Christian Aid: Sierra Leone
Christian Aid
‘If Ar Bin No’ filmed on location in Sierra Leone.
We were commissioned by Christian Aid to produce a three part drama entitled ‘If Ar Bin No’. The main aim was to raise awareness of HIV whilst working closely with two local youth groups in Sierra Leone. Scenes were filmed throughout Bo and Kenema, the second and third largest cities in Sierra Leone after Freetown. The scripts were written by the youth groups who also acted and fulfilled some technical roles, as part of our brief was also to teach them the basics of filmmaking.The films required a variety of locations including a medical centre, school, office and several houses. Due to our tight schedule, planning and organisation became paramount, especially as travelling between the locations was often challenging and time consuming. Although we had a second camera for backup, all scenes were shot single camera which meant everybody had to be very disciplined and the actors educated on the importance of continuity. The majority of our time was spent rehearsing and blocking the scenes before we recorded anything and that proved to be successful. Limited budget and time added a lot of pressure but we rose to the challenge and delivered a finished piece that we were proud of and received positive feedback from all involved.
“The guys at Zest dealt wonderfully with the challenges that working in the field brought – the lack of electricity, reluctant actors and the crowds of locals who followed them wherever they filmed! Despite these challenges, the end product was a beautifully shot and edited film which was highly effective at sensitising communities during outreach sessions and when played in our youth centre.”
Charlotte Walker, Programme Manager, Christian Aid
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Christian Aid
‘If Ar Bin No’ filmed on location in Sierra Leone.
We were commissioned by Christian Aid to produce a three part drama entitled ‘If Ar Bin No’. The main aim was to raise awareness of HIV whilst working closely with two local youth groups in Sierra Leone. Scenes were filmed throughout Bo and Kenema, the second and third largest cities in Sierra Leone after Freetown. The scripts were written by the youth groups who also acted and fulfilled some technical roles, as part of our brief was also to teach them the basics of filmmaking.The films required a variety of locations including a medical centre, school, office and several houses. Due to our tight schedule, planning and organisation became paramount, especially as travelling between the locations was often challenging and time consuming. Although we had a second camera for backup, all scenes were shot single camera which meant everybody had to be very disciplined and the actors educated on the importance of continuity. The majority of our time was spent rehearsing and blocking the scenes before we recorded anything and that proved to be successful. Limited budget and time added a lot of pressure but we rose to the challenge and delivered a finished piece that we were proud of and received positive feedback from all involved.
“The guys at Zest dealt wonderfully with the challenges that working in the field brought – the lack of electricity, reluctant actors and the crowds of locals who followed them wherever they filmed! Despite these challenges, the end product was a beautifully shot and edited film which was highly effective at sensitising communities during outreach sessions and when played in our youth centre.”
Charlotte Walker, Programme Manager, Christian Aid