It was an early start for our team, as we arrived for our shoot laden with props and schedules, to meet the amazing home-grown filmmakers, Wise Guys, for a fun packed day in the studio.
Our brief was to create a short film that celebrated the wide variety of groups, projects and bursary winners that the Community Foundation support, as well as promoting the benefits of choosing the Community Foundation as a philanthropy partner.
Wise Guys came up with the concept and a script that used one continuous playful sentence delivered by the donors and groups themselves.
We were so pleased that so many of the groups and charities, we have supported, agreed to come along on the day and help us tell our story.
We stared our day filming Leah Williamson, one of our previous sports bursary winners who is now an Arsenal and International England player. We were so pleased she could make it as she had an Arsenal away match later on in the day so top marks to Leah for her dedication to the cause!
Our favourite part of the day was shooting “the ball throwing scene” symbolising the overwhelming feeling that some donors can experience when considering the best way to give. We needed to shoot the scene several times, much to the delight of our donor’s son who was more than happy to help us throw balls at his dad.
For anyone who has ever filmed in a studio before you will know that 7 hours to shoot 10 scenes is a logistical challenge to say the least. But thanks to the team and our brilliant volunteers, we managed to rise to the challenges negotiating working with children, watering plant life and demonstrate a Wimshurst Machine, calling it a wrap with 10 minutes to go!
We would like to say thank you to Leah Williamsons, Jason our Donor, the Urb Farm, MK Museum, Joe Turney, Olney Brass, Art in the Park, MK Springers, MK Deaf Zone, Arts for Health MK and Wolverton Lantern Festival for giving up their time to help us to make our film, and Wise Guys for making it such fun!