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Transforming Lives

During the last few months, I have had the pleasure of producing some video content for a Bradford based company called Industrial Services Group (ISG).  They are a Supported Business, owned by Bradford Council, but self sustaining with financial budgets and targets to meet just like any other business.  Their main characteristic is that they employ people with disabilities through something called the Work Choice Programme.  It was a really interesting experience, as I had no idea companies like this even existed.

ISG manufacture windows and doors, and also create, fit and maintain festival lights for numerous clients across the country.  They were interested in producing a corporate video to not only advertise their services, but also to highlight the good work that they do helping disabled people gain employment.

We decided upon a format of four short programmes, of around five minutes each:

– Episode 1 would introduce people to ISG and how they work.

– Episode 2 would concentrate on their windows and doors manufacturing department.

– Episode 3 would concentrate on their festival lights service.

– Episode 4 would follow the journey of two former ISG employees.

We began shooting for them in December, as this was the perfect time to get footage of their Christmas lights on location.  But it was the filming for episode 4 that I found particularly insightful.  We interviewed two former ISG employees, who had been through the Work Choice programme, and who had now gained full time employment as a result of completing the scheme through ISG.  Despite the disadvantages that these people faced, they have overcome these and now have regular jobs.  This was really inspiring to see, especially when learning their stories.  If you watch nothing else online today, have a look at episode 4 by following the links below.

We wrapped up filming around March and submitted the final product to them in April, which can now be viewed on their website here or on my video production page here.

 

New Video Production Page

Yet another massive space of time between my last post and this one, but being a university student tends to steal a lot of time away from you! Students get a lot of bad press, as everyone seems to think we spend all our time sleeping, drinking, or sitting around on our backside playing video games. While some of that is true, it’s also bloody hard work. Having to cram an essay, three reports, two documentaries, two programme proposals, two programme pitches and prepare for a final end of year project all into the space of a couple of weeks is all rather stressful… especially when you’re juggling it with real life.

However, as I approach the end of my second year, I’ve been finding a bit of time to update my site with a couple of new pages (and fixing some broken links!) and the main one I’ve been working on is the new Video Production page. The page consists of some of the more sensible productions I’ve created, as opposed to the daft stuff like the Snowbloke and Snowmutt one and the Spider’s Fate. The aim is to try and get back into creative video production, after spending several years in the legal sector editing and enhancing footage for courtroom use.

I’m a big fan of the editing process, and there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a production reach completion after spending so much time with it, so with that in mind I have created this new page in an attempt to get some more production and editing work.

So, fingers crossed, have a mooch and feel free to let me know what you think… but only if you like it ;-)

Cheers, and I hope you had a great Easter… and Christmas… and all those other events that happened between now and my previous post. You probably even had a birthday too… so Happy Birthday.

Jay.

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