Young filmmaker begins work on GCAT and Galloway Glens short films

The Glenkens Community and Arts Trust and Galloway Glens Scheme have teamed up to offer an exciting opportunity for a young filmmaker.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:08 pm
Faye McKellar interviewing Calypso Coulton, one of the Galloway Glens-supported interns

The commission is to develop four short (3-4 minute) films – two on GCAT subjects and two about Galloway Glens projects.

Faye McKellar was selected for the commission, which was open to 16-25 years olds as part of GCAT’s commitment to developing young people through their Holywood Trust-supported ‘CatStrand Youth Arts’ programme.

She will be making a film to advertise CatStrand’s upcoming ‘Dirt Edits’ project, which combines mountain bikes, Go Pros and video editing skills to allow 12-24 year olds to create their own action documentaries.

She will provide a glimpse into the upcoming youth work plans for her second GCAT film, and for the Galloway Glens, has chosen to focus on their Forgotten Voices/Native Tongues project and on the intern programme.

Faye had previously undertaken a visual arts internship at the CatStrand and been a member of CatStrand Youth’s Jumpcut film making group.

She is delighted to access further progression for her career before heading to Stirling University to study film & media.

She said: “I am super excited to be involved in this brilliant opportunity to produce videos. I am going to give 100 per cent of my efforts in every piece.”

Aidan Nicol, arts, culture and heritage manager for GCAT, said: “Faye has been involved in our youth arts programme as a volunteer and member of our groups at CatStrand for the past four years and it’s fantastic to see her following her aspirations”

Helen Keron, education and community engagement officer for Galloway Glens, said: “GCAT has such a strong track record of supporting creative careers for young people in the area, we jumped at the chance to partner with them in this project.

"Faye has chosen two really interesting projects of ours to focus on, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

"Diversity of experience, age and perspective always leads to new and interesting creative responses, so we’re excited to see the results.”

Faye’s videos will be released on the GCAT and Galloway Glens social media and websites next month.