Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Counselling Training

I've started my Certificate in Counselling at the Norwich Centre. I did the introduction course over the summer and really enjoyed it. What's counselling got to do with filmmaking? Well there's a lot of listening when it comes to drawing out people's stories and I need to build trust so that people have the confidence to open up. The best films are the ones that enable the viewer to empathise with the people in them - these are the ones that are going to change hearts and minds. I was excited to discover that there are films on YouTube of Carl Rogers explaining his theories about person-centred counselling. Here he is talking about the core condition of empathy:

Saturday, September 7, 2013

OUT140 Movies

I'm going to be running a workshop about OUT140 at booQfest, Northampton's festival with a literary bent, next week so I've been gathering up some of the 12 second films people made when we first launched OUT140 as a multimedia show on the Fusion screen in the Forum in January 2010. At the time, there was a website called which suggested that a movie equivalent of a tweet would last 12 seconds. The website no longer exists but I still love the idea of micro-movie-making and will show some of the films next week. Here is a selection.