During this summer holiday 2016 Make A Difference Entertainment worked with young BAME people from the Ealing borough to create five horror shorts during the holiday period. With Funding from John Lyons who understood the work we are trying to do with young people to build employablity, community cohesion and help young BAME people into the media industry.
We had scripts already produced but brainstormed with the young people to develop them further as well as finding talented cast, crew, location, costumes and make up artist! Sounds like a lot which it was but that was the buzz about it too.
We had auditions, interviews and brainstorm sessions with local talented actors, crew and make up artists. This helped bring the horror shorts to life and made it a collaborative and creative project where everyone was involved.
It was great fun looking for locations as we wanted a different look and feel for each of the horror shorts. We used existing and new locations to create a spooky and mysterious atmosphere.
Wanting to create an impact we wanted costumes to look spooky, interesting and different so looked at what existing props we had along with purchasing new and exciting things.
From a Project Manager perspective working in the background it did involve working to tight timescales and making sure everyone knew what they were doing, what was going on, where, how and when. It was great looking for makeup artists, props, brainstorming characters and it was great I got a chance to be involved in the creative side too. The end results were great and published for Halloween.
It was great to be sponsored by John Lyons who recognised how we support and work with young people. They supported us to complete this project with young people where we were able to achieve great special effects, make-up, props and resources.