Freelance photo/film commission: brief

Project outline

The Intergenerational Connections project is a personal project initiated by Lynne Hocking (Lynne’s Loom) that explores her family’s connection to weaving in NE Scotland through genetics, ancestry and handwoven objects. “Powerhouses” is one part of this story that has been funded by a grant from Creative Scotland’s Open Fund for Sustaining Creative Development. This grant covers research, site visits and creation of new work, as well as documentation of the processes involved.

This is a rolling call to commission documentation through photography and film, and will close when someone with appropriate skills and expertise has been contracted for this work.

Documentation

You will produce a series of photographs and a short documentary film on the Intergenerational Connections project. The visual documentation will include places, people, techniques, materials, and other aspects of the project, focusing on the craft processes (particularly hands making work in progress), places of interest, completed work (which may include people, secondary to the object), and interview/narration.

Images/scenes should include the following:

Materials and objects

  • Visual references of materials and tools (indoor).
  • Detail shots of hands at work, materials being manipulated (indoor mostly, outdoor possibly).
  • Work in progress (indoor).
  • Finished objects – in studio (indoor) and on site (outdoor).

Places

  • Visual description of studio and sites (e.g. built environment and natural landscapes), cultural details (architecture, objects).
  • Landscape, houses, factories, workshops.

People

  • Lynne at work (weaving, spinning, sketching).
  • For film – Lynne interviewed on project (mixture of in-person and voiceover).

You will secure model releases where these are required.

Photographs

You will deliver a set of 40-50 edited images spanning sites of interest, studio processes and completed work in high quality, full colour digital files (JPEG format) plus low resolution duplicates. Images should be eye-catching and engaging. They should be professional and present the activities as thoughtful and rooted in connection to place/technique. Images should include a mixture of portrait and landscape options.

Film

You will produce a short documentary film 3 minutes of footage in total (high resolution, raw), to be delivered in digital format (.mov or .mp4) and a 30 second trailer (low resolution) of the same. Any music included in the film must be cleared for copyright. The film credits must include the Lynne’s Loom and Creative Scotland logos, to be supplied.

Examples of films for reference:

Cherry Colour Buttonholes – Brenda Miller (2016, 5 minutes) – available at https://stitchingtogether.net/study-day/study-day-session-1-9-10-30am-bst/

Soft Walls – denirée isabel, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Emma Aurelia (2019, 4 minutes) – available at https://stitchingtogether.net/study-day/study-day-session-2-2-4pm-bst/

Common Threads – Simon Mills (2014, 6 minutes) – available at https://vimeo.com/227886287

Use of photographs & film

Copyright of photographs and film will be retained by the photographer/videographer. You will provide a license to Lynne’s Loom for use of the photographs and film on Lynne’s Loom website and social media and in third party printed/online publications, with image/film credits to copyright holder.

Timeline

Contracting (freelance basis) – by end of July 2021.

Documenting a site visit (Kirriemuir) – mutually convenient date in August-September 2021 to be agreed.

Documenting studio process (Aberdeen city) – mutually convenient date(s) in September-October 2021 to be agreed.

Documenting two pieces of completed work (could be in Aberdeen at my studio, at another indoor space and/or outdoor in situ in Aberdeen or Kirriemuir – to be agreed) – mutually convenient date(s) during September-October 2021 to be agreed.

Final edits – completed by mid-November 2021.

Digital transfer of edited work – by Monday 22nd November 2021.

All in-person work and timings will be subject to Scottish Government guidance on COVID-19 protection measures, and flexibility to rearrange dates in response to changes in guidance will be required. All activities must be appropriately risk assessed in advance.

Budget

Total funds available for film & photography (including travel and editing) = £1,500 (VAT-inclusive).

Budget can be split between film & photography as appropriate.

Queries, clarifications & expressions of interest

Use the contact form to get in touch – include “Photo/film commission” in the subject and I will respond within 2 working days. For expressions of interest, please include your business details and link(s) to view your portfolio.