As a charity we love collaborating with organisations and other charities that share our ethos and values. One such recent collaboration was creating and producing a documentary for the Orpheus Centre - a specialised college supporting young disabled adults in their transition to independent living, helping students gain confidence through performing arts.
The Orpheus Centre commissioned See Change Films to produce a film capturing the journey and development of individual students during their outreach project together with Kings College. Read more to find out what Selina Bartlett, the Community Fundraiser at the Orpheus Centre, had to say about working on this documentary project with us.
Selina, how did you initially hear about See Change Films?
One of the bodies funding our outreach projects is The Queen’s Trust. They proposed to us the opportunity to capture one of our outreaches on film and recommended See Change Films. It costs over £1,000 per day to run the centre - it’s crucial that we keep fundraising and finding new ways in which we raise the profile of Orpheus, which this film will enable us to do. We wanted to go with a trustworthy company that’s already done this type of work before, and the recommendation from the The Queens Trust gave us confidence to go ahead working with Helen and See Change Films (SCF).
What was the background for this film?
We wanted a professionally put-together documentary that will help us to market ourselves to new audiences and capture one of the outreach projects we are involved in - our tutors, along with our Orpheus students go into different community groups to complete an intense song-week with our students acting as mentors to the group. The point of the outreaches in general is to go to places where we can make a real difference and change the course of people’s lives - so often we go to prisons, pupil referral units or in this case, to specialised schools, such as Kings College, where students tend to come from various different backgrounds and walks of life.
What did you want the film to capture?
We wanted the film to capture the journey of the students from Kings College, the interaction between our students, the Kings students growing and developing with our students mentoring them plus the impact this creative process has had on their confidence.
What was your experience of working with See Change Films?
Working with SCF was fantastic from start to finish. There was lots of communication and talking through ideas - SCF were really good at listening to what we wanted, and also coming up with ideas that would capture our aims and objectives. They were also very open to our ideas; if we weren’t 100% happy with something or put forward a suggestion, they always took that on board and would on come back with a new idea.
What stands out for your about their approach?
When it came to the actual filming process, the team was really on point in terms of keeping to time, scheduling the right and appropriate interviews and also keeping me involved. They were also really good at interacting with our students. We were dealing with quite sensitive subjects, such as anti-bullying and people’s experiences of being a young carer. So they were really good at changing and adapting their approach without making anyone feel uncomfortable. Overall it was a really pleasant experience working with SCF, and everyone came back with raving reviews about them - I would very much like to do it again, and would highly recommend working with SCF.
How are you planning to use the finished film?
We will use the film as a marketing tool to get new supporters, new regular donors - and really just to market us in a new way. We’re a really small charity in a tiny little village in Surrey - this film will help us to shout a bit louder amongst others. We’ll be taking it to all the different community groups we have links with, and hopefully to all our corporate organisations as well. We’ve already been sharing the film with some bigger organisations - we recently introduced it to Rotary at our performance, and the response was phenomenal.