E.D.E.N runs filmmaking workshops specifically for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community and sometimes also its allies.
The workshops, which are taught by industry experts and free of charge, provide invaluable skills and a great opportunity to meet likeminded people – but that’s not all. Our students put their skills into practice, producing their own films and through them highlighting the topics they have chosen. This means our students are able to tell their own stories about LGBT+ lives; stories which throughout history all too often have been silenced, and which are often lacking from the public eye still today.
These films, broadcast to the local community and subsequently the world, help raise awareness about issues concerning this minority group and it offers participants the chance to progress into volunteering within the organisation. From there on the skills obtained mean our students are able to take on the world of filmmaking in their own right.
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(I enjoyed) learning about operating cameras and discussion/exchanging ideas.
I have enjoyed learning about camera and tripods. I have enjoyed working on the storyline of the film.
I have found the experience out of this world really enjoyable.
“Claire Watkinson from E.D.E.N Film Productions was our main choice when we put out a tender for a film company to train and support our digital media project volunteers. Our community heritage project was for 2 years, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and aimed to capture the history of the Broomhall area of Sheffield. This involved carrying out oral history interviews on film and audio. Claire trained volunteers in how to use the camera and how to edit them into a finished film. She mentored many of our volunteers and supported them throughout the process of film production. Claire was very good with the technicalities as well as knowing creatively what we were aiming for in our storytelling. She was also very good at working with people which is invaluable in a community setting. We definitely chose the right person for the job! Claire is one of the most professional and thorough people I have ever worked with. She is very committed to everything she does so you can be sure she will be an invaluable asset to your project.”
“I felt honoured and privileged to have participated in the production of this work. It’s amazing.”
“Well done everybody! I really enjoyed Families Like Ours – utterly inspiring! Thank you.”
“Thanks to E.D.E.N Film Productions for making the brilliant Families Like Ours a positive view of life in Sheffield.”
“Wow, what an amazing and inspiring film. Made me proud to be a member of Sheffield’s LGBT community.”
“It’s just fab – it absolutely needs to reach more audiences, and would be a perfect resource for LGBT groups (and also non-LGBT groups) and young people (schools, colleges).”
“As if there was any doubt, I couldn’t be prouder of my city and its people! …. You’re all stars, and you have no idea what you’ve started…!”
“The endless learning we do when we arrive at the studio is incredible.”
“A very enjoyable and informing course! :)”
“It's been a really great course, I am so happy I took part in it. Claire is doing an amazing job raising awareness of LGBT matters and she has taught me great skills that I will and use keep for life.”
“Thank you Claire and the Big Lottery Fund - for a brilliant concept that came just at the right time for me (soon after a redundancy), for the patience and humour shown throughout, and for helping to synthesise all the ideas the group had into a theme we were all happy with.”
“Thank you it’s been brilliant!”
“I've enjoyed the project as a whole so much; learning new skills, meeting new people, learning about LGBT people in Sheffield and making a film! I am very proud of mine and the group's efforts and very pleased I took part.”