. I also helped out Robin recording voxpops, while he filmed, I recorded the sound. It was quite scary approaching random members of the public and asking them if they would participate but it helped me build confidence as I’ll need to be able to do these things if I ever become a photographer etc.
The second day, we had a bit more free reign as to what we could do since Robin was a bit late turning up so me and the other girl filmed and photographed a few of the acts together and then we all kept together and did a bit of everything for the rest of the day. There was a great group of children from a young age to maybe 20’s that were dancing, which were really good, as well as a few singers. My favourite act of the weekend would definitely be the New York Brass Band, they were a brass band that played modern songs and were generally very jazzy.
Cultural springs had asked us to cover certain acts more than others and for the images to be festival like e.g. tilted, which I wasn’t a fan of as it doesn’t come naturally to me to take pictures of a weird angle, but some of them actually look pretty good. Unfortunately I don’t have any of tho footage from the weekend and I can’t seem to find the finished video on their website, but if your interested in the event keep checking the cultural springs website and hopefully it will appear soon. However I do have some stills so heres a collection of photos from over the weekend.