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Please note that applications are now closed, however if you are a filmmaker keen to work with us in future then please do drop us a line with some examples of your work.

We are currently seeking interest from creative filmmakers able to capture and edit live footage of performances to be recorded in Glasgow on one day during w/c 19 October 2020. We hope this call for interest will also allow us to get to know more innovative filmmakers across Scotland interested in future collaboration, so would welcome expressions of interest even if this particular project doesn’t work for your diary.   

Anno: Andrew Berridge

Summary: Scottish Ensemble is seeking to collaborate with an experienced filmmaker in the creation of a visually-striking new film capturing an upcoming project with mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill. At a time of great reflection across the world, the programme will see Karen explore Songs for Life – from lullabies and love songs, to songs of celebration and lament – framed by rich strings-only repertoire which further explores these universal moments in life, performed by the exceptional musicians of Scottish Ensemble. 

Originally envisaged as an immersive live theatre performance, we now plan to create a one-hour film capturing the concert performance in a venue in central Glasgow. We would also consider including additional material alongside the performance, including informal discussions between Karen and Scottish Ensemble CEO Jenny Jamison and Artistic Director Jonathan Morton, additional footage filmed at home by members of the ensemble and / or footage filmed in and around the venue in Glasgow.

Audience: The project aims to engage our usual concert-going audiences as well as new online audiences unaware of our work or unfamiliar with classical music in general, but who are looking for interesting digital experiences during this unusual time. The project forms part of a series focusing on finding a new filmic language for classical music on screen. We want to bring our innovative approach to live performance into a digital context and work with experienced filmmakers to devise and deliver something that captures the dynamic energy of the ensemble.

Outputs: We are looking for a final video of approximately 60 minutes in length, capturing the full performance alongside additional material as necessary. The final product must be easily accessible (i.e. no special technology required to experience it) and reflect the high quality output of Scottish Ensemble’s live experiences. The video will be made available as a ticketed online concert. 

Timeline: Filming to take place over one day w/c 19 October, with access for set up the preceding day if necessary. Editing to take place directly after filming to allow for launch by end of October.

Budget: £4,000 to cover all visual elements for the concert performance (crew, equipment hire, editing, syncing with audio track) and any additional audiovisual material; audio recording and sound engineer costs for the concert performance will be budgeted for and organised separately.

How to apply: If you are interested in being considered for the project, please submit a pitch document of no more than two pages outlining the following:

  • why you would like to be involved in the project
  • what your approach to reflecting the intimate atmosphere of the performance would be
  • what your team for the project would include
  • roughly how you would allocate the budget
  • examples of relevant previous work

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 6 October 2020. For more information please contact Stuart Burns.