From the #selfie to the #unselfie.
A year today was the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games. It was an inspirational event for many people, Danny Boyle and his amazing creative team #savedthesurprise that his Opening Ceremony would really inspire and make a nation proud.
Last year in the lead up to that day every month I initiated and took part in a creative project based on the Olympic (friendship, respect, excellence) and Paralympic (courage, equality, inspiration, determination) values - Project 7.
A year on I want to expand and develop this creativity to involve people from all over the world. Starting with the #unselfie and #groupselfie. Check out Project 7 International - Inspiration for more info.
Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting on the successes and challenges of Project 7. The most important thing to note is that I have decided to go ahead with Project 7 International. I am awaiting feedback from Project 7 (2012) Collaborators and hope that there wisdom will help me shape the development of what I have referred to as the Project 7 Movement. Watch this space for updates. And as always comments and reflections welcomed.
Project 7 was born out of friendship. I feel lucky to have such inspiring, supportive and creative friends that have been willing to join me on this 7 month journey.
On this day designated Project 7 day I want to thank Project 7 collaborators/friends for your time, willingness to play and experiment, your ideas, your opinions, your reflections, your photographs, your films, your words.I am so very impressed by what has been achieved and it's not over yet. Please check out my last task on the 'Friendship page - http://hannahquigley.weebly.com/friendship.html
Please tell your friends. Please submit your Friendship stories as and when they make themselves known to you.
I really hope that over this Olympic and Paralympic period we can raise a glass to our friendship in person. I also noticed that we need our photos taken together as I wanted to post some up here but couldn't find appropriate pic.
As mentioned in previous blog posts fellow Project 7 collaborator Natalie and I set ourselves a challenge to make a film in 24 hours in June 2012. Short and Sweet - An Alternative Guide to London is the outcome of our 24 hour journey through London, stopping to interview people along the way.
It in no way attempts to show everything there is to see but is intended to be a snapshot for women visiting London for the first time, and to inspire those of us who sometimes forget what a wonderful and everchanging city we live in.
The following venues require a special mention. They particularly suit being part of a film that followed the value 'determination'.
Blush, Cazenove Road, N16
Channel Fish Broadway Market, Dalston, E8 4PH
The Place, 182 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16
The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street E8 2PB
The T Club, Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB
Zealand Road Coffee Shop, 391 Roman Road, London E3 5QS
Before I set aside some time today to feature this month’s value - Equality - I need to give an update on ‘determination’.
In February I had a meeting with Nat - Project 7 collaborator. We decided to make a film and took inspiration from the competitions that set a 24 hour period to do so. We thought with this model it would be manageable within our busy schedules and the film would be completed.
We set aside two 24 hour periods - the first being 12 noon on Friday 22nd June until 12 noon Saturday 23rd June and 12 noon Thursday 5 July to Friday 6 July (the second in case of adverse weather conditions/contingency).
We didn’t strictly follow the 24 hour model. Although I have never taken part in a 24 hour film competition before I did take advice from those who had. We had a few face to face meetings leading up to the the date and a couple of skype meetings and early morning calls. We used google docs to share tasks and see progress of scheduling and potential interviewees.
At the first meeting we decided upon our brief - a tour guide to London with a slant towards the East, to include a lesbian ‘voice’ and perspective and to be for an audience who might be coming to London during and for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In the weeks leading up to the date we had lined up some interviews through recommendations and our own connections. We facebooked people that we were interested in being a part of our film, contacted Simone, Debs and Sue who we wanted to feature in our film and be a part of the process. Simone who was travelling through Asia at the time and would be back on 20 June was nursing a bad ankle but was up for being a part of the film, we signed her and her bicycle up to be our ‘guide’ through London. Debs and Sue to be part of our vox pop team. We had seen a couple of short films they had made and wanted to include their natural on camera charm to be a part of our film.
We had been strict with ourselves in regards to the 24 hour period even though it has meant that future London 2012 Sitting Volleyball Paralympian - Claire Harvey though enthusiastic to be involved in the film could not be filmed as she would be in Germany for a competition the same weekend, that events that we may have liked to have featured ‘in action’ would not be happening that weekend and therefore would only be referred to. However the support and interest we got from those we contacted spurred us on and our determination to do the film in a SMART fashion.
Scheduling the interviews in the tight 24 hour period was challenging. When doing a 24 hour film project they are normally drama based and you have your acting team as part of the company - they are signed up for the 24 hour period. The documentary approach we were taking and because we wanted to interview people on location at their cafe, school, bar we had to work around the schedules that would be most conducive for filming and interviewing and most importantly their availability.
In the 10 days leading up to 22nd June I would also check Yahoo weather and their 10 day forecast. At one point it was looking hopeful for sunshine on the Friday at least. Then, in the few days leading up as we were getting severe downpours of rain the Friday was forecast with both a rain drop and sun.
With availability of contributors, interviewers and the weather in mind. We decided that no matter what the weather we would make it work. The schedule was fixed on the evening of Thursday 21 June! Nat and Hannah would meet at Stoke Newington School at 12 noon Friday 22nd June.
One notable difference between a 24 hour film competition and our 24 film project was that following some advice from Bonnie Rae Rickman among other well established editors we decided not to edit in the same 24 hour period. We plan to edit and upload the film before the 27 July. Watch this blog for updates. Upcoming blogs will give you a feel for how they day panned out and the various thanks and links to the people, businesses and events that contributed to the making of the film.
I asked Project 7 collaborator Emma Adams to provide me with one word or image in response to the value 'Respect'. As I suspected she supplied me with more than one word, some good food for thought and some people to research. The full list and reasons why can be found at http://hannahquigley.weebly.com/respect.html
This upcoming month I ask Project 7 collaborators to carefully share either one word or one image back in response to this value.
Courage i. the ability to face danger or pain without fear ii. the courage of one's convictions the confidence to act accordingly to one's beliefs
Reaching the decision on what value would be given to month 4 made me think about the power of these words. The potential weight, history, provocation of thought, memory and/or action behind each value.
I question the first definition above as I think courage is still possible even when fear is present. In fact even more courage is perhaps evident when fear is present.
I started to think of the people both famous and in our personal and everyday lives who we believe to be courageous. Here are some for starters who hopefully need no explanation.
Nelson Mandela; Gandhi; Steve Biko; Mohammad Ali; Aung San Suu Kyi.
There are already many wiki's and yahoo answer lists but I am after the truly unsung, untold courageous people.
I want to start a list of these people and hope that the form filling aspect of this website might be utilised and thus I put a call out for you to share the people and the reason why you feel they are courageous. http://hannahquigley.weebly.com/courage.html
(Depending on your wishes they can be shared only with me or once shared with me may also be uploaded to Courage web page).
Friday morning Amie and Hannah took to the South Bank with a camera in hand having been inspired by the great photography of Ansell Adams. It was the first time during Project 7 that collaborators had come together in person to work practically and creatively together. Our efforts can be seen on the 'Excellence' page of this website http://hannahquigley.weebly.com/excellence.html Do let us know what you think. Especially the photographers amongst you. It was a great morning which has already inspired us to do more and I am looking forward to speaking with Angela about a movement/dance task that Amie and Hannah are planning to set.
On Thursday evening I met with Natalie. We had an extremely productive initial planning meeting in relation to our plan to make a film in a day. Research tasks set and deadlines to be made to ensure the film is made and uploaded before 27 July 2012. Looking forward to talking to Emma about it next week.
With local, national and international experiences on and off the court, on and behind the scenes, Hannah has worked in the arts and volunteered & participated in sport for 13 years. Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Drama & Theatre Studies and Sport, Physical Education & Recreation from Liverpool Hope University in 1995 which also included a year abroad at the University of Rhode Island, USA) she has worked at many of the cultural organisations in the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter including the National Theatre, Young Vic Theatre and Southbank Centre.