Midlands Spotlight - Young West Midlands filmmakers create own opportunities
By midlandsmovies, Nov 14 2018 02:49PM
Young filmmakers across the West Midlands team up and create their own opportunities
Young filmmakers in the West Midlands are creating their own opportunities as they work together under the name Gen.2 Creatives.
The group was founded in August 2017 by Luke Furmage, a young creative who graduated from BOA and the BFI Academy in Birmingham, after realising a want and need to create content among the young filmmakers and creatives in the West Midlands.
From workshops and masterclasses to festivals and competitions, Gen.2 Creatives main reason of existing is to be a safe environment for budding filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to practice and create film projects, while learning off each other and support one another by listing work opportunities.
With around 40 members of young creatives, they have worked on several projects, which have been uploaded online and played at the Flat Pack Festival 2018.
The group was also used as a part of the pitch for the Channel 4 bid, although it was not successful, they are working with other creatives in Birmingham, including established professionals, to create opportunities for young people. Three of the members were invited to a secret meeting, which took place on the 8th November, with names such as the Mayor of Birmingham Andy Street, Peaky Blinder screenwriter Steve Knight and many well-known media companies based in Birmingham.
Luke Furmage Founder and Director of Gen 2 adds, “Development and funding is only available for creatives that are already established in the industry, and Media courses, although teach students the tools of the trade, can often stifle creativity under the need to fulfil the criteria and complete exams".
"We want to develop a culture of creativity for a new generation of young creatives in the creative industry here in Birmingham. This new Online Generation has the unlimited potential for exciting new content that will shape the years to come", he goes on to say.
During one of their projects known as ‘12 Hours Till Wrap’ in which they create and edit a film in 12 hours, a few of the members explained why they joined Gen.2 Creatives.
William Terry-Wright, 18-years-old who was the Director of the most recent project, said, “It’s sounded like a great opportunity to network with young filmmakers and people with similar ambitions to mine, and it also sounded like a good opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in terms of filmmaking.”
Jordon Wolf, an 18-years-old aspiring actress who starred as the lead in the short films, said, “It’s very helpful to me because it’s something I want to go into in the future and it’s a great opportunity to get more experience.”
The self-sustaining group is starting to expand with talk of a partnership with The Producers’ Forum and possible connections with the BFI but are always looking to expand their network.
They have their first public 12 Hours Till Wrap event taking place 1st of December.