Building Communities

Client: Plymouth City Council / Plymouth Housing Development Partnership

Date: 2014

Synopsis: This extended short film  considers the key planning issue of housing development in Plymouth. Presenting differing opinions on how and where new housing should be built, and reflecting on the implications of these decisions on our day-to-day lives.

Brief:  The film was commissioned to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the groundbreaking ‘A Plan for Plymouth’ post-war redevelopment scheme. The client wanted make particular reference to the 1946 Jill Cragie film “The Way We Live”, which was concerned with the post-war reconstruction of Plymouth. The commission however needed to remain contemporary and engage with current issues.

Our Approach:  We  captured Plymouth from a wide variety of locations, aiming to show the scale of change taking place in many communities across the city. We also worked with static compositions, taking inspiration from architectural photography. We aimed to interview a wide cross section of residents and professionals and to give the views of residents an equal footing in the film. We integrated audio excerpts from Cragie’s film,  having them sampled and mixed with an original score created for the project by composer Phil Innes.

Impact: The film was premiered at the Reel Cinema, Plymouth and then used by the client as an aide to support community consultation activities.