Selby Lit film goes into production

The Selby Lit project entered its final stages as the film production got underway. The group had developed a narrative voice-over through creative workshops with Inspired Youth and were now creating visuals for their film which would carry their powerful, challenging and inspiring messages to the world.Screen Shot 2018-11-25 at 21.36.04During the process the young people discussed ideas about how the world viewed them, including negative stereotypes. They were inspired as a group to create a message that challenged prejudices and limitations which these stereotypes put on the potential of young people. Screenshot 2018-11-25 at 20.14.22.pngThe young people were passionate about making a film that challenged stereotypes about young people with the aim of inspiring people to listen more to young people in order for them feel more understood. The narrative was created through a process where each young person wrote their own writing individually before they were combined together to coproduce a final compilation. The quotes in this post are excerpts of the groups voice over.

“Young people need support and belief. We all want to be understood. By doing this it would give us more self-confidence”

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The group each took turns to feature in shots for the film. We used different locations around Selby to create different imagery.

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“We want an opportunity to show society who we really are. We want people to get to know us as individuals and not assume all young people are the same”

Screenshot 2018-11-25 at 20.13.10The film is now in post production and once it is edited their are plans for a launch showcase before it is shared virally.Screenshot 2018-11-25 at 20.13.48Watch out for details about the finished film which will be launched in Selby in partnership with The National Collaborative Outreach Programme before launching online.

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Recording the narrative

IMG_2001In this session the group came back together to record audio of their combined narratives. The audio would be used to drive the messages of their film which explored perceptions of young people vs young peoples perceptions of themselves. Their film aims to highlight that regardless of challenges they face and stigma attached with young people that young people all have dreams and aspirations.

IMG_2005IMG_2006Before recording we read out the final narrative together, then the young people took turns to read the entire script into the microphone.IMG_2010IMG_2011It was important to keep the atmosphere quiet so each young person could have their spoken narrative recorded to a good quality for use in their film.IMG_2014It is a nerve-racking experience to have your voice recorded on audio but each young person coped with the pressure well and all spoke well. IMG_2018The crew all had fun in the process with plenty of laughter along the way. Creating media can be fun but it also requires focus and determination if you want to create something of real quality.IMG_2024We now had captured all the audio recording needed, ready for the film.IMG_2026

Below Liam checks sound levels for Sandras voice.IMG_2060Some of the team found it hard not to laugh!!IMG_2061IMG_2059In the end every young person contributed their part and performed the speaking very well.IMG_2056IMG_2053There was always room for encouragement and tips to make the recording the best it could be!IMG_2048IMG_2043IMG_2040

Keep watching the blog to see the journey unfold…

Writing The Narrative

IMG_1906In this session the group reflected and recapped on all the material they had created through the explorative workshops.IMG_1907They used themes highlighted through the journey to create their own narrative which would form the voice over for their film.

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Imogen

We wanted to make a short film that challenges the stereotypes that we are given. We want to change the perception on young people. By doing this we are hoping to tackle the stereotypes young people are given.

I am not disrespectful, stupid or self-centred

We are not rude or misbehaved

Young people are not immature, loud or stuck up

We are respectful teenagers who want to be seen for who we are and not for who people think we are.

Young people want to be known for how sensible and well behaved they are.

We don’t want to be judged because of the stereotypes that have been made.

Young people need support and belief. We all want to be understood. By doing this it would give us more self-confidence. We want an opportunity to show society who we really are. We want people to get to know us as individuals and not assume all people are the same.

If young people are given a voice you would see that the labels you give us weigh us down and make us feel as if we are worthless.

Give young people a chance to build their self-confidence and follow their dreams and aspirations.

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Sandra

We made this film to show that we are all unique and that it’s ok to be different.

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Amelia

We are a group of young people who want the world to see who we really are. As young people we don’t want to be perceived in a negative way. The world needs to see that we are people who want to be understood.

I don’t want people to portray me as a rebel because I want to do the best I can in life. I want people to believe in me and not label me with certain traits.

I am not selfish

I am not dumb

I am not stupid

I am not rude

I respect people for their unique personalities

We are driven by our aspirations and we have a lot more potential than you think.

We are unique

We are smart

We are calm

We are thoughtful

We want to be ourselves

We want to be understood and not stereotyped with negative thoughts. We need more youth workers that understand us and listen to us.

If young people are believed in and supported we can reach our full potential and strive to be the best we can be.

Give us more youth workers

Give us more people who listen

Give us support

Believe in us!

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Tia

We wanted to make a short film that changes the perceptions towards young people. The film aims to break down stereotypes of young people. We made this film to show that young people are different to how they are perceived.

I am not a cake face

I am not self-centred or misbehaved

We are not inappropriate, stupid or stuck up

Young people are not rude, self loving or immature

I am not disrespectful, selfish or confident

We are all loving, well behaved and appropriate

We are all unique, talented and friendly

We are all kind, sensible and smart in our own way

Young people want to be known as sensible, friendly, respectful and unique. They don’t want to be known as a stereotype, misbehaved or immature.

Young people need support, help and believing in. We all need listening to, understanding and confidence.

If young people have support, get believed in and are understood they may have different stereotypes. If we are misunderstood, unsupported and not listened to by the community people will perceive us in the wrong way.

Give young people support and time. Listen to what they have to say and maybe you will understand the things they go through and that they are not all as they seem.

We are not as you think we are. We wear makeup and are loud but underneath it all we are insecure and not confident. If you even paid a slight bit of attention you would know.

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Abby

About Abby

I am in my last year of school. People know me as a resilient person who is very kind and have a lot of responsibility. My home life is known as loud, annoying and cheeky. I have a younger brother who is in year 10, I think of him as annoying but we are very close.

Why are community projects important?

Community projects are important because I can talk to people.

What community projects have you been involved in?

I have been involved in the Askham Bryant college project, a film project called “We are Selby” and a homeless project.

Do you think community projects engage young people who might not engage with school?

Yes because maybe young people might be interested in it.

How important are youth and community workers to young people?

Professionals are important because we need someone to talk to.

Do you think that community projects are educational?

They are important because we can get things out even if they are not about the topic.

What is your message to the world about young people?

I would say to young people to get involved with projects, go to the youth club or youth council see if you can find inspiration.

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Tia

About Tia

I am kind, sensible, responsible and caring. I have dreams to work in the medical profession to be able to help people. I work hard and support my younger siblings at home.

Why are community projects important?

They are important because they help young people interact and build confidence.

What community projects have you been involved in?

Askham Bryant college, Inspired Youth projects and the Skate Park in Selby.

Do you think community projects engage young people who might not engage with school?

Not for me because I would do it anyway.

How important are youth and community workers to young people?

They are very important and without them young people would probably hide their emotions.

How important are positive relationships with youth workers in your community?

Its important because you need to trust people.

Do you think that community projects are educational?

Yes!

What is your message to the world about young people?

We are not as you think we are!

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Sandra

Why are community projects important?

Community projects are important because it helps young people to socialise and gives them a voice.

What community projects have you been involved in?

I have been involved with Inspired Youth projects including “We are Selby” and the poetry project. I have been involved with Youth Voice and the challenge walk, I can walk a lot!

Do you think community projects engage young people who might not engage with school?

Yes because there is more freedom.

How important are youth and community workers to young people?

They treat everyone as equal to everyone. Young people should never feel put out.

How important are positive relationships with youth workers in your community?

It’s good they are there because you can talk to them.

What is your message to the world about young people?

My message to the world is that we are all unique.

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Shannon

About Shannon

I am an articulate person who is passionate about helping young people and highlighting issues affecting young people. I love to be involved in community projects that make a difference and help young people to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Why are community projects important?

Community projects are imprtant because if we didnt come to projects like tehse we would just sat at home. Whereas when we are here I feel like I am wanted. It is also important because it engages others to join in and communicate with others.

What community projects have you been involved in?

We went to Askham-Bryan college to learn about college and the business centre. We were also involved in the lifestyle project which encourages young people to get involved and be active. This has taught me there is a life outside of your room.

Do you think community projects engage young people who might not engage with school?

Yes because then we know we always have someone to talk to.

How important are youth and community workers to young people?

Youth workers are important because without them mental health would increase.

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Amelia

About Amelia

I am bubbly, cheerful, loud and open minded. I am reliable enthusiastic and very kind.

Why are community projects important?

Projects are important because it gives young people a chance to get involved in the community and it gives people the chance to make friends. It also is important because the older residents have a different perspective of young people. It gets kids out and about in the community and stops young people from being seen as trouble causers.

What community projects have you been involved in?

I have been involved in a number of projects like “lifestyle” where we helped elderly people with a bench and worked on improving their gardens.

Do you think community projects engage young people who might not engage with school?

Projects in the community help kids to get involved.

How important are youth and community workers to young people?

It is very important because mental health increases when young people have no one to talk to.

How important are positive relationships with youth workers in your community?

Sue is important because our relationship is very important, it gives me an opportunity to talk about my feelings.

What is your message to the world about young people?

Young people aren’t trouble causers, they just want something to do.

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Imogen

About Imogen

I am intelligent and caring but I often play the fool, talking loud to hide my insecurities. I do feel misunderstood at times especially in School.

Why are community projects important?

Community projects like these are important because it helps to improve the community. It also gives young people the opportunity to socialise with and gives young people a voice. It also helps to change perceptions.

What community projects have you been involved in?

Community projects I’ve been involved with are The night walk project, Youth Voice, a poetry project and “We are Selby” film project.

I’ve also been involved with AskhamBryant and a lifestyle project. By doing projects like this I have learned how to help the community and I’ve got a little bit more confident with myself.

Do you think community projects engage young people who might not engage with school?

Yes because it gives people a voice and educates others who wouldn’t usually get involved.

How important are youth and community workers to young people?

Youth workers are important because if they weren’t here mental health issues would increase because young people would bottle up problems and suicide rates would increase.

How important are positive relationships with youth workers in your community?

Its important to have good relationships with youth workers so you can build trust with them.

Do you think that community projects are educational?

Although these projects happen outside of School I think the lessons are still educational

What is your message to the world about young people?

Young people are more capable than you think.

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Who we really are

In our first creative workshop young people were introduced to the project and shown examples of powerful youth led media campaigns produced with other young people.

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To get the group thinking about their own campaign we started by asking them to create two characters, one who represented how the world saw them and one that represented how they saw themselves. They would use this exploration of themes to shape the direction of their film.

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The young people split into 2 groups to discuss perceptions of young people and explore self identity. This is what they came up with:

Group 1

How young people are perceived:

  • Misbehaved
  • Stupid
  • Disrespectful
  • Loud
  • Selfish
  • Slags
  • Mean
  • Cake face
  • Self centred
  • Inappropriate
  • Self loving
  • Immature
  • Rude
  • Stuck up

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How young people perceive themselves:

  • Respectful
  • Well behaved
  • Mature
  • Loving
  • Appropriate
  • Talented
  • Unique
  • High aspirations
  • Smart in our own ways
  • Kind
  • Insecure
  • Sensible
  • Sociable
  • Friendly

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Group 2

How young people are perceived:

  • Misbehaved
  • Mean
  • Sluggy eyebrows
  • Rule breakers
  • Rude
  • Loud
  • Slutty
  • Dumb
  • Trouble makers
  • Swear a lot
  • Don’t care
  • Dirty
  • Dress inappropriate
  • Rebellious
  • Over the top

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  • Unique
  • Quiet
  • Kind
  • Futures
  • Thoughtful
  • Specialities
  • Aspirations
  • Smart
  • Caring
  • Confident (or maybe not)
  • Nice
  • Shy
  • Just yourself

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It was really fascinating to see how negative young people felt they were perceived in the community and in contrast how positively they perceived themselves, were full of talents, dreams and aspirations. The themes the group highlighted will now inform the narrative voice over they will write for their film which aims to challenge the stereotypes they have identified and carry positive messages about who young people, promoting positives and highlighting that young people have aspirations regardless of the challenges they may face.

IMG_1871 Next the young people were given a series of questions about the importance of community projects and the difference they make – Check out the blog for their posts.