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Film-making can still seem daunting to lots of people, but today’s technology means that you no longer need years of training to have a go at making a film. Many people have a video camera in their pockets or handbags all the time – a mobile phone. Lots of mobiles can shoot film in high definition now, or alternatively you can buy a ‘point and click’ compact video camera very cheaply. And of course if you have advanced skills and a bigger budget, you can create incredibly powerful, broadcast quality films on professional standard equipment.

Our guides on film-making will help you to improve your skills, and will show you just how easy it can be to create a film based digital record on a low budget.

Minimum requirement for your digital record

You will need to create at least 3 short films, 2 to 5 minutes long, made at intervals throughout the project or one longer film (at least 15 minutes) documenting key points in the journey of your project and including interviews with project participants.

Accepted file types:

  • Windows Media Video (.wmv)
  • Quicktime (.mov)
  • MPEG-4 (.mp4)

Don’t forget that you will also need to submit a short written account of your project detailing what you did and what you achieved.

Some inspiration

The Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding is a historic Blacksmiths Smithy, still active and demonstrating this traditional craft for generations to see. Their YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/chainbridgeforge shows the Forge in action. This is backed up by a website with lots more information and social media links. The Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa has an introductory video which is embedded on their main website.