All photos by Foteini Christofilopoulou www.foteini.com
The films can be seen here: http://www.postcardsfilms.com/pages/films.html
At a time when refugees arriving in Europe seems to be such an important issue again, it made me reflect on the short film "Home" that we made in 2002, and how relevant it still is. This film was a community project as well as a dance/documentary film, and in it we explored the theme of 'home' and what it meant to young people and their families living in East London. In our journey to make the film, we discovered that many of the families at our local schools had come to the UK as asylum seekers from war-torn countries, or had been affected by war in other ways. We told some of their stories through a combination of interview and through choreography.
Whilst in Jeju, South Korea - delivering a mobile-device filmmaking project, and making a documentary, me and my UCA Farnham (UK) students went with some students from NLCS, Jeju to the beach for the morning and made this little dance film. We had a lot of fun, and a really pleased with the finished result. Take a look at the film (below).
The Harubang are the Gods that protect the islanders in Jeju, South Korea. This short dance film explores the myths and traditions around the Harubang and how they are seen by the new generation of South Koreans.
This film was made as a result of a unique collaboration between staff and students from UCA Farnham (UK) and NLCS, Jeju (South Korea).
Choreographer: Claire Benson
Filmmaker: Anton Califano
Some pics from our recent shoot in Itapitanga, Bahia for a little doc we are making
My short documentary about Vocab Dance's unique project exploring gang culture on Britain's housing estates has been voted into the Final of the Film of the Month competition for July 2015. In the first round Shooting People's members who are predominantly made up of independent filmmakers and actors vote for their favourite film. The top 5 films then go through to the final round - with votes being reset, The final top 3 films after the second round of voting then are sent the judge, who this month is Asif Kapadia, the BAFTA winning director of Amy and Senna. He will then choose his overall winner.
See the leaderboard here:
The Siemens film "Leon's London" can be seen here:
These photos were taken at the Bristol Blood Bank - which is the largest in the world. I had never seen so much blood! It handles 850,000 donations a year. We spent the day there shooting a taster film for Channel 4 produced by Mandrake Films. Fortunately, I don't have to wear these overalls and hat on every shoot!
These are photos from a shoot I did for BBC iWonder with Samira Ahmed at the beautiful Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking. This place has an incredible history. Built in 1889, it is the first purpose-built mosque in the UK. We also shot at the nearby Brookwood Military Cemetery which was also a great location. It was first opened in 1854 and at one time was the largest cemetery in the world. Approximately 250,000 people have been laid to rest within its beautiful grounds, including many foreign soldiers from around the globe who fought side by side with the British. The films were produced by Mosaic Films and can be viewed on the BBC iWonder website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z373wmn