Chocolate Films offers the ASDAN Expressive Arts Short Course for young people who take part in the organisation’s film-making and digital media projects, each of which run for at least 10 hours.
Chocolate Films has used this Short Course successfully with a number of young people in London. Most recently, they have worked with more than 30 budding film-makers who produced three short films for a learning project entitled Point of View. This project has been produced by Chocolate Films in partnership with the National Autistic Society and Grange Park School, and it was supported by the Lottery through the BFI’s First Light initiative.
One group made a short documentary, while others made a drama and an animation. The participants engaged with professional film-makers and were trained in all aspects of film-making, including script-writing, stop-motion animation, camera and sound skills, green screen technology and editing. These new films were premiered at the Curzon Cinema Soho in March.
Recently, 21 young people from Brixton successfully achieved their ASDAN Short Course by taking part in the Becoming Brixton project, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Chocolate Films worked with this group to create documentaries. Participants spent hours of their time researching the theme of uprising by focusing on the riots of the 1980s and 2011.
As an ASDAN centre, Chocolate Films is able to provide young people with the opportunity to gain accreditation as they participate in a creative learning project. Not only do they learn new and transferable skills in film-making and editing but they also develop higher levels of confidence, better teamwork skills, and new creative ways of learning and expressing themselves.