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22 Sep 2008

The Transition Movie: time to pick up your digital camera and co-create something wonderful

I am really thrilled about announcing a new initiative by the Transition Network.  We have some funding to make a film about Transition, and after much contemplation, we have come up with a way to make it which we think best reflects the Transition ethos.  In essence, the idea is that rather than having one camera crew spend months trudging around the many Transition initiatives around the world, hoping fortuitously to stumble across interesting things happening just at the time they happen to turn up, the idea is instead that the initiatives themselves make the film.  In the best spirit of ‘We-Think’ and collaborative thinking, we want Transition initiatives across the world to record their stories, their dramas, their successes and failures, for 3 months between October 1st and the end of the year. We think it will lead to the creation of a film which is truly extraordinary.

The idea is that we provide some training, some digital tapes, a Transition Movie Hotline and a great deal of support and enthusiasm, and then you produce a record of what you are up to.  We are working with Smith and Watson productions, who have made a number of films for the BBC, and with independent film-maker Emma Goude, who will have the unenviable task of sorting through the mountains of footage and producing an epoch-capturing, life-changing movie from it.

We want this film to be a celebration of the possibilities of the new media at our disposal, as well as being a celebration of the amazing work you are all doing out there catalysing your communities around responses to peak oil and climate change.  This is an appeal to the creativity and artistry that is out there in the Transition community.  There is a lot more detail here, and a beginner’s guide to filmmaking here.  We will shortly announce the dates and locations of the filmmaking workshops.  So, this is setting you all a challenge…. let’s see what happens!!

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22 Sep 4:20pm

WOW – this looks like fun! Is it only for you sassenachs or can we join in too from the far north?

22 Sep 4:38pm

Of course.. this is open to everyone… we want Japanese, Scottish, Chilean and indeed, universal input. We look forward to seeing what you are up to!!

Mike Grenville
23 Sep 11:09am

this website has some useful tips

rose wood
23 Sep 12:19pm

Mullers from Berwick-upon-Tweed are having their third transition initiative meeting on Friday 26 Sep – I’ll be mentioning this. It would certainly be useful/informative/entertainig to see what others around the world are doing. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck with the promotion of resilience.

23 Sep 12:31pm

I think this is a fantastic opportunity to publicise the transition movement.I’m amazed at how few people have heard of tranistion towns and peak oil. This project can only inform and recruit others to the transition movement.

Ben Zolno
24 Sep 8:28pm

I am a filmmaker who has made films for Post Carbon Institute and their movement.

This seems like a wonderful idea; I have been working on an idea to record one specific town for a while now, and some funding through tapes, etc., is a great kick start.

I don’t yet have a town to shoot in, so if someone is able to put me up and work together, I am interested in making this happen.

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