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Lights, Camera, Museum

We had a fantastic evening filming at Hertfordshire’s Lowewood Museum. We were filming for their new short film “Absolutely” . One of the great things about the Hoddesdon based museum is they not only make you welcome but also make every visit fun.

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Arts Means Business Film

Here’s Kingstreetimages’ latest film which celebrates the Arts Means Business initiative from The Gibberd Gallery. The film features artists Valerie Inns, and Sarah Brown – Architectural Artwork and Glass. The project included artists working in residences withRaytheon, Astro Lighting, and Arrow.com.

 

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Art? Prototype 

Object of art or industrial prototype? Check out the Arts Means Business exhibition at The Gibberd Gallery. The exhibition features work from Sarah Brown – Architectural Artwork and Glass , Connie Flynn, and Val Inns. The artists worked with Raytheon, Arrow.com, and Astro Lighting.
Kingstreetimages has made a film about the Arts Means Business initiative, which will be viewable in the Gibberd Gallery and online soon.

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North by Not Quite Northish

Just stopped for a coffee, turned round and there he was. Can’t quite place him… Sure I’ve seen him somewhere. Albeit fleetingly… 

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Beside the Sea, Beside the Gallery 

Always sunny in Margate. Caters for all. It now has the fantastic Turner Contemporary Gallery, and of course it’s also Margate with its great beaches, old town, artists’ and creative quarter, and let’s not forget those slots.
We’ve been really lucky filming along the Kent coast over the last few days. There are so many interesting artists in this part of Kent, a great creative environment to work and live.

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The People’s Fish

 

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Put together this little short using archive footage from ITN Source and music from Audio Network for the ITN Source Short Film Competition.

I could have made many choices, told various stories, and created numerous narratives with the abundance of footage, audio, and music that was available.

With exactly the same footage but in a different order would my story have been different? Would you have viewed the content differently? Is it political? Is it a statement? Was I having fun? Making a point? Being ironic in a smart phone kind of way?

I think you have to make your own mind up about what you saw, what you thought you saw, and what order you saw it in. But ultimately we should never forget the fantastic power and influence of editing.

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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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Film of the Month Competition

Our film “The Boy and The Boat” has been selected for Shooting People’s final twelve in their Film of the Month Competition. Please take a look and vote for “The Boy and The Boat” if you’re a member. Many thanks.

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A break during filming The Boy and The Boat with Jago King.

 

Shooting People’s Film of the Month Competition

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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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