Rural Media has been supporting young people to express themselves creatively through film and media for over 25 years. Outside formal education, our youth media projects, summer schools and workshops enable young people to articulate how they interpret the world and help them discover their own voice in a relaxed and fun environment.
Using digital devices such as tablets and smartphones, we work with children of all ages from primary and secondary, providing tailor-made video production workshops. Not only do the children learn animation, film and video techniques, they have a great time in the process!
Teenage pupils, including those in special education, will also be introduced to the theories of film language, their place in film history and the development of complex narratives.
We offer practical film and video production training for 16 to 24 year olds from all over the Midlands, many of which go on to study and / or work in the film and TV industries. We run an annual film academy in partnership with the British Film Institute that includes master classes with industry professionals and the chance for students to create and exhibit their own short films.
"Six years ago I made my first ever film with Rural Media - now they're supporting me into my career. I owe them it all."
Becky Doctor, BFI Academy graduate and Random Acts artist
We work closely with a range of universities and colleges across the UK on initiatives including action research, curriculum development and delivery, international projects and exchanges and visiting lectureships. See examples below:
We co-run the BA in Short Film Making with Hereford College of Art designed to equip young filmmakers with the flexible skillset to work in today's digital moving image industries.
With University of Worcester we develop the work of final year BA Screenwriting students, assessing and developing the best scripts and giving recent graduates experience of working with a production company.
With the universities of Wolverhampton and Gloucestershire we are currently developing proposals to work with a range of European countries.
At whatever level you work with children and young people, contact us to discuss ways in which digital film and media can enhance engagement and learning.