Bradford Video Portraits: Shoot 7, 8 and 9

Shoot 7: Tuesday 12 May: Bradford City Hall

The weather wasn’t at its best for Tuesday, being incredibly windy which meant that filming outdoors was a definite no. Filming on Tuesday 12 May began with interviewing Cllr. David Green Leader of  Bradford Council and Cllr. Susan
Hinchcliffe, Portfolio Holder, Employment Skills and Culture. We filmed them both in one of Bradford’s most beautiful buildings the City Hall. Being able to do filming inside City Hall was definitely a great opportunity as it was a new experience for myself. The interior design of City Hall is absolutely stunning as you can definitely see the history behind the architecture, dating back to 1873.

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The inside of City Hall was huge, it seemed like a maze in trying to find David Green. Both David Green and Susan Hinchcliffe were very enthusiastic in describing Bradford and what makes it unique. To film these two councillors allows the public and ourselves a chance to see the casual and informal side of politics. To reflect on the political perspective of Bradford, the town can be seen as “resilient, hard working and welcoming” which I feel sums up Bradford pretty well.

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In finishing the filming of City Hall, it was a bit tricky to find our way out of this elaborate building. With it being such a huge building, I’m surprised we didn’t get lost, but be soon found our way out.

Shoot 8: Tuesday 12 May,  Bradford City Library

Our next location was filming inside Bradford City Library. Even though we had already done some filming in the children’s section of the library, we wanted to get an inside view of what the staff of the city library think of Bradford. We also chose a great moment to do filming as it was quiet and there weren’t many people around, meaning there would be no disruptions. From the view of Fatima Desai, her favourite aspect of Bradford is centenary square in the summer when groups of friends and families are surrounding the water park.

Shoot 9: Tuesday 12 May: 1in12 club

The next location for filming was completely new to me, I had no idea that it even existed! I guess that’s one of the perks of the ‘Bradford Video Portraits’, we are always discovering new places in Bradford. It definitely is well hidden within town. The 1in12 club is very unique and rustic which gives the club a sense of ‘pizazz’. We had the perfect location of filming in their library as the surroundings showed the age of the building and the different uses of the library – a place for people to relax amongst friends or somewhere to get your work done.

The building possesses a unique style which cannot be replicated, it’s almost as if it is lost in time. It feels like this club is home to a diverse group of young people who have fresh and new views about Bradford. It was fun to listen to the different thoughts on Bradford, they delved into the weird and strange aspects of Bardford that make the town quirky and fun. It was interesting how Bradford can be seen as being unpredictable and “bleak yet colourful at the same time”. What I felt was very accurate and also funny was when someone commented on how their favourite element of Bradford is that in Bradford, “everything is always uphill so wherever you go there is a good view at the end”. That’s the countryside for you!

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