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We believe in Equality and Diversity to Educate and Nurture – so much so that we’ve even made these words, which make up our name, into little characters.

EDEN Film Productions - boom - equality

Equality – Boom poles are used for audio recording and it is important that audio levels are balanced and at the correct level. That is why our boom pole gets to symbolise how we tackle discrimination in society; by striving for balance and equality at all times.

EDEN Film Productions -lens - diversity

Diversity – Camera lenses come in all shapes and sizes and they have a variety of purposes. Our camera lens promotes and believes in the strength of diversity everywhere and she ensures that it forever remains one of our core aims.

EDEN Film Productions - clapper - educate

Educate – Clapperboards are used on film sets to educate directors, actors and editors about scenes, locations and shots. Our clapperboard helps us on our journey to educate others, be they students taking our classes or an audience watching our films; education is key to our success.

EDEN Film Productions - reel - nurture

Nurture – Film editing takes a lot of time, concentration and patience. Our editing reel ensures that we nurture our students, volunteers, employees and films so that we can continue to share powerful stories, raising vital awareness about Equality and Diversity around the world.

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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Feedback from Project Participants

(I enjoyed) learning about operating cameras and discussion/exchanging ideas.

Project Participant

I have enjoyed learning about camera and tripods. I have enjoyed working on the storyline of the film.

Project Participant

I have found the experience out of this world really enjoyable.

Project Participant

“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.”

Jennie Beard, Project Manager

“I felt honoured and privileged to have participated in the production of this work. It’s amazing.”

Families Like Ours screening

“Well done everybody! I really enjoyed Families Like Ours – utterly inspiring! Thank you.”

Families Like Ours screening

“Thanks to E.D.E.N Film Productions for making the brilliant Families Like Ours a positive view of life in Sheffield.”

Councilor Neale Gibson - Families Like Ours screening

“Wow, what an amazing and inspiring film. Made me proud to be a member of Sheffield’s LGBT community.”

Families Like Ours screening

“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).”

Families Like Ours screening

“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…!”

Families Like Ours screening

“The endless learning we do when we arrive at the studio is incredible.”

Project Participant

“A very enjoyable and informing course! :)”

Project Participant

“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.”

Project Participant

“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.”

Project Participant

“Thank you it’s been brilliant!”

Project Participant

“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.”

Project Participant
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