So it all seems like it’s finally happening. Teams are set, ideas are crystallising and most importantly the tea and biscuits are flowing. After some motivating and practical masterclasses in August (shout out to: Hilary O’Shaughnessy, Amy Rozel Martin and the Future Producers alumni for being some of the stand out talks), the Future Producers, tasks are becoming a heck of a lot more real – and it’s all pretty exciting over at HQ.
It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way since the dubious spaghetti and marshmallow constructions. A tea and biscuits based outfit is after all a sign of quality work going on. The large group has now been divided into three smaller ones, focussing on:
- An audience development project surrounding Watershed’s 24 and under ticket offer in response to a collaborative research project with Culture24
- LOVE Tea Dance with a Difference, as part of Bristol Family Arts Festival
- A series of late night screenings inspired by the BFI LOVE season
I can say assuredly, that the bubbling excitement has yet to dwindle (unlike the hairy spaghetti towers which did not last the judging process). Within my own group (Family Arts), this may or may not be to do with Ruby’s unending love and devotion to our chosen film screening for the October half-term – Inside Out. Despite the recent release date, Inside Out is already an instant Pixar classic, and if you have any doubts about this, Ruby will be sure to set you straight. (No really, the film is fantastic).
The last two wednesdays we have begun to outline and beef out our ideas, looking at the logistical sides too, from other events going on, to who to work with and how to budget (thanks to Katie Keeler for the great crash course – remember, a budget is not scary, it tells a story). It’s in this sense that it is suddenly really rather real.
Our magical team is made up of Ruby, Holly, Jessica, Rosanna and me, and our fab mentor is Roseanna Dias. It’s quickly becoming clear to us the Inside Out is indeed a winning theme for any event. There is so much scope, from ‘Imagination Land’, the ‘Train of Thought’ and ‘levels of abstraction’ within the films text, to the raw basis of distinct emotions, colours and playfulness that we will draw on.
Whilst we might have to try to not get too lost in our own imaginations, with the overarching structure of a dancing tea party, you can only really assume it’s going to be wonderful. Ideas may still be seedlings at this stage, but there is something refreshing about not being too precious with our individual visions, and letting them naturally mesh, grow and come into their own (achievable) form. Something I hope we do lots of tomorrow!
One aspect that is quickly becoming important to the group as we begin to flesh out our aims for the event, is utilising it as a tool for mental health education. Inside Out is a fabulous, intelligent and rich text that improves the more you examine it. Despite a growing understanding of mental health, it is still somewhat of a minefield, full of misconceptions, misunderstanding and underestimations. The idea of subtly teaching children (and adults alike), how to handle your emotions, the different aspects of your or your family’s behaviour and even the necessity to let your sadness in, is great! Having this underlying theme within the event will definitely add a depth amidst all the silliness.
Rather than paraphrase people who have said it much better than I can articulate, I will simply link some of the pages that inspired us. As despite this being a slightly bizarre blog, I really would encourage you to have a little look at what has inspired us thus far!