Beacon Films


Beacon Films: film production and training services in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England



VIEWFINDER: The Story So Far

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Supported by Spirit of 2012, and Sir James Knott Trust Viewfinder 2015-18 supported filmmakers who have learning disabilities, autism and additional needs to work on their own and each other’s film projects, and then apply this experience to volunteer-filmmaking roles working alongside a creative partner. Our creative partners included local charities, a hotel and restaurant run by people with autism, BBC Tours Newcastle and a local marketing agency.

These pages tell the story of the first three years of our Viewfinder programme (2015-2018)

If you are interested in getting involved in our new Viewfinder programme then click here

Behind the Scenes Filmmaker Surgeries Film Factories

How did Viewfinder work? Find out here!

Step 1: People sign up to our Filmmaker Surgeries: fortnightly Saturday morning sessions where people work on their own and each other’s film projects. Watch the film to find out more.

You can see some examples of films made during the surgeries by clicking here.

Step 2: After completing a block of filmmaker surgeries, members were invited to develop, shoot and edit a short film or films alongside an external creative partner. This part of the process was called Film Factory. Here are two films that offer a sneak peak ‘behind the scenes!’

Step 3: People develop their skills and confidence to use their filmmaking skills in other settings: on their own projects and projects for other organisations. In the next films you will hear one of our filmmakers talk about how Viewfinder helps him to move onto paid film work. The second film was made for a charity based in Newcastle by another of our project members.

This film is about the impact that the first three years of Viewfinder had on those that took part.

Viewfinder 2019 >>

We are very pleased that Viewfinder has been funded for another three years by Spirit of 2012, the Newcastle Fund and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Joyce Trust. Here is what we’ll be doing differently in the new version of the programme:

  • At the end of each filmmaker surgery, we will help you to organise a Skills Tap event where you will showcase what you’ve been working on and the skills you’ve developed to invited guests, including local businesses and organisations.

  • Following this, we are aiming to help you to apply your film skills to work experience and volunteering placements outside Beacon Films. We want to try out different ways that you can be supported (if necessary) to do this.

  • We are going to help you to start self led groups that focus on particular areas of film production or exhibition (e.g. vlogging, organising film screenings etc). Then there will be opportunities for you to do group volunteering with a local charity or non-profit organisation.

  • We are running online portfolio workshops to help you create a professional online portfolio of your work.

Click here to find out more!

Viewfinder 2015 - 2018 was supported by Spirit of 2012 and Sir James Knott Trust

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