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Two Suitcases Project: Free Mid-Term Film Week for Teenagers Living with Chronic Illness

Helium has been awarded an Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme grant to hold a film week during the mid-term break (Oct 30th-Nov 2nd) in which teenagers living with chronic illness will collaborate with professional filmmakers to develop their filmmaking and animation skills. This film week is free for all participants and is being developed as part of Helium’s Two Suitcases Project . We are delighted to announce that the Digital Hub Development Agency will be partnering with Helium on the project.

The Two Suitcases film week will be facilitated by collaborative artist Siobhán Clancy, filmmakers Anna Rodgers (MND: The Inside Track, No Laughing Matter) & Alan Brennan (Earthbound), scenic artist Sandra Butler, and writer Ben Murnane. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and make their own short films, and take part in workshops in the following areas: scriptwriting, storyboarding, camera operation, directing, animation, set design, and editing.

This project will facilitate online participation for teenagers who are unable to attend the film week in person through different virtual platforms. Helium is also developing a private creative webspace where teenagers can upload artwork and script ideas, join discussion groups, and post blog entries.

Teenagers living with chronic illness are invited to take part in a film-making workshop at the Digital Hub in Dublin on September 26th – if you enjoy the workshop you can then join the project! This workshop invites teenagers who can’t take part in person to join the session online.

Film-making workshop
Venue: The Learning Studio, The Digital Hub Development Agency, The Digital Exchange Building, Crane Street, Dublin 8
When: Wednesday 26th September 2012
Time: 3-5.30 pm

Workshop registration and information: email project co-ordinator Emma Eager

The images below are from our first film week in February in which the teenagers filmed Ben Murnane’s inspiring story. You can learn all about it here. Update: “Two Suitcases” wins Best Film Under 18s category at the 2012 Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival.

The Two Suitcases project has been funded by the Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme. The project is being produced by Helium in partnership with the Digital Hub Development Agency and in association with the SWICN Computer Clubhouse. Helium gratefully acknowledges the support of Children in Hospital Ireland and patient support groups. Helium wishes to thank the Vodafone Ireland Foundation for their in-kind sponsorship.

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