Primary seven pupils of Rothesay Primary School were privileged to receive digital training by a BAFTA award-winning filmmaker, as part of their ongoing work with the Digital Commonwealth Project.
David Newman, who won the ‘New Talent’ accolade in 2013 for his work on the film ‘The State of Greenock’ - a satirical film imagining Greenock as an independent state with its own president - showed the pupils of Miss Henry’s class how to conduct interviews on camera, operate the equipment, and how to edit the finished product.
The pupils seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the production process, running about the campus to film establishing shots and cutaways, and The Buteman even picked up a few tips along the way!
The Digital Commonwealth Project’s aim is to “enhance the capacity of individuals and groups to use freely available mobile digital (and social) media tools and techniques to ensure their voices are heard in a saturated (and often commercially) motivated media landscape”.
Pupils have already conducted a number of interviews with local sportsmen and women, including Dundee FC’s Jim McAlister, Bute Shinty Club’s Iain MacDonald, lawn bowler David McMurchie, Janice Soane from Bute Sailing Club, Highland Dance teacher Margaret-Anne Speirs, and golfer Jane Gillies, all of which are available on their Digital Commonwealth Project page.
Click on the video above to see how the pupils got on.
To view the school’s DCP page online, click here.