Alice Beasley on “discovering shared histories” and “pushing creative boundaries” in next phase of programme exploring Hull’s maritime past

A group of the city’s finest young artists will come together this weekend as the second phase of Nova’s digital and creative skills project in collaboration with the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project begins. Over the next year, the programme will see Nova work with some of Hull’s leading creative names to provide an opportunity […]

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‘Imagine a Perfect World’ – New series of short films strengthening links between Hull and Freetown, Sierra Leone

Freedom Festival and KCOM are partnering with Nova Studios, Freetown Media Centre and the British Council to commission a series of exciting films from young film-makers in Hull’s partner city Freetown, Sierra Leone. The announcement follows a series of British Council supported ‘Film Labs’ which were established to grow and develop young film-making talent in […]

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“The notebooks were bulging and brains were buzzing” – Nova’s digital and creative skills project with Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City off to superb start

Nova’s digital and creative skills project in collaboration with Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City is underway and off to a flyer. Bringing together some of the city’s best creative minds, the programme will see the work of 20 writers, film-makers, musicians and artists, all aged 16-25, culminate in a film promoting Hull’s Maritime City status. It’s […]

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Interviewing and interviewees – Why Nova gets the best results

One of the things we think makes Nova’s films stand out is the way our participants come across in interviews: emotionally open, confident, articulate and at ease. We watch so many films where the voices sound wooden or scripted, terrible hard-hat walk-and-talks around building sites, managing directors reading from scripts but pretending they’re being interviewed, […]

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Russ Litten looks ahead to working with “the sharpest and most inventive minds in the city” in our project exploring Hull’s maritime identity

This weekend sees the start of an exciting new project which will have Nova work with Hull’s brightest young artists, writers and film-makers to explore the city’s identity. Along with a selection of Hull’s leading creatives, Nova will deliver a digital skills programme working toward the completion of short films inspired by Hull’s life as a […]

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Producing films for Hull through the pandemic

One day the sun will rise and all of the windows will let in light… …this old town will know life again and as sure as the tide turns we will welcome you back – again, and again, and again. The last year and a bit has been a time like no other and we […]

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Young creatives wanted to help tell Hull’s Maritime story

Nova is looking for Hull’s brightest creatives to be part of a project telling our city’s story. We’re offering an opportunity for 20 participants, age between 16 and 25 and living in Hull, to enhance their portfolios, hone their digital and creative skills and help shape the narrative of their hometown. What is it? The […]

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Producing lockdown Zoom films for Hull York Medical School

During the last couple of years, we’ve visited hospitals all over the country for Hull York Medical School, visiting young doctors and hearing about their lives and their journeys and creating short films for potential new recruits to the school. When lockdown started, we needed to take a different approach. Whilst we’d always prefer to […]

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Freetown Film Labs: Building partnerships and promoting film-making opportunities internationally

Through 2020 and into 2021 we’ve been working with our close collaborators at Freetown Media Centre in Sierra Leone to deliver a series of British Council-backed film-making labs to support the country’s emerging film sector. The British Council contract called for an established UK/Sierra Leone partnership to lead the work and we were delighted to […]

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