Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Last day

Top row: left to right -  
Alomghir Hussain aka “AXE,”
Shahid Miah aka “Hustle on Shah-Hood Star”
Maz Islam aka “Mej”
Raju Rahman aka “Rex”
Middle row: left to right -
Mohibur Rahman aka “Bigii”
Alom aka “OG MOB”
Aminul Islam aka “Drummer Dude Amz”
Majed Ahmed aka “Maj”
Riyadh Choudhury
Mohammad Samad aka “Monsta Samz”
First row: left to right -
Dilwar Hussain aka “Dilo”
Abdul Wajid Miah/Lara Naqushbandi in the top picture
Nozir Ali aka “Nozman”
Momtaz Begum



Riyadh Chowdhury

Aminul Islam
Abdul Samad
Mazahrul Islam 

Raju Rahman

Fahim Miah
Majed Ahmed 

Sound engineers
Shahid Miah
Aminul Islam
Mazahrul Islam
Alimuz Zaman 

Alomgir Hussain
Shahid Miah
Abdul Samad
Dilwar Hussain
Sophie Herbert
Riaz Hussain
Billie Pryer

Dorbesh Ali
Moybul Ali

Meeting the Industry Professional

The young film makers met an established industry executive to get valuable feedback on their film. The film makers also had an interesting question and answer session with Paul Johnson.

Profile on Paul Johnson:
CEO of Tuvalu Entertainment Ltd / BAFTA Member
Paul has had over 25 years experience in the entertainment industry. He is a producer with a degree in Mass Communication and Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Ex board member of BAFTA and the Endemol Group. At the Endemol group he was involved in the global production and distribution that included Deal or No Deal, WIPEOUT, 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow, The Whole 19 Yards, and of course Big Brother. His core experience is in managing large scale production projects in excess of €100 million. He has a very strong marketing background and a premium production style quality is very much a part of his DNA. His skill suit is understanding how to finance, market/package and produce a film or TV production on a small or large scale.

Creating the Press Release

The young film makers created a press release for the launch of their film. 

Young Film Makers Bridge Gaps with their Canary Wharf Neighbors

14th December - A team of young filmmakers from Poplar celebrated the completion of their docu-drama about building bridges between Canary Wharf and young people in Tower Hamlets this week.

The fifteen young filmmakers, aged between 13-15 years old, are all members of local youth group Leaders in Community. Their short film, entitled “Canary Wharf Neighbours”, aims to break down stereotypes about young people in Poplar and city workers in Canary Wharf, and was created over a period of six months, under the direction of a post-graduate and industry trained local film-maker, Abdul Miah.

Despite living only five minutes away from Canary Wharf, many of the young people felt disconnected from London’s financial district and the people working there. Through the project, which was entirely youth-led, they interviewed and spoke to a number of city professionals and got a chance to learn about employment opportunities available to local young people in Canary Wharf. “It’s been a really fun experience and I’ve learnt loads of new skills, especially editing” said Fahim Miah, while according to Nozir Ali, “the best thing was the acting”.

The project participants were also taught scriptwriting, filming, editing and music production by Abdul Miah, who praised their efforts and progress: “It's been an epic journey, from our very first session, to where we got to see the kids develop and really take ownership of this film – I’m really proud of them.”

This film-making project has been funded by Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association, as part of an ongoing set of programs to raise aspirations and build skills in young people in the Poplar area. “Canary Wharf Neighbours” will be screened publicly in early January 2011.

For further information please contact: Jilll Fricker on 07960 894 745 ( or Momtaz Begum on 0207 987 8796

About Leaders in Community
LIC is a youth-led organisation for young leaders across Tower Hamlets and Newham that has been working since 2006 to empower young people in leadership and governance through creativity. Our aim is to be the motivating force that will enable and allow young people to take up leadership and management roles in decision-making structures in our local communities. We provide an environment of creative learning in project development, management, fundraising and leadership skills.

About Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association
Poplar HARCA is a registered social landlord which owns and manages around 8,500 homes in Poplar, East London. Our role is to help bring about the social, urban and economic regeneration of the Poplar area. We operate in an area of long-standing social and economic deprivation with high levels of social exclusion. We aim to meet the need for good quality affordable housing. We are a non-profit organisation and a registered charity.

About Abdul Miah
Abdul Miah is a formally trained Broadcast Journalist and film-maker from East London. He has worked for a number of media organisations including BBC Radio, Bloomberg Television, United Nations IRIN News, the Press Association and Radio Salaam Shalom. He is currently working on a freelance basis on media-related community projects.

Creating the Music Tracks

The young film makers used Adobe Logic to create the music beats for their film. Please see the list below:
File 1:
File Name: LIC_Shahid rap.mp3
File Size: 1.3 MB
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File 2:
File Name: LIC_Platform.mp3
File Size: 1.1 MB
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File 3:
File Name: LIC_Maz.mp3
File Size: 2.7 MB
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File 4:
File Name: LIC_Canary wharf.mp3
File Size: 1.3 MB
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File 5:
File Name: LIC_Aminul.mp3
File Size: 2.4 MB
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Editing the Film

The young people of Leader in Community used Adobe Premier Pro to edit their docu-drama. By this stage the East London based film makers were split in smaller groups as they focussed on making the music tracks and marketing their big film premier.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Filming DLR scene

The young film makers from LiC spent an afternoon filming their DLR scene. The young people were divided into cast and crew and fulfilled their duties really well.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Filming in Canary Wharf

The young film makers from Poplar spent two afternoons interviewing people who work in Canary Wharf.  Lawyers, bankers and HR professionals agreed to give up their time and take part in this project. The young people from Poplar primarily wanted to find out:

- What jobs the workers in Canary Wharf did and how they got there
- What opportunities there are for young people from Tower Hamlets
- What views the people of Canary Wharf held of young people from neighbouring boroughs
- Whether the people of Canary Wharf felt building a relationship with Tower Hamlets was important
- Whether the workers in Canary Wharf would ever consider giving up their free time to help mentor young people in Tower Hamlets?

Interestingly many of the preconceived views shared by the young film makers during the drama and story development workshops were found to be wrong. A lot of young people were surprised at how humble and open the people of Canary Wharf were, as they came outside in the cold giving up their time to contribute towards the film. Many interviewees did agree to come back to the youth centre and help the young people with team building sessions.  Through these engagements, young people hope to become aware of the range of opportunities out there and the possible routes to achieving them, and more importantly, to build an ongoing connection with Canary Wharf.