l To provide an opportunity for a community group in each of our partner areas to contribute creatively to the development of the project
l To create a product that will arouse interest and stimulate participation among the farming communities whose culture we are celebrating
l To offer a sense of ownership and involvement to all participants - producers and audiences alike
l To reiterate and emphasise our message that the similarities between our cultures are overwhelming, and our differences fascinating.
1. We would create a mythical mountain village somewhere in Europe. The film’s linking passages would take us through a different door or gate into each culture.
2. We’d support the production of a three-to-five-minute video clip in each partner country, devised and made by a community group who would have a completely open choice in how they address the challenge “tell us something about your life and culture.” Regulation and technical requirements would be kept to an absolute minimum, and each contribution would be made in the native language.
3. We’d create opening and linking passages centrally, and edit the clips together into a continuous 30 - 40 minute film. There would be no subtitles, simply a key-word at the foot of each contribution, identifying its country of origin.
Each partner would take responsibility for finding an appropriate production group, as close to community grassroots as possible. In Wales, for example, a Young Farmers’ Club branch might be a good choice, although we have a very creative youth theatre in West Wales, producing only material devised by participants; elsewhere, it might be a school or college, a farmers’ co-operative, a bar, a youth club or retirement home, a theatre group or youth club…. There is a wide range of possibilities, but once a choice is made, we should delegate creative responsibility as completely as possible.
We would provide sufficient funding to enable original, lo-tech productions. A small voluntary production group I’m part of, ‘Pam Lai?’, would willingly undertake the creation of the introductory and linking passages at cost price; we have the well-known Welsh-language actor, director and presenter Ffion Dafis in the group and the artist-camerawoman Elin Crowley. The Connemara-based TV company Fibin have also offered to edit the material together, also at cost - approximately £800-900 instead of £4,000-£5,000. We may find ourselves, though, with other and better options.
Production of clips in each country: up to £500 each = £2,500 maximum
Production of introduction and linking passages at cost: £500 maximum
Editing together and finalising: £1,000 maximum
AMOUNT BUDGETED FOR THIS PURPOSE IN BRITISH COUNCIL APPLIACTION: £4,000.
This treatment is intended as the opening stage of a wider creative discussion.