Green Lane Films is 5! And that means it has survived those crucial years that see most businesses falling by the wayside.
So I’d like to celebrate by looking back at some highlights.
This year one of my films received an award…drum roll…only joking…the people in it got the award for their work and Green Lane Films showcased it in a video for their application process. University of Plymouth – Janet Richardson’s team won a ‘Green Gown Award’ for sustainability achievements in the Academic world. And bless them they attribute it to my film!
Here’s an INTERESTING FACT about how I began:
In Nov 2009 Totnes Job Centre gave me £300 towards equipment to set up an enterprise. So I bought a £600 2nd hand Canon DV camera on ebay and an eMac that was barely able to handle Final Cut Express!
In that first year I secured commissions with the Dartington Hall Trust and Schumacher College, both progressive, ground breaking organisations. I had the honour of filming Vandana Shiva and Joanna Macy, two inspiring feminine activists. But it was the Transition Network that kept me going financially. Rob Hopkins gets invited to speak at many events around the world but in his commitment to mitigate the effects of climate change, he doesn’t usually fly. So instead, I made countless DVDs of him giving his presentation to camera.
Year three and I get another commission from the Transition Network to make In Transition 2.0, another hour long doc showcasing inspiring projects around the world that are tackling global issues at the local level. I employed the talented Beccy Strong again to do camera, and Emilio Mula to create all the quirky animations that gave the film a friendly and humorous tone. James Engwell fine cut the film with his digital finesse and loads of other great film makers from around the world also contributed.
Here’s the trailer which has received over 60,000 hits on YouTube
The 4th year was a little sparse but I took the opportunity to focus on releasing some equity to invest back into the business. I also got to work for 3 months at Two Four in Plymouth. Getting back into TV was quite a ride! I got so much praise for my camera work, I hadn’t acknowledged to myself how acceptable it was! But a highlight was going out on a boat in Cardigan Bay to see dolphins, with Lynda Bellingham, OBE (bless her soul) for her series My Tasty Travels. Lynda and I talked about writing, as we were both at difference stages of writing our first memoir. Lynda has now gone on to complete two and I look forward to reading them both. I treasure the time I spent with her and feel sad and moved by her recent passing.
This past, 5th year is so full of highlights, I’m afraid I might lose you as a reader…so bullet points only:
Next year is going to be even better because after 20 years of working in TV etc., always making films for other people, I will finally be releasing my first ever feature length documentary. The working title is Take Their Love and it’s based on the Spiritualist Church in Newton Abbot. Watch this space for the trailer coming soon!
Happy 5th Birthday to GLF! And a particularly large thanks goes to the Inland Revenue for keeping me going with Working Tax Credits!
My aim is to not qualify for them next year!