- Posted by info 11 Oct
To mark World Mental Health Day, Bournemouth University held a sold-out screening of #LifeUnfiltered a short film we produced with a group of remarkable young people from the Dorset Area.
Partnered by a number of local organisations including Bournemouth University, Dorset Mind, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Healthwatch Dorset and NHS Foundation Trust, #LifeUnfiltered is a unique opportunity to look at mental health through the eyes of a young person. It has been developed by young people about young people.
The young people wanted the film to “raise awareness that we all have mental health and pressures to deal with and there are things we can all do to support ourselves and each other and if you do have mental health problems, you can learn to cope with them, that there is hope and things can get better”.
LoveLove Films’ scriptwriter met with the young people and ran a workshop to get their thoughts on what they wanted to the say and how they wanted the film to look. We decided on a unique visual style that combined real images of the young people with animation and double exposure effects that would be an honest portrayal of the difficulties that the contributors face every day. Each of the contributors also recorded a voiceover, which we spliced together to create a heartfelt and honest poem about mental health problems. The young people visited the LoveLove Films studio on numerous occasions to shoot in front of the green screen, watch the animators at work and give constructive feedback.
The overall video is an immersive way of putting viewers into the shoes of a young person with mental health pressures, and uses double exposure photography to show the problems that young people face everyday.
According to research by the Office for National Statistics, one in ten children and young people aged 5 to 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder and around one in seven has less severe problems.
The event, which took place on 10th October at the Inspire Lecture Theatre in Bournemouth University’s new Fusion Building, featured guests such as the Mayor and Mayoress of both Bournemouth and Poole.
The inspiring young people who developed the video took charge of the event, telling the audience why mental health is a topic they’re all passionate about and informing us of their own experiences with mental health.
The young people then introduced the film, which received a great response. We were then all asked to tweet the first 3 words that came to us when watching a second time:
— Georgina Hurcombe (@ghurcombe) October 10, 2017
#lifeunfiltered three words …. film is amazing
— Ian Jones (@imjones13) October 10, 2017
#lifeunfiltered brilliant, insightful, honest, courageous
— Claire Lawrenson (@poole_plumsey) October 10, 2017
On working on the film, LoveLove Films’ Managing Director Georgina Hurcombe said: “We were delighted to be commissioned by Bournemouth University to produce the #lifeunfiltered short film with a group of remarkable young people from the Dorset Area. We ran numerous workshops with the young people to develop the short film, from scripting sessions to blue screen shoots and showing the young people the editing process in our studios.”
Set up 15 years ago, World Mental Health Day is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and observed every year on 10th October.
They state the objective of the day is: “Raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.”
The young people who developed the film have big aspirations for it, planning to tour around schools to raise awareness about mental health issues in young people.
To find out more about the organisations involved, visit:
Equality and Diversity at BU: https://www.facebook.com/EqualityatBU
Dorset Mind: www.dorsetmind.uk
Dorset Mental Health Forum: www.dorsetmentalhealthforum.org.uk
Healthwatch Dorset: www.healthwatch.co.uk
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