We have a keen interest in working in the educational arena both onsite in educational establishments (e.g. Timebase) and in the community (e.g. Drugs and My Generation).
All of the videos we make contribute to life long learning as our approach aims to stimulate an understanding of multi-media to enable people of all ages to become participants rather than observers in an ever-growing media dominated world.
|Drugs and My Generation, Walsall
It's About Time were commissioned by the Walsall West HAZ and Walsall Community Arts Team to produce a tool to assist the Drug Awareness Programme specifically for the 50+ age range, a previously untargeted group. The video was produced in a series of art and video workshops with mature community members living in and around Walsall.
"The feedback I have received from the various participants has been extremely rewarding and encouraging. Your commitment and professionalism to ensure the success of the project was evident for all to see…It particularly met a target by the Home Office .."To bridge the age gap between Young and Old by means of volunteer work"
Project co-ordinator and Monitoring Officer NACRO
VHS, 16 min, with accompanying brochure, 2001.
Screened on Community Channel (Cable TV), 2002.
CD-ROM, Blakenhale Junior and infant school
|Featured on Time base : The Junior School Multi-Media
With the help of local historian Colin Pitt, It's About Time and teachers Peter Stanbury and Dawn Walker worked with children to examine local history focusing on the following key areas: Architecture, Fashion, Transport, Children's games and Maps.
Our participatory approach allowed the children to gain hands-on experience of video production, sound recording, scanning, photography and multimedia authoring, in ten after-school sessions.
With the help of the children It's About Time then used this data to create a local history multi-media CD ROM.
|The Infant's Animation project
This smaller project involved eighteen 6 -7 years olds from Blakenhale Infants School in three animation workshops (over 7 sessions). They prepared drawings on the topics of Future Architecture, Future Transport and Future Fashion. These were animated using a rostrum camera system operated by the children themselves. The three animations were included on the CD ROM.
"I cannot start to explain the tremendous amount of fun, commitment, knowledge and general sense of purpose that was associated with the project thanks.., to the It's About Time Productions team with their enthusiasm, skills and wide ranging talents"
"This was the single most successful, effective, meaningful and satisfactory project in which I have been involved in 17 years…The knowledge acquired and the varied skills learned made this the outstanding project of my teaching career."
Co-ordinator and teacher, Blakenhale Junior School
|Girls TV, Calthorpe Park Playcentre
Girls TV was a girls only project to create a children's magazine programme, with elements including cooking, drama, news and interviews. It was produced in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
VHS, 10 minutes, 1998.
Screened at the Young Co-operative Filmmakers Festival at the Museum for Moving Image, London, Southbank '98.