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Introduction to RCAHMS & Film-making

On the first day of the workshop, the participants were introduced to the work of RCAHMS and listened to a talk about the history of Renaissance Dundee by Professor Charles McKean. Split into small groups, they then worked with Graham Drysdale to learn how to use the video cameras and other film making equipment.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Skills
  • Attitudes & Values

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge about the history of Dundee and understanding the role of RCAHMS in recording this history
  • Developing skills in using film equipment

Examination of Archive Material

Following their introduction, the participants explored the collection material brought along to the workshop by RCAHMS. Two sets of enlarged aerial photographs allowed participants to examine the city in an entirely new way. The first set, an RAF sortie from 1943, depicted the Dundee foreshore. The second set allowed participants to compare views of the city from the 1940s and 50s with views from the 1990s and 21st century. Historic books, maps and photographs helped to reveal further the changes that the city has undergone.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Attitudes & Values

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding archive material, how to use and interpret it
  • Learning about the changes that Dundee has faced
  • Change in participants attitude towards their city

Tour of Dundee City Centre

The second day of the workshop was devoted to a guided tour of Dundee city centre and harbour area with Professor McKean. To begin, Graham split the participants into film crews, each including a camera person, sound person, stills photographer and artist to make quick sketches of the sites. Prof. McKean then led the tour round Dundee, throughout which the group gathered their film footage. On return to the centre the groups carried out interviews and filmed short sequences of each other discussing the archive material and their experiences of Dundee.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Skills
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning more about their local area
  • Developing skills in using film equipment and the film making process
  • Developing skills in teamwork
  • Being surprised at the facts they learned about a city many had lived in their entire lives and being inspired to find out more

I found working with people from a different generation most enjoyable and it was quite illuminating to hear how the younger ones saw the city, its people and its history.

- Andrew, Menolej Experience member

Film Editing

The final day of the workshop was devoted to selecting and editing scenes for the final film. Additional interviews, discussion sequences and voice-overs were filmed and recorded as well as one participant singing a short song about Dundee! The selected scenes were then handed over to Graham to undergo the final editing process.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Skills
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing communication skills through interviews and discussions
  • Developing new skills and creativity in film editing and production

I did not know anything about RCAHMS before the workshop and learnt the importance of recording past history of places in Scotland.

- - James, Menolej Experience member

Event

On Friday 20th March 2009, the participants, their friends and family gathered at the Stepps Theatre in Dundee Central Library for a screening of the completed film entitled 'The Changing Face of Dundee'. Each participant received a copy of the film which proved so popular that additional copies had to be made for distribution to family, friends and colleagues!

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Attitudes and Values
  • Activity, Behaviour, Progression

Learning Outcomes

  • Pride in themselves and each other in seeing the completed film
  • Intended to learn more about Dundee and try film-making in school

Further Development

Some of the members of the Menolej Experience visited RCAHMS to find out more about the work of the organisation and contribute some of their own information to Canmore, RCAHMS online database of buildings, archaeology and industry.

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