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Lowewood Museum Museums World War 1

Absolutely Time To Watch Absolutely 

Here’s our new film: Absolutely

The film was made at Hertfordshire’s Lowewood Museum with their fantastic Youth Panel. 

The film features “Wonder” performed by Naughty Boy , Emeli Sandé 

Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd (GB) Under licence from Universal Music Group
Additional cast includes members of The Vallé Academy of Performing Arts , and Liam Mercer from 10th Essex Regiment Great War Living History Group

The project has been kindly supported by ROH Bridge

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film making Kids Museums short films

And On The Panel…

Looking forward to working with the Youth Panel from Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire on their new short film. Such a fantastic museum with a great programme and such interesting exhibits. 

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Castles Heritage Museums

See You In The Gift Shop

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Who could possibly walk past a cannon without taking a photo of it? This one was at Rochester Castle, Kent by the Medway River as if to be defending the bridge and river. I have absolutely no idea whether it was historically accurate or not. But, hey, it’s a cannon.

But should it matter whether it’s historically accurate?

Do historical sites, museums, and heritage centres have to be historically accurate?

Should they concentrate on getting visitors through the door?

Once through the door and when interest is, hopefully, piqued perhaps that is the time to explore historical accuracy.

So remember if you run any kind of museum, gallery, heritage attraction, and want to attract visitors get a cannon.

And if no one else goes, well, I might go. And I most certainly will if you have a gift shop…

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Film Museums short films

Lights, Camera, Legacy

 

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Let’s thank all those camera persons, editors, sound recorders and anybody else that has been in the thick of action and kept their camera or recorder running. It must take some nerve to level that tripod, check that exposure and get that audio while the bullets or bombs are coming down.

Incredibly, there’s so much of this footage on public domain sites for free usage.

We’ve just been using some of this archive footage from Pond 5 for a Montage Sequence that our main character Maz watches on television. It’s a pivotal sequence in our upcoming short film Like Father Like Son, and one where things could have been so tough but weren’t.  Just a matter of having a healthy internet connection and enough storage for the abundance of archive footage that is available on their site for free download.

What could have been an incredibly frustrating time consuming and expensive element of the production was just downloaded. Of course there was editing to do, sound mixers to test, colours to consider but overall the montage went really well.  We had to rescale some of the footage as the ratio didn’t match our production, and the loss of resolution was inevitable as was the difference in grain, colour, and exposure.

At King Street Images we also make films in the heritage, legacy and cultural sector and think what great resources these downloadable archives are for students studying the conflicts, and events of the past.  Now that basic editing is even an option on someone’s phone what better time to actually explore these archives whether as student, curator, historian, or just because making a film out of the past can really bring the past to life.

So next time you’re at the museum, memorial, or legacy location perhaps stay out of the gift shop, leave the postcards in the rack and  consider what footage you could download and create your own version of history.

And if you’re lucky enough to own archive footage as part of an institution, gallery, museum, or legacy building what better way to appeal to a new audience or even re-connect with the existing one than to produce a video of some of your archive.

Here’s ours, please take a look: Archive Montage from Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son will be available later in the year.

At King Street Images we are always happy to edit your archive footage into new content. We can also produce new films and content for your organisation.

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Film herts Museums Takeover Day Trainee Uncategorized

Fresh Ideas From The Trainee Barista

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I finally reached the head of the queue in the coffee shop. A smiling barista apologised for the delay, and asked me what I wanted.  I then noticed the dreaded “Trainee” badge proudly pinned to their fresh new shirt. Then it was all clear: the light bulb moment. That was why my wait had been extended by a minute or so, and that was why I was suddenly worried that my coffee wouldn’t be up to scratch.

Would it be cold? Would it be too strong? Too weak? The wrong colour? Perhaps it wouldn’t be coffee at all but, perish the thought, Tea.  I watched as the trainee barista carefully made my coffee, and was ready to intervene should the process differ from what I’d normally expect.  She really concentrated, and seemed to not only enjoy making the coffee but also made you feel appreciated as a patient customer.

The coffee arrived in pretty good shape, in pretty good time, steaming hot in a sleeved cup ready to go.

I tasted it, ready to be not satisfied as I practised my mask of mortification. Enjoy it? Well, why would I? It was made by a trainee. She must have got something wrong, surely? Yes she must have or she wouldn’t have been a trainee, would she? But it was a perfect cup of coffee.

In fact it was probably better than I’d previously bought from the coffee shop. You know the one, every High Street has one: that little independent that was never quite trendy enough but would love to be.

I got to thinking that sometimes trainees try harder, and often bring a different quality and fresh ideas to what they’re doing.  Maybe they aren’t going through the motions, doing the required but no more as some more experienced staff might.

We often work with work placement kids in our film production company. And much like the coffee barista they are very attentive, focused, keen to learn, and always trying to do the best job possible. They often bring freshness to tasks that I’ve done numerous times, and on occasion they find a better and more efficient way of doing them.

Last year we were commissioned by the Lowewood Museum  to film a “Takeover Day”, which is when kids take over the running of a museum for the day.  It’s run byKids in Museums and takes place in museums and galleries in the United Kingdom. We spent the day in the fantastic museum filming the kids running the museum where their work included front of house, tours, social media and interacting with the public, which can be seen in Takeover Day at Lowewood Museum.

After working with the kids, Museum’s Officer Carly Hearn said: “Maybe we’ll be running the museum a bit differently in the future. I think we can learn a lot from young people about how to make our museums vibrant places for more people to visit.”

What was fascinating was seeing the energy and spark that these kids applied to all the tasks. They found a way of working that utilized their passion, harnessed their energy, and made a virtue of their inexperience.

It’s that energy; it’s that freshness that trainees, interns, work placements or just keen new members of staff bring to a company, gallery, museum, production… It doesn’t matter whether it’s coffee, film production, construction, museums, galleries, or banking there’s always something new to add.  Those ‘somethings’ that someone’s been doing like that for years without thinking about. That ‘something’ that may not be that important but when added together with all the other ‘somethings’ can make all the difference.

Maybe the next time you buy a coffee, or visit a museum and you see the dreaded word trainee you might wonder what difference they might bring to your coffee or what value to your museum visit. Of course we all had to learn, pick up new skills, and improve on our old ones so let’s all be a tad more understanding of others doing the same. Perhaps, it’s worth remembering that we all have to start somewhere and we don’t all start from the same place.

Naturally I’m sure to get stuck behind a learner driver now and will have only myself to blame for tempting such fates.

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Art Film Kids Museums Uncategorized

Takeover Day

 

It’s “Takeover Day” this week. Check out the Kids in Museums website where our commissioned film can be found documenting and celebrating this fantastic opportunity for young people.

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Museums Takeover Day

Lowewood Museum is Taken Over

We were at the Lowewood Museum filming Takeover Day, which is when students take over the running of a museum for the day. This happens throughout the country in a wide variety of museums. The students at the Lowewood Museum were from The Broxbourne School.

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