For the second year running I went with my college to Cape Town in South Africa to share skills. I did a Digital Storytelling and Photography workshop with the students of Manenberg High School.

Here is a video montage of what we got up to!
Camera: Emily, Meryl, Paula
Editing: Emily
Music: Sia – Breathe Me

Students from different faculties at Yale College, Wrexham fundraised enough money individually and for the group to go to Cape Town, South Africa in February 2010. The team shared their skills such as cricket coaching, football, netball, cooking (Welsh cakes), photography, digital storytelling, filmmaking and indian head massage with Talfalah Primary School and Manenberg High School. Here is a montage of footage from the trip!

Camera: Meryl Koschinska
Editor: Emily Roberts
Song: Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine

Craig Robinson has found a way to escape the confines of everyday life. He no longer sees the world as a prison, instead he sees freedom thanks to his passion for free running. He vaults over obstacles such as railings and walls at Bellevue Park in Newport. It is his hobby, job and life.

Special thanks to Craig Robinson.

Camera A: Rhodri Carter
Camera B: Emily Roberts
Editor: Emily Roberts
Assistant Editor: Rhodri Carter

Shot with a Canon 550D with a 17-85mm lens and a Nikon D3100 with a 70-300mm lens.

Thanks to John Burgan, Chris Morris, Rhydian James-Yeoman, Mike Thomas, Dale Wharton, Gemma Roberts, Georgie Robertshaw and Ashley Evans.

Short documentary about what a Priest does in his spare time.

Filmed and edited by Emily Roberts and Katie Davies.

A short documentary about Lindy Martin, a ceramicist and beachcomber from Llansteffan. We follow her beachcombing and making one of her signature teapots. Finally, we chat about her dad who was a famous local photographer in Aberystwyth. The documentary was created while studying at Aberystwyth University for the Documentary Production module in our third year.

Equipment

We filmed using a Nikon D5100 and Nikon D3100 with kit lenses. Aberystwyth University let us borrow a camera slider and a TASCAM audio recorder with a wireless tie-clip microphone to improve production quality.

Reception

The final film received 73% which is a First at University level and was screened at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. It was also selected as part of The Eye: Ceramic Season exhibition which was shown in the foyer of the Arts Centre in a pod shaped like an eye.

An experimental project for my documentary module while studying Film and TV at Aberystwyth University. The challenge was that no shot could last longer than twelve frames, hence the jump cutting in the style of The Five Obstructions by Lars Von Trier and Jorgen Leth.

Credits:

Camera A: Emily Roberts
Camera B: Clara Reynolds
Sound: Holly Davis

WINNER in the 19-25 category for Best Documentary at the ZOOM International Film Festival (BAFTA approved) March 27th 2015
Official selection at AUBG Film festival
Shortlisted at the AMIRANI Student Film Festival 2014 in Georgia
Shortlist for best documentary at Freshly Squeezed International Film Festival 2013
Shortlist for best new talent award at Freshly Squeezed International Film Festival 2013
Nominated for best documentary at Fuse Film Festival 2013
Nominated for best direction at Thurrock International Film Festival 2013
Nominated for best documentary at Thurrock International Film Festival 2013

Other screenings:
Glastonbury Film Festival 2015
Filmed up, Cornerhouse, Manchester
Kino Shorts, Manchester
Gloustershire Film Showcase

A Documentary about love and happiness. The film follows a couple and their everyday life together. Filmed below the waistline along with the sound of their poems is an experimental way to see if the audience can understand characters without seeing their faces…

Director: Natasha Hawthornthwaite
Co-Director: Emily Roberts
Camera & Sound: Emily Roberts, Natasha Hawthornthwaite
Editor: Emily Roberts

Kevin McNally (Actor, Pirates of the Caribbean)
“Delightful and imaginatively shot”

Mick Jackson (Director of L.A. Story, Volcano and The Bodyguard)
“Natasha Hawthornwaite’s touching film is commendably brave and honest and quite unafraid of seeming sentimental – for which I would applaud it. It’s a really neat idea to hear the affirmations of love spoken over shots of everyday house-keeping activities As we listen to the couple’s voices, we come to know them and appreciate their relationship, even though we don’t see their faces until the last minute.”

Sally Lisk-Lewis (BBC Developer)
“What a delightful film. Made me feel strangely proud – and grateful for the happiness that exist between two people. It’s not easy to show that kind of contentment on screen but you did it in a very charming, heartful way, beautifully observed.”

Christopher Morris (Lecturer at Newport Film School & BBC Producer & Director)
“This was a perfect short film that did not outstay it’s welcome – it delivered a simple idea and was flooded with warmth, humour and love.”