All footage imporated for Lifeboats.TV Video Edit

colinandmatt.jpgColin and I are pleased to announce that all the footage from the eight locations which we’ve visited over the past year for the RNLI’s innovative Lifeboats.TV project have been imported ready for editing. Before the editing begins I’ve cut a movie with all the people we’ve interviewed, in the exact order they were interviewed. 180 people were interviewed, 20 hours of footage created.
We were sad to hear that the very last person to be interviewed (last in the below film) passed away suddenly and respect the families wishes that material recorded should still be used in Lifeboats.TV. Colin, myself and the team from Ultralab send our most sincere condolences to the families of the Tobermory lifeboat crew.
The following film will take a while to load, but should be worth the wait.
Watch 180 people the movie – made by Matthew Eaves this film includes nearly everyone who played a part in the Lifeboats.TV project: Play NowPlay in Popup

Skegness Lifeboat Station visited for Lifeboats.TV

18-20th February 2002
In Skegness we met Joel, the longest serving RNLI person in the country. Joel had been part of the lifeboat station since he was three years old. Joel’s father and grand father also served on the crew.
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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.
Watch a male crew member explain how the more cakes baked the worse the weather was.
Team:
Matthew Eaves (Ultralab)
Colin Elsey (Ultralab)
Dunstan Bertschinger (Ultralab Support Teacher from Summer School Project)
Pete Bradshaw (Ultralab)
Alison Gee (Ultralab)
Micky Slatford (RNLI)
Some images from the event:

Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Station becomes new focus for Lifeboats.TV (28th – 31st January 2002)

Hamish Scott-Brown, Colin Elsey and Matthew Eaves headed over the sea to Dun Laoghaire in Ireland to begin the second lot of filming for the Lifeboats.TV project.
The crew there were amazing, providing excellent stories and accounts of rescues which were turned into video and audio files, and incorporated into the Lifeboats.TV website.
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.
Watch a male crew member explain what it is like to be in a lifeboat on a shout.
Click to watch a movie about the kind of person do you need to be a lifeboat crew member.
photos_dunlaoghaire.jpgThis movie explains why a female crew member does what she does.
A young male crew member explains what he thinks a person has to be in order to be a lifeboat crew member.
View the pictures taken at the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Station.
And finally…
This film is one of the best we managed to capture, and explains with emotion why it is that lifeboat crewmembers are prepared to risk their lives to save those of others.
Team:
Matthew Eaves (Ultralab)
Colin Elsey (Ultralab)
Hamish Scott-Brown (Ultralab)
Micky Slatford (RNLI)
Peter Bradley (RNLI)
Some images from the event:

 

Transformation Digital Creativity Project concludes at the Millenium Dome

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SEEVEAZ (South East of England Virtual Education Action Zone) approached Ultralab to ‘do something creative’ with children during the month of August 2000. The ‘action zones’ were set up as part of a government initiative to support schools within regions who had not fully adopted technology within their teaching and learning. SEEVEAZ became the only ‘virtual’ action zone in the country and worked closely with Ultralab throughout its five year life-span (starting in 2000).
SEEVEAZ initially challenged Ultralab with young people from its regional schools which were considered ‘gifted and talented’ but were also ‘not performing to their potential.
The objective of the first summer school was to give a ‘touch challenge’ which would try and test the young people involved in the project to ‘raise their game’ when returning to academic lessons after the summer break.
Ultralab Director, Stephen Heppell challenged the young people with a project called ‘Transformation’. The young people were given still cameras and computers and set the task (in groups) to ‘tell the story of transformation from one state to another in a series of still images’.
The completed pieces of work were exhibited at the Millenium Dome, where Ultralab worked with Tesco to design ‘The Learning Zone’.

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One of the seven movies, ‘A Century of People’ is based on the ageing process in humans. The movie starts with a pregnant woman, then a newborn baby, then a one year old right through to a one hundred year old person. The movie points out the differences between the ages that you would not normally notice. There are a hundred photographs, one for every age.

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The movies produced by the children from the SEEVEAZ schools in Essex and Kent were so exceptional and led to the 2001 project ‘Emotions’, which budget was allocated to for the purchase of equipment schoolwide.
Lots of lessons were learnt from the initial pilot project which went on to being and formulate the Ultralab formula to running an effective digital creativity project on a global scale.
Some of the movies are here on digitalcreativity.org, click below to watch them:

icon for podpress Century of People : This project is based on the ageing process in humans. It starts with a pregnant woman going on to a newborn baby then on to a one year old up to a hundred year old. It points out the differences between the ages that you would not normally notice.: Play Now | Play in Popup
icon for podpress Tempus Fugit : Our transformation takes you through the life of a person in a series of still photographs with text, from birth to death. As time goes by (shown by the scene in the background changes) we show that a person would transform, by using different actors walking across the foreground. We used similar clothes, however throughout the entire piece to show that some things always stay the same.: Play Now | Play in Popup
icon for podpress Time to Die : The project is based upon Weapons of warfare and shows a good mix of weapons and battle scenes. It starts from the simple flint dagger to the powerful mechanical weaponary of the modern day.: Play Now | Play in Popup
icon for podpress Papernautics : Papernautics is about a piece of paper transforming into different objects and going on a journey.: Play Now | Play in Popup
icon for podpress Time and Tide : A series of digital images which portray the transformation of a sand castle decaying with time.: Play Now | Play in Popup