Not The Easy Way Out

Doing this project has given me a sense of achievement, and as a result has helped me to open up and be more willing to try new things. A project like this can help in so many ways that I think others will not understand.     

From February to April 2016 Firstsite Circuit artist Hester Chillingworth and Digital Creative Liam Roberts, worked on a new partnership project with tenants from Colchester YMCA. Over the course of the 3 month project, the tenants were involved in producing a short film. Learning new creative skills such as video editing, camera techniques, story telling and sound design.



Participants of the project were given the choice of what kind of film they wanted to produce. Straight away the group took initiative and had the idea of producing a documentary about the stereotypes of living in the YMCA, in an attempt to break down these stereo types and give a glimpse of what the life of a tenant is really like.

Through a process of telling stories of their personal journeys through the YMCA and plans for the future. 

I was looking forward to the first meeting with all of us there including guys from Firstsite. The first meeting that took place was very laid back, which I enjoyed as it helped me relax and get to know the people I would be working with. I have slight anxiety especially meeting new people, however I felt incredibly welcomed by all who attended and found it easy to get involved. [Dinah Malone]

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I immediately felt comfortable, and as a result got involved in discussions about the project. We decided on the film being a documentary about the YMCA, and I felt we could all connect to this. Doing such a film I think made us feel better about where we live and brought tenants who were involved closer together. 

Coming to film school helped me deal with personal troubles by distracting me and taking my mind off what was bothering me at times.

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I enjoyed filming, using the camera and the editing suite, this helped me to improve my skills. 

This project gave me something to do, and get involved in. It helped to increase my confidence and helped me get to know other tenants and make friends. [Rob Carr]

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Doing this project has given me a sense of achievement, and as a result has helped me to open up and be more willing to try new things. 
A project like this can help in so many ways that I think others will not understand. 

Coming to film school helped me deal with personal troubles by distracting me and taking my mind off what was bothering me at times.

Our stories can be told, and our voices can be heard. That’s all that many of us want, and now that has been fulfilled. 

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