We were delighted to receive an award on Tues 12th May at the Achieve Northwest project conference as part of the Northwest Offenders Management Service. Our 2-year project with Achieve North West won the ‘Best Innovative Project Award’ at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool. Project Coordinator, Rachel Capovila, gladly received the award:
“I was very proud receiving this award on behalf of the whole team and all who have, in some way, been part of the project. We could not have produced our final films without our brilliant participants who kindly shared their stories with us. It is to their bravery that we accept this award.”
In 2013 we were asked by Achieve Northwest to provide a series of ESF funded digital media workshops for people who have offended. The digital workshops aimed to up-skill these people and get them a head-start towards a career. The participants were able to take part in a back to basics approach to social media, internet presence and CV skills with various visiting tutors within the media industry. Alongside these workshops also offered participants the chance to try out new skills through animation, digital photography and filmmaking techniques.
Achieve Northwest asked Signal to make a series of interactive talking head films for employers, explaining about the success of the project and why they should consider offering an ex-offender work.
Finally, stories collected from workshops and interviews were shaped into a script by London based director and writer Ben Salavati, editor of Signal’s successful short film ‘The German Who Came To Tea’.
The script tells the story of 3 different ex-offenders who attend job interviews. Each was shot in Barrow using local talent. One character was played by the Barrow born, but now Hollywood based actor Jamie Atkins of ‘Jack The Giant Slayer” fame.
To watch the films click here...