Our students were extremely fortunate to work with Paul Press on the award-winning Who Asks Us project. He believes very strongly in giving young people opportunities to learn new skills, challenge themselves and raise their aspirations. He showed total commitment to supporting and encouraging our students and empowering them to have the self-belief to produce a documentary film they are immensely proud of. The knowledge, skills and confidence they acquired as a result of working with Paul on the project have ensured that these students are more focused and more proactive about their futures and has given them a huge advantage over their peers.
The Film Workshop was a great success – fully booked with all students not only coming back each day, but armed with costumes and plenty of enthusiasm! Paul Press and his team were absolutely fantastic with the young people and the film they produced, ‘Camp Zombie’, is fantastic!
I have been working with Paul and his filmmaking team for many years and have seen the power of film making in education. Students simply thrive when given the challenge of writing, filming, producing, editing and promoting their own films. They work as young leaders and develop their practical, creative and technical skills. Most importantly, they feel proud of their work and see the tangible, successful outcomes. Young people’s confidence grows. And, they have fun!
The young filmmakers really helped me get to where I am now. Without them I would not have had any film experience that I needed to have in order to apply to university. Not only was it film based skills, but I also made new friends and improved my social skills working with different groups of people.
The first time I met Paul I was in year 9 and he came in to my school to do a promotional video with us. Within hours of working with him I felt like I could do this forever and I asked if I could go to him for work experience. Since then, Paul has invited me along to so many different filming opportunities and given me the knowledge and skills I need to go on and study to become a professional film maker. He’s inspired me to do something I never considered doing before I met him and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities he has given me!
I have learnt a lot about film making, such as sound recording, video recording, interviewing and editing. I also learnt about teamwork and leadership through small films and the main film.
We had a very positive day and it was a great help for us to gain a far better insight into film making from the experts. It was great to feel so supported in all aspects of the film making and especially good to have adequate time and support to actually edit and finalise the films.
Your professionalism over the length of the summer school, inspired commitment and discipline and has received very positive feedback from the pupils, parents and senior staff. I believe that your work with the students has improved their media skills by introducing them to new approaches. You and your team have broadened their horizons and encouraged them to see that media can be used as a tool that can capture their imagination, cultivate their creativity and be fun at the same time!