Series


What Makes Me Me?

Posted on April 23rd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on What Makes Me Me?

What Makes Me Me? And Other Interesting Questions is a humorous and engaging series of short films voiced by Robert Webb, exploring fundamental philosophical concepts through everyday questions that children ask, and adults often struggle to answer.

Using a combination of beautifully animated parables and live-action discussions with children, the series asks questions like, ‘What’s fair?’; ‘Why should I be good?’ and ‘What makes me, me?’. Aimed at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7 – 11) and narrated by comedian Robert Webb, these films artfully lead children through practical, philosophical journeys where they are encouraged to think laterally and creatively.

The animations are adapted from stories from Jason Buckley (The Philosophy Man) and Peter Worley’s The If Machine, and explore concepts such as morality, identity, perception and equality, linking them to topics of study in the curriculum and also to themes and subject matter relevant to … Read More »



Give More

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Web. Comments Off on Give More

Working with the Citizenship Foundation‘s Giving Nation programme, Mosaic Films produced a series of three short animations introducing the Give More movement to schools.

Give More encourages people to pledge to commit more time, money and energy to helping the charitable causes they care about. The Citizenship Foundation – an independent education charity that focusses on developing young people’s citizenship skills – commissioned us to make short calls to action to engage young people with the aims of the project.

Animation Director: Salvador Maldonado
Producer: Kerry McLeod


Belief In Dialogue

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Belief In Dialogue

A series of six short films as part of the Open University and the British Council project Belief in Dialogue, which seeks to build global awareness and understanding between communities around issues of diversity and culture.

The series engages with issues such as; can religion and science ever be reconciled?; what does community mean in our increasingly transnational world? and what makes a society democratic?

Director: Dylan Howitt
Producer: Kerry McLeod

                        Coffee
Coffee shops are a traditional place to meet, discuss and share ideas throughout the world. Due to the rise in internet cafes offering free wifi, modern coffee shops are welcoming a new generation through their doors. This film connects a group of devoted social media activists in a coffee shop in Britain with their peers in Amman, exploring their thoughts on … Read More »



Famine, War & Corruption

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Famine, War & Corruption

Famine, War & Corruption is a series of short films exploring the ways in which the western media can distort significant issues in the global south, produced for the Institute of Development Studies as part of their work in understanding how policy and opinion on international development is shaped. View via IDS.

 7 x 5’, Institute of Development Studies 2011

Director: Anton Califano



Why Poverty: UK Shorts

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Why Poverty: UK Shorts

Why Poverty? UK Shorts is an eclectic series of short documentaries taking a fresh look at poverty in the UK. The issues covered include the vicious cycle of debt and poverty; the psychological impact of living in poverty; and the power of friendship and community to help people turn their lives around. The films are produced by Mosaic Films in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, BBC Storyville and the global Why Poverty? project by STEPS International. They were commissioned as the result of an open call for submissions, to find filmmakers who could produce an authentic portrayal of poverty in the UK. Around a hundred entries were submitted nationwide and were whittled down to six finalists, who then took part in a live pitch in front of a judging panel at 2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Festivals: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011

The Car’s Got To … Read More »



Animated Minds

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Animated Minds

Animated Minds is a series of short animated documentaries which use real testimonies of teenage experiences of mental distress, combined with engaging visuals, to climb inside the world of young people struggling with issues such as anxiety disorders, self-harm and depression, eating disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.

Find out more and watch the films at www.animatedminds.com

Producer/Director: Andy Glynne
Animation Director: Katerina Athanasopoulou, Salvador Maldonado, Matthew Morgan, Billie Loebner

Awards:
Winner, Secondary Learning, BAFTA Children’s Awards 2009
Winner, 14-19 Years, RTS Education Awards 2009
Winner, Young People’s Media, Mental Health Media Awards 2009
Winner, Best Animation, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2009
Winner, Best Educational Film, Holland Animation Film Festival 2009

Episodes:

Becoming Invisible
Violent nightmares, suicidal wishes and an inability to live in your own skin. This film explores the dynamics that can drive young people to develop eating disorders beyond talk of the Size Zero culture and peer pressure. … Read More »



Britain Recut

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Britain Recut

Mosaic Films, Channel 4 and the BFI joined forces to produce Britain Recut, a groundbreaking series of short films by four new filmmakers.

For the first time in its history, the BFI made historic documentary footage by the early pioneers of documentary available to the public to re-edit into their own short films, as part of an online competition which saw the four winning films screened on Channel 4, and entering the BFI National Archive.

The filmmakers were challenged to comment on an aspect of life in contemporary Britain by recutting public information films from the 1940’s and 50’s. The results range from the experience of refugees arriving in London, to how we have fun, rationing and working mothers, and display the creative potential of this archive. In turns playful and poignant, they ask how much life in Britain has changed since … Read More »



A Year in Tibet

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on A Year in Tibet

5 x 60-minute films for BBC4, in partnership with Seven Stones Media

For the first time, the BBC has been able to film inside Tibet unsupervised by Chinese authorities, to follow the lives of ordinary Tibetans across an extraordinary year. This unprecedented access gives a remarkable insight into the significance of Buddhism in everyday life and the complex and often surprising relationship between Tibetans and the Chinese immigrants who they live and work alongside.

The series is both an intimate observation of a society and a compelling insight into the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on Tibetans’ lives.

Visit http://www.youtube.com for a playlist for the series.

Executive Producer: Adam Alexander and Jeremy Gibson
Producer: Peter Firstbrook
Director: (Location) Sun Shuyun

Episodes

1/5 The Visit  In the first episode, the Panchen Lama, the highest-ranking Buddhist living in Tibet today, pays a sudden visit to the local monastery and throws the monks … Read More »



Made in India

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on Made in India

‘Made In India’ is the first in the innovative ‘Made In…’ Series produced by DFG Films and now by Mosaic Films. Eight short documentaries made by Indian filmmakers on the eve of the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence, give very personal perspectives on what independence means to them.

Series Producer: Andy Glynne

Episodes:

The Broken Land
A lyrical journey down the Jessore road that separates West Bengal from Bangladesh, which evokes memories of the upheaval and displacement that affected the director’s family at the time of independence and partition.

Director: Debalina Majumder

Body British, Heart Hindustani
The Ambassador car is a common sight on roads all across India, and has become a measure of something “truly Indian”, and yet it has a history that connects it to British Colonialism. It is an English design that has been adopted by Indians and adapted to the Indian roads. Body British, … Read More »



Blood Matters

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Web. Comments Off on Blood Matters

Channel 4/ National Blood Service, 2004

Four short, animated documentaries at the cutting edge of their form in their use of animation, documentary and new media, explore the eye-opening issue of blood donation. The series was produced as a slate of films for Channel 4’s The Slot, entitled Blood Matters, in association with The National Blood Service.

Series Producer: Andy Glynne

What’s Blood Got To Do With It?

An irreverent, Python-esque lightning-fast tour through the history of the uses and misuses of blood, mixing informative narrative, with humorous visuals. Narrated by the refreshingly absurd comedian Alexei Sayle.

Director: Andy Glynne
Animation Director: Jim Field
Narrator: Alexei Sayle

Leona. Alone.

This film chronicles the experiences of Leona, a black girl, born with Sickle Cell Disease. Now a teenager, she candidly describes the regular stream of hospital visits, sickle cell crises and blood transfusions that have become the fabric of her life.

Director: … Read More »



The Tube Series II

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on The Tube Series II

The second, award-winning series of The Tube follows London Underground drivers, station staff, and managers through the Underground system, revealing it to the public through their eyes.

ITV London, 2004

Executive Producer: Colin Luke
Series Producer: Lucy Willis
Director: Will Grove-White and Daniel Waring

Awards:

Winner, RTS London Award for ‘Best Independent Producer’

Underground Crime

Mind the Gap
Jackie starts her new job as a station assistant at King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station. Meanwhile engineers are called out to work on a live track in a Central Line tunnel.

Under Pressure
A Circle Line driver has to cope with an attempted suicide.

The Ups and Downs
Will the east side of underground station Canary Wharf be ready in time for Ken Livingstone’s scheduled appointment to officially open it?

Open All Hours
Two weeks after the terrorist attack in Madrid, an unattended bag causes a station evacuation on the Piccadilly line.

All Change
Trainee driver Terence learns … Read More »



The Thames Through Time

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on The Thames Through Time

For over 2,000 years, the Thames has dominated the lives of Londoners. This 6-part series brings the history of the river alive with stories which link the past with the present and shows how the capital’s river has shaped the lives of ordinary working people since Roman times.

Carlton, 2004

Series Producer: Peter Firstbrook
Director: Daniel Waring & Paul Henley

Episodes:

Workhorse of the Estuary
The crew of the Adieu are battling for line honours at this year’s Southend Sailing Barge match. Once thousands of these barges plied the Thames estuary, laden with cargo. Today, only 30 of these elegant sailing crafts survive, mainly as charter boats. As the race unfolds, enthusiasts and retired barge skippers alike tell the remarkable story of how, for more than a hundred years, the Thames sailing barge has kept London supplied with the essentials of life.

Boom and Bust in Docklands
For … Read More »



EUtopia

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on EUtopia

This documentary series is an ambitious pan-European co-production, filmed in the 15 countries of the European Union and also in the USA, Iceland, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Albania, and Kosovo.

Using the well-known Mosaic Method a method developed across a number of major documentary productions, Mosaic Films worked with 45 filmmakers producing the material, which makes up the final twenty half hours. One filmmaker Yseult Digan, filmed a remarkable “double” – two half hour stories about French squatters in south London. The episodes are called Squatville and Loveville.

Other filmmakers have been involved in shooting a variety of fascinating subjects, from Wanderlust, in which we see German families buying up properties in Sweden and Portugal, to Greek and Pleasant Land, in which an Englishman tussles with his Greek neighbours over developing his land using EU grants. We go inside the EU … Read More »



The Tube: Series I

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on The Tube: Series I

A documentary series about the London Underground network, The Tube follows its drivers, station staff, and managers about their work, showing the Underground system to the public through their eyes.

Carlton, 2003

Executive Producer: Colin Luke
Series Producer: Lucy Willis
Director: Will Grove-White and Joyce Trozzo

Awards:

Winner, RTS London Award for ‘Spirit of London’
Winner, RTS London Award for ‘Best Independent Producer’

Episodes:

Strike
The strikes and tensions of summer 2002.

24 Hours
London Bridge Station supervisor Brian Valentine has to work through the night while a team of engineers carry out essential maintenance work on the track, whilst computer technician Geoff Marshall sets off on his mission to break the world record for the fastest time to travel the entire underground network.

One Under
Train driver Karen Jordan returns to work following a three month break owing to trauma suffered when a man threw himself under her train. Meanwhile a suicide attempt … Read More »



Unholy Land

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on Unholy Land

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the state of Israel, Unholy Land was shot in Israel and Palestine by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers.

Channel 4, 1998

A series of films shot by Palestinian and Israeli filmmakers that take us into the lives of ordinary men and women who live in an extraordinary region of the world, Unholy Land was made using a unique production method pioneered by Colin Luke and Adam Alexander. Each filmmaker worked alone with just a small digital camera, following subjects closely and at length. Their rushes were then edited in London into separate films, of lengths ranging from 15 minutes to one hour. This approach, already employed to great effect in the BBC series Russian Wonderland (1995) and United Kingdom! (1997), combines the intimacy and vitality achieved by video diaries with the structure and rigour of the professional documentary … Read More »






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