Sunday, 29 April 2012

Northern Lights

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Northern Lights is a film about Scotland made by you.
As part of the Year Of Creative Scotland 2012 we are asking members of the public to collaborate with us in the creation of a unique feature-length documentary film.
We want you to take out your cameras and record your own personal videos about Scotland’s past, present and future.
Project submissions are open from 20 March to 21 June 2012 and you can submit as many video contributions as you like.
We will then gather together all this footage and edit it into a unique, first in a lifetime, vision of Scotland in the Year 2012.
We are not sure what you will share with us, but to help get you started we would like you to think about three questions:
What Can You See?
What Do You Wish You Had Seen?
What Would You Like To See?
Anyone can take part in the project and we are particularly interested in submissions from first-time video makers. It’s all about having your say and sharing your Scotland with us. If you are a first-timer you might want to check out our videos on PreparingShooting and Submitting your video or videos.
If you are looking for additional group support, there are Workshops taking place all over Scotland throughout the 3 month period. Or perhaps you’d like to Host Your Own workshop?
Northern Lights also has a £10,000 award fund available to UK residents who contribute to the project within the 3 month submission period. Visit the Awards page for details.
You can watch all submissions here and vote for your favourite videos using the ‘Vote Now’ button which appears under the player. The video with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award following the deadline on 21 June. If you have already submitted your video, start sharing the link and ask your friends to vote.
To keep up to date with all the news on awards, submissions and workshops or to ask us questions about the project follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or sign up for ournewsletter here.
For more information please see our FAQs and read our Terms & Conditions.
So what will you say about Scotland? Get involved.

About Funders:
Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. It’s our job to help Scotland’s creativity shine at home and abroad.
We invest in talented people and exciting ideas. We develop the creative industries and champion everything that’s good about Scottish creativity.
Scotland boasts an incredible range of talent, from award-winning directors and writers to widely recognised actors and internationally renowned visual artists, architects and digital companies. As a result of the wealth of indigenous talent, Scotland produces a huge volume of home-grown productions and products each year.
We think Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries are worth shouting about. We’ll lead the shouting.
Year of Creative Scotland 2012 will celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative vibrancy, shine a spotlight on our creative assets, provide a test-bed for new initiatives and a launch platform for activity to support Year of Homecoming in 2014.
Year of Creative Scotland will provide a chance to work together to promote Scotland’s festivals, our great cities, to get Scotland dancing, to shine a spotlight on the contribution that people and places play in making us a leading creative nation. This is a chance to recognise our great historic names of culture and to celebrate our contemporary icons. It is also a chance to create a platform on a world stage for the talent of today’s Creative Scotland.
As with all the Focus Years, the Year of Creative Scotland steering group is led by EventScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. Creative Scotland is the key partner in this year, working with Visit Scotland and VOCAL on behalf of local government. Activity supported through Creative Scotland’s budgets in the year will benefit from the additional profile offered through Year of Creative Scotland, and London 2012. The year will help to position the cultural sector’s work and reputation strongly with the people of Scotland, actual and potential visitors and creative peers in other countries.
By presenting a year-long programme, the Year of Creative Scotland will help to frame the cultural offer for the London 2012 activity taking place in Scotland within the wider context of Scotland as a creative nation. It will also use the 3-year opportunity, afforded by the concurrence of Year of Creative Scotland with the Olympic Games, Paralympics and the Cultural Olympiad, and the run up to Commonwealth Games in 2014, to highlight Scotland’s strengths as a creative nation. Year of Creative Scotland aims to exploit the significant media platform offered by London 2012 to raise awareness of and participation in Scotland’s rich cultural programme.
First In A Lifetime Fund: Scotland is a creative nation with world-class artists and creative practitioners, but not everyone gets to enjoy or take part in creative activity. They may have been prevented from doing this because of lack of opportunity, financial constraints, social inequalities, location, access issues or just lack of confidence.
We want to help exceptional artists and creative people, and organisations of quality, to increase “first in a lifetime” opportunities for people who do not normally get the chance. We are looking for projects that will have a big visible and lasting impact, either through the scope of activity or through depth of engagement. This may mean a national programme involving many participants and places, or very precise targeting of a specific area or group to affect profound change. 

The proposed engagement must be qualitatively new, creative and meaningful. Participation methods need to be rigorous and imaginative with the potential for collaborative, innovative partnerships. They should connect people and their communities through the arts and creativity.
This programme relates to the Participation strand of Year of Creative Scotland investment.


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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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