Bradford Video Portraits: Shoot 5 and 6

Shoot 5: Friday 8 May, Little Germany

On Friday 8 May our first shoot was in Little Germany where we had arranged an interview with David Wilson Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film. It was very enjoyable as the weather was on our side this time, giving us sunshine all morning.  Filming in Little Germany was truly astounding as the architecture surrounding the Bradford Design Exchange was really impressive, being able to see the history within the architecture.

David Wilson even brought with him a clapper board with the New Focus logo on it, talk about professional! It was a nice touch to see that New Focus had their own clapper board, making it feel like Bradford Video Portraits will soon become the next Hollywood Blockbuster.

Hearing David Wilson’s view towards Bradford was fresh and new, expanding on the view of Bradford being diverse and welcoming towards new and different cultures. During the interview with David Wilson, I was amazed and surprised to learn that within Little Germany, in the area behind the Bradford Design Exchange, Bollywood and Hollywood scenes had been filmed within that same area – in Bradford! To know that scenes from films such as The King’s Speech were shot in Bradford stunned me, but I made sure to keep my amazement and shock to myself.

The majority of interviews (so far) which New Focus have directed within this project have explored the diversity and multicultural element of Bradford. which, of course, reinforces the friendly and open nature of Bradford. But What was refreshing to hear from David Wilson was how he sees Bradford as being “edgy, but in a good way!” Some could see this statement as possibly negative, but David Wilson quickly clarified that by ‘edgy’ he means that Bradford, unlike other cities, possesses a quirky element which makes it stand out and makes it more exciting, especially for the younger generation as it is becoming a more modern city.

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Shoot 6: Friday 8 May: Bradford City A.F.C stadium

The weather was still behaving itself so far, but in being warned that it would soon pour it down with rain later in the evening, we needed to make sure that we arrived to our next destination before it decided to rain on our parade. Now our next location definitely spurred some excitement amongst our film crew (Luke and Jonathan) as they were over the moon in going to a football stadium. Personally, I didn’t know what the big deal was but that could be due to the fact that I am not a big football fan. But I have to admit that when we arrived at the stadium, it was a pretty impressive site to behold. It was a first time I had ever been to a football stadium and I have to say, it was definitely an amazing first experience, one I am sure none of us will forget. Next to the stadium is the free school, ‘One In A Million’. It was an amazing opportunity, being able to interview two students from the school along with the co-founder Wayne Jacobs, to see where his passion for the city stems from. Along with setting up the filming equipment and making sure that we got these interviews done before the downpour, there was still some time to have some fun and admire the view within the stadium. Being able to stand on the football pitch and see the vastness of this stadium. It seems without a doubt that in order to capture the essence and passion of Bradford, the Bradford city football team has to be included. From an outside perspective, it was truly a wonderful experience being able to casually walk on the pitch – made us wish we brought a football with us.

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