Uxbridge College filmmakers trained up by Chocolate Films are among those whose documentary work is being featured in the Youth Takeover season. features London’s largest documentary web series and each week viewers are able to watch a three-minute film about a new Londoner.

The new unique collection of shorts has been shot, directed and edited by young filmmakers from community events and colleges across the capital, including Uxbridge College. The students on the UAL Level 3 Creative Media Production: Film and Television course at Uxbridge College took part in feedback sessions facilitated by filmmakers from Chocolate Films, resulting in four films selected to be screened on the website.

Students from Uxbridge College produced films about Graphic Design student Natalia, upcoming recording artist Seun, single mother of six Simone, and flight attendant Tom.

David Lashbrook, Media Lecturer at Uxbridge College said: “The project offers students a great opportunity to develop their documentary production skills whilst engaging with members of the local community, and provides an opportunity to be a part of a unique web series which aims to give a digital portrait of London. The films produced were varied and give an interesting insight into the lives of some diverse Londoners. The standard of films produced on this project was excellent and I am really pleased that four films were selected for the web series. The feedback that the College received from Chocolate Films was very positive and we hope to work with them again in the future.”

Chocolate Films, working in partnership with a range of organisations including Heathrow Community Fund, were able to offer a number of students the opportunity to receive documentary filmmaking workshops, access to professional equipment, and work experience at their studios in London.

The project benefited the students by allowing them to gain an insight into the media industry and valuable work experience. As a result they were able to develop their employability skills, and produce two high quality videos which will assist them in future applications for both industry and university.

1000 Londoners Young Ambassadors offers young Londoners aged 15-25 the opportunity to gain more experience in pre production, production, post production, event production and marketing. The Young Ambassadors meet once a month to discuss future production decisions, develop filmmaking skills and produce 1000 Londoners films.

Chocolate Films is a South London based film production company specialising in documentary film production and learning programmes. Set up 15 years ago, by directors Mark Currie and Rachel Wang, Chocolate Films has a team of 17 filmmakers providing full production services to charities, museums, galleries and heritage organisations, as well as cinema documentaries.

Directed by: Marcus Cartwright
Director of Photography: Arjun Rajput
Camera Operator: Kageth Kathirgamalingam
Production Sound Mixer: Shay-Lynn Dudhia

Directed by: Elena Queally
Director of Photography: Thomas O’Regan
Production Sound Mixer: Nathan Semke

Directed by: Dane Powell
Director of Photography: Ryan Baldock
Camera Operator: Ryan Masters
Production Sound Mixer: Laine Ambrose-Mcauliffe

Directed by: Christian Preedy
Director of Photography: Piotr Brzegowy
Camera Operator: Dante Ellington-Grant
Production Sound Mixer: Daniel Baker

The documentaries will be live on the site from the following dates:
Natalia: Monday 11 December
Simone: Monday 18 December
Tom: Monday 1 January
Seun: Monday 8 January.