Hackney Life

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What does Hackney Life mean to you?

Show the world what the real Hackney is like

Deadline extended: Submit by midnight on Friday 30th March 2012

People of Hackney!

  • What does Hackney mean to you?
  • What do you want the rest of the world to know about Hackney?
  • What’s your favourite place or person in Hackney and why?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Hackney today?

We want you to record your view of the area and upload it via YouTube for the chance to be part of a film that will be screened in summer 2012.

This film is all about exploring what’s unique about life in Hackney today, and the only people who can really do that is you, the Hackney community.

Film your contribution and upload it to YouTube by midnight on 30th March 2012 for the chance to be included.

Plus: Are you the voice of Hackney? We’re looking for a young narrator for the film. Click here to find out more.

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What are we looking for?

Hackney Museum and local production company Mosaic Films have partnered to produce a short film about life in Hackney today. We’re looking for contributions from across the borough, whether you fancy yourself a filmmaker or have never picked up a camera before.

You might want to film something as simple as what you see from your window, or you might want to film a person or place that you think expresses what life in Hackney is all about. It might be in your home, your local park or high street – we really don’t mind. We just want to see and hear your view of Hackney.

It’s your personal view rather than your filmmaking skills that we’re after. You can record on pretty much anything: a stills camera, camcorder or even a mobile phone. We’re even open to receiving material that has been shot in the past three years. There are some simple guidelines, which you can read on to find out about.

If your material is selected to be used in the film, you will be credited as a co-director and get the chance to see your film on the big screen.

There are some questions that we specifically want the film to address and which you may wish to take as your starting point:

  • What does Hackney mean to you?
  • What do you want the rest of the world to know about Hackney?
  • What’s your favourite place or person in Hackney and why?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Hackney today?

We really want to see as much of Hackney as possible, so you might want to think about filming from different perspectives or at different times of day. There are some guidelines for filming below, as well as tips on how to get the best from the experience. Please ensure you have familiarised yourself with these, and the all-important small print, before submitting your material.

If you don’t find the answer to your question below, then contact us at hackneylife@mosaicfilms.com.

Filmmaking Tips

Thinking of submitting something to Hackney Life but not sure where to start? Here are some tips:

  • Show Don’t Tell

Show us what you’re talking about. It’s much more powerful to see something than to hear it described. It’s fine to see you or your subject talking, but why not think about what else you can film? Perhaps you can film examples of what you’re talking about, whether it’s Hackney’s green, open spaces or its busy weekend crowds. Try following a friend or family member – as long as you have the permission of the person or people you’re filming there are no limits to what you can record. Download our appearance release forms (Word format):

Adult or Under 18

What Don’t We Know About Hackney?

We’re really looking forward to seeing and hearing people’s views on Hackney’s great landmarks like Ridley Road Market and Hackney Marshes. We’d also really, really like to see some of its lesser known people and places. Why not head to Well Street or Clapton Common or take us into your home? Surprise us!

Think About Sound

Try and think about the sounds you’re capturing as well as the sights. If someone’s talking, then try and make sure they’re in a quiet place, or that your microphone is pointing away from any source of loud noise so that we have a better chance of hearing them. Please don’t include music with your submission – we won’t be able to use your piece if you do.

Think About Picture

Please try and hold your shots for a minimum of 10 seconds. Avoid overdoing the pans and zooms as it makes it very hard to edit your material. Think about exactly what you’re shooting and experiment with filming from different angles or distances.Make sure you avoid capturing sound or picture that includes copyrighted material, even if it’s in the background. This might include commercial music playing on a radio or sound system, a television that’s turned on, or a piece of artwork visible in the frame.

All Kinds of Hackney

We’d like to see Hackney in all seasons, so if you have any material that you’ve already shot and would like to submit, then please do – as long as it was shot within the last three years.We’d also like to see Hackney at different times of day – sunrise, sunset, nighttime and daytime – as well as from multiple perspectives such as inside homes or on buses.

Need inspiration? Here are some ideas suggested to us by members of the Hackney community:

  • Green spaces
  • People and communities
  • Nightlife
  • Markets
  • Cycling in Hackney
  • Creative Hackney
  • Personal moments and public events

How To Submit

When you have shot your material, you need to do two things:

  1. Upload it onto your YouTube channel and submit it to the HackneyLife2012 project
  2. Send the digitised file directly to us attaching the submission form. You can send the footage using a service like We Transfer or YouSendIt or as a file on a DVD. Please note: we cannot accept tape submissions. Please digitise your file according to our technical specifications.

The address for submissions and any questions is hackneylife@mosaicfilms.com

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