Ultralab's Lifeboats.TV project main project begins in Weymouth, Dorset 22nd and 23rd of January 2002

One year after the initial pilot in Burnham-on-Crouch we were off. Colin, Mark and Matthew headed to Dorset to meet and interview the Weymouth Lifeboat crew and their families. With 40 people to interview it was no easy task, we had to break up into three film crews to capture the footage. Pete Bradshaw from Ultralab joined the project as the local Ultranaut based in Weymouth.

The initial research conducted over the previous year meant the Lifeboats.TV crew would begin to film lifeboat crew and volunteers for their lifesaving stories, ready for compression and delivery on the internet on the lifeboats.tv website. Construction of the ‘virtual lifeboat station’ would also begin once the panoramic images were constructed from real images captured in each of the six lifeboat stations.
Weymouth’s crew room would begin as the first location on the tour, tricky with its unbalanced floor.
All the research conducted so far on this project has been done in conjunction with young people, exploring how creative use of technology could be used to enhance their learning, bringing the RNLI bang up to date with its uses of technology at the same time.
View a film showing one of the crew from Weymouth explaining why he is a volunteer.
Matthew Eaves (Ultralab)
Colin Elsey (Ultralab)
Mark Constable (Ultralab)
Pete Bradshaw (Ultralab)
Micky Slatford (RNLI)
James Vaughan (RNLI)
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2001's Digital Creativity Summer School films celebrated at V&A in London

The results from the 2001 project are amazing, with 17 excellent movies. The movies were turned into a DVD and exhibited at the V&A (Victorla and Albert) museum in an evening celebration of digital creativity managed by the Ultralab team. Click to watch the audience arrive.
The film ‘Tacky’ stretched the possibilities of iMovie 2, ‘Tragedy’ was partly filmed at 4am, and the girls from ‘Ordinary’. Ordinary is a movie containing lots of face painted children defended their movie exceptionally well infront of a live audience at the V&A…
Teacher in Audience: “Why have you got your face painted throughout the movie? face painting is not ordinary”.
Girl from ‘Ordinary’ Film: “To a face painter, face painting is ordinary”.
December’s event at the V&A was attended by the DfES and the press, a spectacular achievement for all involved. The very first DVD to be produced by Ultralab was built and presented to every child who took part in the project.
The movies have since been showcased at conferences and presentations worldwide. At one conference the BBC saw the work and began discussions with Ultralab on a potential project where Children make their own television.
Click to watch Tacky or Tragedy or to watch the V&A event highlights for 2001, or click here to watch all the other movies from 2001.
Greg Childs from the Future TV department at Children’s BBC was the special guest speaker.
Ultralab Team:
Stephen Heppell, George Variopoulos, Matthew Eaves, Hamish Scott-Brown, Mark Constable, Neil Boughen, Richard Millwood, Claire Gregory, Colin Elsey and Alex Blanc
Some images from the event: