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12th June
to 4th December
300 You will earn 300 bronze points for completing this activity.
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Place and Coming of Age: Filmmaking Research Workshops

12th June to 4th December
A chance to gain experience facilitating practical, community based workshops. You will be assisting with the delivery of a series of filmmaking research workshops in a Sixth Form Collage, working with participants to explore senses of Place and Coming of Age.

This project gives you the opportunity to gain experience working on a live research project in a real-world environment– offering valuable insight to those students interested in pursuing research pathways in their future studies. The research project aims to investigate emerging trends within documentary filmmaking and contribute to the development of contemporary documentary filmmaking methodologies. Such methodologies will be used to engage collaboratively with participants to explore localised social issues alongside themes of personal identity as linked to place, with a case study based in the North Midlands (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire).

A number of short films are being produced collaboratively with participants as part of the overall research project. The one you would be working on aims to work with participants aged 16-19 in post-16/FE settings to explore their relationship with the area in which they’ve grown up, and what impact this relationship might have on their lives as they enter adulthood. Together, we will facilitate a series of workshops which encourage participants to explore these themes through engaging with collaborative filmmaking methods. Broadly speaking, these methods involve elements of creative writing, instructional filmmaking and performance, the result of which will contribute to some form of filmic output.

As the project research assistant, you will help facilitate these practical workshops. This will entail assisting with filming and sound recording, contributing to discussions and supporting participants in their creative practice. You will also be also to gain experience in film editing, working with the project lead to produce a short, experimental film as a final project output, which is intended to be screened publicly. Some basic experience with filmmaking practice is required.

In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate... with researchers and participants in creative workshops.
  • Develop... skills in community engagement, filmmaking and practice based research.
  • Co-Produce... a short, experimental documentary film as an output.
  • Gain experience... in working on a research project in a supportive, educational environment.
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • place 12:00 to 13:00 on 12/06/23 - Benzie Building Cafe, MMU
    Initial Planning Meeting
    A time to meet up, get to grips with the project and plan your contribution.
  • place 03/07/23 to 27/07/23 - Friesland Sixth Form, Derbyshire
    Workshops 1 and 2
    The first of the two workshops will take place in July (exact dates TBC). They will take place at a Sixth Form Collage in Derbyshire (transport will be provided). Exact dates to be confirmed in initially planning meeting.
  • place 02/10/23 to 31/10/23 - Friesland Sixth Form, Derbyshire
    Workshop 3 and 4
    The 3rd and 4th workshops will take place in October (exact dates TBC). They will take place at a Sixth Form Collage in Derbyshire (transport will be provided). Exact dates to be confirmed in initially planning meeting.
  • call_split 03/07/23 to 30/11/23
    Editing of Film
    Over the course of the project, you will assist with elements of the editing process.
  • place 09:00 to 13:00 on 04/12/23 - Friesland Sixth Form, Derbyshire
    Screening of Work to Participants
    The final workshop will involve screening the film produced with the participants, and then reflecting on the process.