Collaboration and partnership are the keys to a successful video project shooting in Scotland this summer.
Pink Saltire are partnering with BlueStar Streaming and the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign to produce a short film tackling the issues of bullying and teacher training.
Funded by Awards for All, the feature will be one of 4 short films / documentaries as part of the “Pink Saltire Originals” project, exploring topical issues in the LGBTI community in Scotland through film.
BlueStar will be shooting a short film titled “Time for Inclusive Education?” which will look at the high profile TIE campaign and the promises made by political leaders to tackle homophobia in schools and the lack of training teachers receive in LGBTI issues.
BlueStar Streaming is a modern digital agency based in Glasgow offering products and services around the delivery of film and video content, live video streaming, YouTube Channel Management, social media and web content management.
Head of Production, Trevor Thomson, is a media professional with 20 years experience of digital media production, live streaming, web development and interactive content creation. Trevor has been a DOP lighting cameraman throughout his 20 years in digital media production. He also has a BA in Video and Digital Art and a BSc in Multimedia Design.
Producer Martin Graham is a journalist and freelance media professional who has worked with ITN, BBC, Channel 4 and various independent production companies. Martin has an MA in Multimedia Journalism.
Richard McArthur, Trustee of Pink Saltire, said, “We are delighted to be working with BlueStar on this particular project. They demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues that the TIE campaign are working on and have a very high technical competence. We expect a really powerful piece on the impact of homophobic bullying in our schools but also demonstrating some of the fantastic work going on in Scotland with teachers and young people.”
In a statement, TIE campaign co-founder Jordan Daly said, “We are excited to be working alongside Pink Saltire to produce this film about our campaign and our efforts towards achieving LGBTI inclusive education. We believe that, following marriage equality, the next domino to topple in the advancement of LGBTI equality lies in our education system. It is important that this moment is archived, and that the voices of young LGBTI people are heard.”
Recent BlueStar projects include producing content and strategy management for Dyslexia Scotland’s YouTube channel. Previous films for Dyslexia Scotland were shown at the annual conference in 2015. Other recent projects include video production work for Show Racism the Red Card and corporate digital production work for Caledonian MacBrayne.
BlueStar has live-streamed the Calmac Culture event at King Tut’s in Glasgow for the past three years giving music fans the opportunity to watch live musical performances on a You Tube stream.
BlueStar also produced four short films for the STUC highlighting the work and achievements of union award winners. The films were shown at the STUC’s 2016 Annual Congress and are also featured on the organisation’s website.
Trevor Thomson said, “As a company, Bluestar Streaming is positive about diversity, inclusion and equality for all, so we are delighted to work with Pink Saltire on this project.”
The short film is due for completion by September 5th.
You can find out more about BlueStar HERE.
You can find out more about the TIE campaign HERE.
Written by: Stuart Duffy