On Friday afternoon we held our Teaser Showcase Event for Dig Media in the Landing, MediaCityUK. The event was put in place to not only showcase the documentary trailer but also provide the trainees with the chance to showcase their excellent work and outcomes of the project which has all been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The event gave the trainees an opportunity to develop their skillsets even further, through events management. The trainees planned the event, including the location, invitation, food, timings, guest list etc.
Additionally, we developed 2 large Dig Media banners, brochures and printed images of the trainees at work.
The exhibition looked great and all of the excellent planning had not gone to waste.
The turnout was excellent with guestlist of approx. 50-80 people, all involved with the project, came to show their support and some came to share their own stories in relation to Dig. Members of Salford City Council attended, such as Councillor Gina Reynolds, support from UoS came from Lynne McCadden and from UoM from Mike Taylor.
The event began with an insightful presentation delivered by Jason Turton, about the project as a whole and it's connections to education and training. This lead smoothly onto Ellen Hamilton from UTCMediaCityUK, as she represented the trainees who are part of the project and gave some refreshing words about what they had learnt. Ellen also introduced the trainee's 'videoblogs' which gave the audience a clear understanding of what the students had been doing over the past few months and how they felt about the project.
After, it was time for a really exciting part of the event... the teaser trailer reveal. The audience watched in amazement as they saw clips of Jack's fascinating archive combined with exclusive interview clips from many well-known faces as well as the incredible video edit that pulled it all together, made by Chantel Haigh from Toasted Productions (Dig's sister company).
The room felt electric with excitement for the future Dig Documentary and to give some more detail into how all of this was possible in the first place, Simon Marsland gave a few words about the archive's history and his visions of what to do with it.
To top everything off, our guest of honour was Lee Harris, who travelled up from London to speak and read a poem from his book, Echoes of the Underground, that was written about Jack Henry Moore.
The event came to a close and the praise came flooding in from our guests. ‘I had a great afternoon the other day and was really proud of what the young people had achieved with you. Great experience for them.’ - Andrea Gardner
Just remember, this great event was only a 'Teaser showcase', meaning there is even more exciting things to come...