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‘Pathway to Anywhere’ Short Film with Chichester High School For Girls

It has been a really busy year so far at Strong Island Media and we’ll be detailing some of the art/media/education projects we have been working on all over the south coast here on Strong Island from now on.

This month we worked with a group of Year 11 pupils from Chichester High School for Girls on a short art film focusing on their perceptions of Chichester Harbour. The pupils filmed and recorded field recordings on a walk from Fishbourne to Dell Quay and then wrote a poem describing what their they felt about the harbour’s geography, wildlife, history and more. The workshop was delivered by Strong Island Media for Chichester Harbour Conservancy and can be viewed below:

Far From Home Project Exhibition on 14th March

The Far from Home project and exhibition is a collaboration between Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme, public funding from Arts Council England for Fusion lab taking place in Space, staff and students of the University of Portsmouth, Somerstown residents, local artists, Sharon Court (who ran the recent Somerstown Stories project) and Strong Island Media.

The Far from Home project brought together ex-service personnel and the family or personnel with students based at the Eldon building of the University of Portsmouth, with the group exploring the theme of being Far From Home. The theme was chosen as it was felt that both groups of participants in the projects could emphasise with the sense of leaving home for the first time, leaving friends and family and experiencing a new life. The students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries who have been working alongside these retired armed service personnel and their families learnt more about how it felt to be a new recruit, to be posted overseas, or to be far from home. The students have then created art, including photography, illustration, short films and creative writing based on these experiences for an upcoming Far From Home exhibition in Space. Film footage taken of students talking to and working with armed forces personnel on the project will also be shown. Additionally artefacts from the armed forces personnel will also be on display.

Residents taking part in the project have had the opportunity to also learn new things through taster workshops led by students and a tour of the recently extended Eldon Building, home to the faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. These workshops and the tour are designed to break down barriers and increasing understanding for both groups of participants.

The Far From Home exhibition opens with a special afternoon tea on Friday, March 14 and will be open to the public from March 17-26. A book and film will also be produced showcasing the work created as part of the project.

You can find out more about the project at:

www.farfromhomeproject.co.uk

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The Island City, A Day in the Life of Portsmouth

Strong Island Media put together this short film entitled ‘The Island City’ that was screened at the recent Shaping the Future of Portsmouth conference. The film gives a stylised view of a day in the life of the city, touching on its geography, landmarks, people and places.

The Island City by Strong Island Media

Sherlock Holmes Film Workshops at The Kings Theatre

Strong Island Media are holding two film production workshops based on Sherlock Holmes this Saturday, based at The Kings Theatre as part of the Making Waves Film Festival. The 10am to 12pm workshop is for 8-12yrs and the 2pm to 4pm workshop is for 12yrs up.

The workshops are introductions to film making and include how to write a script, create a storyboard, how to film & record sound using professional equipment and how to act and direct. The workshop groups will then write, make and produce a short film based on Sherlock Holmes using wardrobe from The Kings Theatre, props from the Conan Doyle Collection and using the incredible Kings Theatre as a location, including backstage and even onstage!

The short films produced by each of the workshop groups will then be edited up and put on to DVD.

Each workshop is only £10 (plus £6 for a copy of the DVD with both Sherlock Holmes films) and places can be booked at The Kings Theatre:

www.kings-southsea.com

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with Race Car Hearts

Strong Island Media has partnered up with Victorious Festival to provide the festival’s online digital content throughout the weekend of the festival, including photo updates of the bands and what’s going on, video of songs from the stages and interviews with the acts. In the final run up to the festival we have produced the Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions which profiles of some of the best Portsmouth acts that will be performing at Victorious with exclusive live acoustic songs.

Sunshine Sessions episode three is with Portsmouth singer/songwriter Chris Perrin aka Race Car Hearts and includes an acoustic version of Better Kind. This is the last of this year’s Sunshine Sessions, we’re looking forward to next year’s already.

To find out more information about Victorious and to buy tickets visit:

victoriousfestival.co.uk

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with Race Car Hearts

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with The Folsom

Strong Island Media has partnered up with Victorious Festival to provide the festivals online digital content throughout the weekend of the festival, including photo updates of the bands and what’s going on, video of songs from the stages and interviews with the acts. In the final run up to the festival we have produced the Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions which profiles of some of the best Portsmouth acts that will be performing at Victorious with exclusive live acoustic songs.

Sunshine Sessions episode two is with Portsmouth acoustic duo The Folsom and includes an acoustic cover performance of Johnny Cash’s song ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. Keep an eye out next Friday for the next Sunshine Sessions episode.

To find out more information about Victorious and to buy tickets visit:

victoriousfestival.co.uk

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with The Folsom

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with Jerry Williams

Strong Island Media has partnered up with Victorious Festival to provide the festivals online digital content throughout the weekend of the festival, including photo updates of the bands and what’s going on, video of songs from the stages and interviews with the acts. In the final run up to the festival we have produced the Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions which profiles of some of the best Portsmouth acts that will be performing at Victorious with exclusive live acoustic songs.

Sunshine Sessions episode one is with 17 year old singer/songwriter Jerry Williams and includes an acoustic performance of her song ‘Sunglasses’. Keep an eye out on Fridays in the run up to the festival for the next Sunshine Sessions episodes.

To find out more information about Victorious and to buy tickets visit:

victoriousfestival.co.uk

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with Jerry Williams

Strong Island Media and The Hampshire Forces Youth Film Festival

Over the last 6 months Strong Island Media have been working on The Hampshire Forces Youth Film Festival project, partnering up with CASS Media and Evan Wilkinson. The project was funded by the MOD Community Covenant and co-ordinated by Hampshire County Council through three arts centres in Hampshire: The Ashcroft Centre in Fareham, The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre in Bordon and the Westend Centre in Aldershot. Each centre had 2 to 4 groups of young people from local schools or youth groups (in total over 100 young people were involved) and each group worked with a production company, Strong Island Media worked with four groups, Brune Park School in Gosport, Phoenix Youth Theatre in Bordon, Bedales School in Petersfield and Connaught School in Aldershot.

At the start of the project each group conducted interviews with active service personnel from either the Navy or Army (from camps and bases local to them) and from these interviews Strong Island Media worked with the young people to create short animated films. SIM helped them develop scripts, form creative ideas for using different animation techniques, help them through the animation process and also work on music, sound effects and more. In total SIM worked with each group for 12 weekly workshop sessions & also brought in some Portsmouth based artists to help the young people with their character development, including Mr Kemp, Stu Linfield and MyDogSighs.

On the 18th July there was a grand, red carpet premiere and awards ceremony at The No. 6 Cinema in Portsmouth which brought all of the groups together along with local dignitaries. The audience of almost 200 people watched all the films and the young people and groups as a whole received prizes for their hard work and creativity. The project was a huge success with the young people telling insightful stories about life in the forces showing empathy for their characters plus creativity in their story and animation skills as well as having loads of fun through the whole process.

We were very proud to see all of our groups win awards and were particularly pleased when the Phoenix Youth Theatre won the two big awards of the night, the Critics Award for best film and the People’s Choice award for best film (which was voted on the night by the audience).

The project has a website with all of the films available to watch as well as a short documentary film about the project, see below. A huge thank you to Charlotte at Hampshire County Council, the guys at CASS, Evan for working with the Connaught group and a special thank you to the groups of young people we worked with who were inspiring in their creativity.

www.hampshireyouthforcesfilms.co.uk

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Strong Island at Pompey Fans Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow sees the first Pompey Fans Day in the new era of community ownership with an event for the fans, by the fans as it is hosted by The Tony Goodall Fans Conference (the collective of fans groups and organisations) and managed by Pompey’s 12th Man and all to raise money for Portsmouth FC & Pompey Supporters Trust charity plus the following charities: Pompey in the Community, Tom Prince Cancer Trust, Asthma UK and Oakley’s Walking Fund.

The family friendly event runs from 11am-2pm (before the Charlton friendly kicks off) in the carpark behind the Fratton End and will include live music from the Trust band The Dickensian Vagabonds, The Union King, Mojo Dollar and Luke Ferre. There will also be stands from artists, designers and traders including Urban Gallery FA Cup Prints and we’re very happy to say a stall with Strong Island Clothing Co and local illustrator Lee Casey. Strong Island Clothing Co will be selling not only the highly popular collaboration tee with Portsmouth FC in the home colour-way of Navy & Gold but also two new ‘away’ colours of White & Navy plus Blue & White. These two new colours will be only available at the Pompey Fans Day before going in to the online shop later next week. As always, these Strong Island X Portsmouth FC collaboration tees will be £15 and £5 from each sale will go to the club. Lee Casey will be sharing our stall and selling his awesome, limited edition, signed illustration prints. Be sure to drop by our stall and get involved.

Portsmouth FC will also be unveiling the new away kit for the team on the day, there will be a dunk tank, bouncy castle, five-a-side football, bungee racing, football challenges, loads of amazing food available plus a replica FA cup for photos. Finally, but by no means least, there will be an incredible raffle with tonnes of amazing prizes donated by local businesses and people.

Tristan from Strong Island Media designed the flyer for Pompey Fans Day (see below) and also the amazing, huge backdrop you’ll see tomorrow.

Pompey Fans Day

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Lee Casey: Guy, Rocha &Craddock

Eastney MOD Test Station and Music by VNF

Despite being derelict the old MOD test station on Eastney beach adds a lot of, well, character to the seafront of Portsmouth and is a well recognised landmark both from shore and sea. The station was once a barracks and then became a test site for both weapons and radar/signals. The site itself overlooks the west entry point of Langstone Harbour and despite being empty for a long, long time it is part of the skyline and one of the last links to Eastney’s past history as a firing range and also a firm favourite for local photographers, not to mention nudists too, of course. Sadly though it seems the tower and buildings have their fate sealed (read about it on The News website).

Last spring we did a spot of urban exploration and had a look around inside, in part to find out more about the city’s heritage but also to film a music video of ex-Portsmouth engineer/producer VNF. The song inspired a theme of echoing signals lost & forgotten yet still resonating and the long derelict location touches on a visual parallel to that theme. VNF’s song ‘Reset’ and also his song ‘Orbs Lighten Them’ are formed from field recordings, many of which recorded in Portsmouth. In particular in ‘Orbs Lighten Them’ the hovercraft provides the baseline and Southsea seafront builds elements forming the dream-dub sound.

The video, VNF’s songs and photos from the test station are below. To see more photos visit the album on our Facebook page.

What are your thoughts on the loss of this historic Portsmouth landmark? Let us know with comments and over on our Facebook too. Do you have any photos of the test station you want to share? Send us a link to those too.

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Local Photographer – Marcus Hunt’s

Marcus Hunt has rigged together an amazing radio controlled camera set up with a kite which allows him to capture photos of local places in and around Portsmouth with a unique perspective. Unlike photos from aeroplanes, the kite allows for photos from low altitudes giving way more detail. To see loads more than the photos below be sure to spend some time looking through Marcus’ Kite photo Flickr set.

Old Portsmouth

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Ash Cloud

I took these photos the other week when the ash cloud was at it’s worst, there are more over at Forever Circling. if you have any photos online taken around the island effected by the ash cloud please pop a link in the comments and we’ll post some up later this week.




The Doomsday Project

From 1984 to 1986 people, in particular school children, all got involved in collecting information on their local area to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Doomsday Book by creating a new, updated, electronic version. The collected information became The Doomsday Project which was a collection of laserdiscs and special BBC computers. The country was broken down in to ‘D’ blocks with the data collection done mostly by schools, the information included text on local geography, history, legends and also more contemporary personal things such as favourite music, games, etc. As well as the text each block could also contain up to 3 photos. Many schools bought the discs and computers as a learning resource (the World Wide Web as a concept was still some years away).

A few days ago the BBC launched a new website where all of this previously difficult to access information (only a handful of working systems still exist) is now online and searchable. It’s an amazing glimpse in to Portsmouth and Southsea life in the early to mid 80s and there are some great images. The new website also allows you to upload new information and photos too.

If you are 38+ you may well have memories of being involved in the project in collecting and writing information. Personally I remember the day my group went out to a tiny village in Essex in the hot summer but instead of writing things we played near the river and weir. Oh well. Does anyone have any memories of taking part in the project? If so please add a comment, would love to hear people’s memories.

You can find out more about the original project on HERE and the BBC article and access the online version below:

www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday

Domesday Project




NatWest Carved Map

The NatWest Bank in Palmerston Road has an amazing carved map of Portsmouth that I must have walked past on loads of occasions and never really stopped to look at. The map has many local landmarks highlighted plus the islands in both Portsmouth and Langstone harbours. Not sure exactly how old it is. Next time you pass by if you have a moment spare stop and have a look.




Amazing Vintage Naval Posters

I found these truly amazing posters on one of my many Flickr travels. All circa 1930s and all fantastic. Click the images for the direct links to Flickr.












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