Scotland’s first ever mass participation documentary film project, Northern Lights, has been launched. For the next three months people from across the country will be called upon to pick up their cameras or mobile phones and share videos about their lives, hopes and dreams.
Open to everyone from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages and life experiences, the film project was unveiled on Sauchiehall Street by award-winning Scottish filmmaker Nick Higgins.
Submissions, which can be anything from a brief video fragment to an unedited stream of consciousness, can be made online with the promise that the best submissions will be gathered together and edited into a unique feature length documentary. The finished films will be presented as a unique and immersive screening experience which will tour Scotland in the winter of 2012.
Nick Higgins, Northern Lights Director, said, “The idea of inviting people from across Scotland to pick up a camera, film their Scotland and share their lives is hugely exciting to me and we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get involved. Our aim is to create a truly original representation of Scotland, taking in everything from the extraordinary to the everyday.
“For Northern Lights to achieve this, we need people from all walks of life to get involved. Each submission, no matter how modest, will help to build this epic self-portrait of Scotland in 2012 and we want everyone to be part of it. This is a film about Scotland, so who better to create its content than the people of Scotland themselves?”
Throughout the project, to encourage and support submissions, Northern Lights will make £10,000 of awards to the participants they feel have made the most compelling contributions to the project. Special Northern Lights workshops will also be happening throughout the country, as well as online video tutorials and feedback.
Filmed contributions must be uploaded to the Northern Lights website by 21 June 2012 and you must be over 14 to submit to the project. So go on take out your camera and get involved!