Filming an Introduction – Rhyl Reflections

The latest installment of the Rhyl Reflections production saw Roy Turner back in front of the camera as the team filmed the introduction piece to the film.

We previously saw Roy recant a memory of Rhyl from his childhood, but this time he presented a piece which will be used to introduce the Rhyl Reflections film.

The location was carefully selected, and filming took place on the bridge adjacent to the Children’s Village, chosen as it overlook Rhyl High Street.

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Those involved in the Rhyl Reflections production we able to participate in camera operation, sound recording and chose the questions and subject matter that were discussed on film.

A successful session – thanks to all who participated.

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If you are interested in the history of Rhyl , or have an interest in film-making, and you would like to help us make a film about the area in the 40s, 50s and 60s then come and join us as we put together this production.

Come along to one of our friendly sessions on Marsh Road in Rhyl – everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is required.  You will get to try your hand at all aspects of film-making, learn more about Rhyl, and be part of a great team working on an ongoing project.

The group meet every Thursday between 4.30 and 6.30pm at the John Davies Building, 82 Marsh Road, Rhyl.

Additional Poke The Muse sessions confirmed

Following the taster workshop of ‘Poke The Muse’/’Procio ‘r Awen in March, local artist Dee Rivaz will be offering 3 further workshops on Monday the 4th, 11th and 18th April, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Sessions are free, however places are limited. Please contact Dee to book your place on 07982 709621 or email dee.rivaz@gmail.com

Whatever your experience or skill, these sessions aim to offer a creative ‘oasis’; the opportunity to work in a relaxed setting with materials on hand to explore ideas in writing or art.  You are free to work individually or in collaboration with others and we hope you will experiment outside your comfort zone, perhaps trying a different medium to work in or working with someone else on a collaborative piece…

ptm1 ptm3Following an introduction of the session theme, participants are simply guided to the display of prompts and suggestions to respond as and how they like.  Pencils, pens, paper, paints, rollers, stamps and other materials are available on a self help basis: with a limited stock offered for sale to take for home use.  You are invited to leave spontaneous work for exhibition and to submit any future work developed out of the sessions for inclusion in exhibitions and publications.

We hope in due course to inspire and gather enough material to add open mic sessions to the exhibition of outcomes and to set up a Folk Art-Lit Press, a small publishing house that caters for writers and artists in the community.

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There is an exhibition currently running at TAPE, to give an idea of what went on at the taster event for ‘Poke The Muse’/’Procio ‘r Awen in March, and some of the work that came out of it.  Participants are welcome to submit artwork or writing developed after the event at any time they like for inclusion in future exhibitions, publications and open mic events.

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With thanks to Conwy Arts and Creative Wellbeing for the kind sponsorship of Poke the Muse/Procio ‘r Awen.

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Poke The Muse – Free creative workshop at TAPE

From Monday 21st March 2016 we welcome local artist Dee Rivaz to TAPE as she delivers ‘Poke The Muse’ – a brand new creative workshop which experiments with artist collaboration.

Beginning with 4 initial pilot workshops, Poke The Muse sessions focus on a series of prompts and ideas, and attendees will be invited to respond with writing, image or even both.

Although people are very welcome to work individually, attendees are also encouraged and may find it fun to collaborate with other people and extend dialogue via prose, words, imagery and expression through creative medium.

We hope that you will become more experimental as the sessions progress and as individual and collaborative work progresses.

Depending on the amount and type of work produced during the pilot sessions, there may be an exhibition or performance/open mic exhibit for the last session and maybe even a nice little publication – the outcomes are up to you.

This is a marvellous opportunity for anyone who practices or is interested in the creative arts and would like to experiment and converse with other creative types to push their ideas a little further and provoke some fresh inspiration.  No matter what your skill, craft or area, all are welcome to take part.

Poke the Muse starts on Monday 21st March 2016 and runs from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Sessions are free, however places are limited. Please contact Dee to book your place on 07982 709621 or email Dee: dee.rivaz@gmail.com

With thanks to Conwy Arts and Conwy Creative Wellbeing for the kind sponsorship for materials.

 

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Rhyl Reflections at the Little Theatre in Rhyl

Following the success of the previous edition of Rhyl Reflections, and many weeks of planning and discussing ideas, the Rhyl Reflections group and the TAPE Film Crew began the first filming session at the Little Theatre in Rhyl last night.

The idea behind the filming is to recreate ‘memories’ of Rhyl as told by members of the group, using a cinematic method of visually portraying the individuals recollections of Rhyl at the time.

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Our first memory comes from local man Roy Turner, who grew up in the area and has many memories of Rhyl in its heyday.

His memory centres around the Little Theatre on Vale Road, where Roy and his friends went to see a Saturday matinee film. On this particular Saturday, Roy and his friends were being particularly mischievous – throwing ice cream tub lids up at the screen.  Naturally, the manager at the time was not happy with this behaviour and demanded that Roy pick up each and every one of the lids that were scattered around the cinema.  But Roy, being a cheeky chappie, not only picked up the lids, but stood at the front of the screen after his ‘performance’ and took a huge bow.  Noticing Roy’s huge grin, sheer cheek and beaming charisma, the manager offered him a job on the spot.

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A huge thank you to the children involved who played the parts of Roy and his cheeky young friends – you were all absolutely wonderful!

Another thank you to the actors who joined us from Communities 1st in Rhyl. You did a fantastic job and we hope you enjoyed the experience.

And last but most certainly not least, a massive thanks to the YMCA in Rhyl who provided the costumes for the shoot.  Your kind donation helped us keep the scene as authentic to the memory as possible.

We will be shooting more memories as the weeks go on – stay posted to follow our journey towards the next instalment of Rhyl Reflections.

Rhyl Reflections meet every Thursday between 4.30 and 6.30pm at the John Davies Building, 82 Marsh Road, Rhyl.  If you have any memories of Rhyl in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s that you would like to share – as a child or as an adult –  or if you would just like to get involved in the project – get in touch with Neil on 01492 512 109 or email him at neil@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk.

You can also visit our Rhyl Reflections webpage for more information, or follow the story on Facebook.

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Episode 2 of the Conwy Community Podcast is now available

In our second episode the team talks to Constable Robert Newton-Miller, the Diversity Officer for North Wales Police.

In a fascinating conversation, Rob and the CCP team discuss his work around hate crime and community policing, as well as listening to Rob’s own journey through the force and plans for upcoming police initiatives.

The podcast also features a bonus piece of music from local songwriter, Ellion Priest. Her song ‘Offa’s Dyke’ was written, recorded and performed entirely by Ellion herself and we are chuffed to be able to present her work here. Enjoy!

 

Star Wars Night at the Backstage Club

Every Thursday evening,  Afasic Cymru and TAPE team up to run the Backstage Youth Club, and this Thursday was no different…except we were taken over by Star Wars characters!

Last night, as a ‘special edition’ Backstage Club, we ran a Star Wars themed evening, with cosplay, light sabre battles and even Star Wars: Battlefront on the PS4, projected onto the cinema screen for the ultimate big-screen gaming session. Great fun had by all!

May the Force be with you!

 

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TAPE Animation Club wins 2nd place at PICS Film Festival

The TAPE Animation Club’s entry into the PICS Film Festival was shortlisted for an award at the PICS Film Festival back in February, and it is with great pleasure to announce that our animated short claimed SECOND PLACE in its category.

Festival is an annual festival organised by Galeri Caernarfon that is specifically targeted for Children and Young People. The festival is a mixture of:

  • Film screenings (mainstream, specialist and international titles)
  • Workshops
  • Special events (e.g Q+As with film-makers)
  • Short Film competition
  • Awards Night

The festival takes place every year, and is made possible with the support of Film Agency Wales and the Arts Council of Wales.

The children got a taste of Red Carpet glamour at the glitzy event, collecting the prize on stage in front of a room full of people.

Da Iawn/Well done to all of the AWARD WINNING TAPE Animation Club – we are incredibly proud of you, and you should be proud of yourselves for all of your hard work and enthusiasm.

Click here to view the award winning entry:

For more information about PICS and how to get involved, visit the Galeri Caernarfon website.

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CONWY COMMUNITY PODCAST RELAUNCH! Episode 1 with special guest Iwan Davies, Chief Exec of CCBC

Episode one of the new and improved Conwy Community Podcast features a fascinating chat with CCBC Chief Exec, Iwan Davies, who dropped by to speak with the team. 

 
Iwan talks with the team about a whole range of things from his growing up in the area, the many roles of the local authority and his mother-in-laws striking resemblance to someone very famous! 
 

We hope you enjoy this first episode, Please help us to continue this project by liking it, sharing it , subscribing to it or donating to TAPE. 
 
For more information, please contact info@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk. Thank you.