Common Ground @ Roydon Common

Header photo credit: Julie Smart, Aug 2020

We teamed up with our pals over at Norfolk Wildlife Trust for this project. Carry on reading below for all the details, and view the final film on our blog post here.

Taster Session

On 9 August 2021, we invited a group of young people from King’s Lynn and the surrounding area to join us on our taster day at Roydon Common. This session was all about exploring the common and learning more about filmmaking from the professionals over at Reel Connections.

The group went on a pit-stop tour around the site led by Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s very own expert, before heading back to the nearby Knights Hill Hotel.

After a well-needed lunch break, the group were introduced to their task for the following week: to shoot, produce and edit their own 5-minute film documenting Roydon Common for Norfolk Wildlife Trust to use. No biggie.

Photo credit: Kerry Bensley

Nature Documentary Filmmaking Course

From 16-20 August, Reel Connections led the group of 13-18 year olds through a free 5 day course that was all about learning the ins and outs of nature and wildlife filmmaking.

From photographing the common and saying hi to the Dartmoor ponies, to interviewing each other and creating music for the final video, the crew were involved every step of the way to make the film their own.

Highlights of the week included learning the film industry lingo (PTC, anyone?), getting the low-down on wildlife presenting from Ajay Tegala, and using all the professional equipment to capture the common and its wildlife. There may even have been a sly snake sighting during the week. 🐍

By the end of the week, the crew had got some cracking footage and learned loads of new editing skills to complete their artistic brief set by Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Celebration Day

The crew attended the premiere of their film at a private celebration event on Thursday 9 September. Held at the Majestic Cinema in King’s Lynn, they were able to see the final version of their film up on the big screen for the first time. Popcorn included. 🍿

View the incredible result here and visit our Instagram to keep up with all the other brill content captured by the crew.