Local Students Become Filmmakers

Team PhotoYoung People became filmmakers through funding from the YMCA-GO programme and Department of Culture, Media & Sports & Big Lottery. Year 9 students from a Stoke-on-Trent high school worked with Chris Parr from Shine in Media to produce a video advert for a local business.

In a series of video editing workshops after school, learners from the Coop Academy in Tunstall gained valuable filmmaking and media skills to put together a promotional advert for international business Healus Limited.  This included organising various video clips onto a timeline, understanding the difference between shot sizes, shot angles and shot movements and creating a visual story. They also designed and included a digital business card and used audio equipment to record voiceovers. They showed confidence through communicating to an adult and wider audience.

The video advert will be used by the business, promoted on social media and help them with marketing the company’s shoe products.  The students enjoyed learning all about the resilic sole system while creating the film. The shoe has the greatest shock absorption and stability per weight ratio of any footwear.​ They are lightweight and strengthened by flax fibres, helping to reduce carbon emissions and the design is better for the environment. The young people enjoyed this unique selling point.

For more Information visit: https://shineinmedia.co/business-adve… and content about this business and their products at https://resilic.com

Staffordshire Becomes a Place of Social Enterprise

Happy days. ‘#Staffordshire’ has become a recognised ‘Place of #SocialEnterprise.’ Looking forward to continue our work on @TheStoke2000 venture. Celebrating 10% project completion with our 200th #bottleoven / #kiln at the #dudson centre in #stokeontrent today. #heritage #culture #youngpeople #recycled #sotculture #thestoke2000

The Roxy

A cinema, nightclub a roller rink…who remembers The Roxy? CLICK TO SEE VIDEO

The Roxy Holding ImageA short experimental video with local actor Ben Shaw, performing the poetry of Arthur Berry who gives an insight into #Hanley’s ‘bug hut.’

Directed by Chris Parr, shot and produced in #Burslem #poetry #trail #tourism #sotculture #arthurberry #stokeremembers

Fancy having a mini version of Stoke-on-Trent’s iconic bottle ovens in your garden?

chrisparrbodbarSocial entrepreneur Chris Parr is helping to fire the imagination of young people – by turning recycled wood into mini bottle kilns.

Chris, aged 44, has been making wall planters out of wooden pallets in the shape of Stoke-on-Trent’s historic pottery ovens.

He has a variety of designs for the ‘Stoke2,000’ project – including some featuring Stoke City and Port Vale badges.

Now he is hoping to pass on his skills to young people by organising workshops in schools, starting at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in Fenton at the end of next month.

Chris, from Burslem, said: “It’s all about passing on our knowledge, history and heritage to the next generation. “I’d attended meetings on cultural educational partnerships focusing on how to engage children in schools and came up with the idea of the kilns.

“I’m interested in recycling and a social entrepreneur, so I wanted to do something involved with the environment. “I’d seen a 3D wooden kiln and although I could make that it was too long a process. I wanted something quick that children could do so settled on the 2D planters.”

Chris started his career making wooden fireplaces in Burslem before venturing into play-scheme leadership and youth and community education. He is also the creative director of Shine in Media which provides film for education, training and events.

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The company has won several awards from UnLtd, the foundation for social enterprise. His latest project, TheStoke2,000, was inspired by the city’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 and is named in recognition of the number of bottle kilns once standing in the city.

Chris uses wooden pallets donated by Titanic Brewery and turns them into wall planters,bird boxes, bird feeders, insect hotels and are all individually numbered using pyrography skills.

footballcrestversionsOn top of the football ones – which Chris hopes to sell in the club shops – he is also planning one in Wedgwood colours to tie in with the 260th anniversary of the pottery giant’s foundation.

The schools project will mean Chris passing on skills in after-school clubs and workshops. He said: “It’ll be fun, engaging, and the youngsters can learn basic woodworking skills while learning about the history of their city. “We’ll also be making a short documentary film using archive footage.”

Paul Williams, who led the city’s bid to be City of Culture 2021, is chairman of governors at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.

He said: “Making kiln-shaped wall planters from recycled wooden pallets is a wonderful example of how to use culture, education and the city’s heritage as inspiration and a resource to engage people in creative learning.


“The project also chimes with the groundbreaking work the school is doing around the development of a Stoke Curriculum which draws upon the city’s cultural and creative heritage to animate and bring the curriculum to life.

“Our Lady’s has received funding from the Opportunity Area Partnership Board, some of
which we are looking to use to support the delivery of workshops where children will make kiln planters, bird feeders and bug hotels for the community garden.”

  • By Andrew Lees | Stoke-on-Trent Live | 08:50, 31 JAN 2019

DEAD HERO by Arthur Berry

Dead Hero 1DEAD HERO by Arthur Berry. A film created & produced in Burslem (click image to view). Part of the Stoke-on-Trent Remembers season, commemorating the anniversary of World War One. #poetry #trail #tourism #sotculture #arthurberry #stokeremembers

Mother Town Ghost Tour

We were in the Mothertown this weekend filming a ghost tour at The Leopard in Burslem. Award winning director, producer & writer John Williams is working on his latest project called Tales Of The Creeping Death.


Collage_FotorA huge thank you to Ash Corbishley for the footage shot during the evening. Follow John’s updates here: https://www.facebook.com/talesofthecreepingdeath/


IMG_4290Shine in Media attended the Staffordshire Film Archive’s latest showing. BBC Radio Stoke began broadcasting on March 14th 1968 as BBC Radio Stoke-on-Trent. The celebration showed archive footage of the station in operation from day 1 – featuring film of the pioneer presenters and staff in the studios and streets, with David Harding, Andy Riddler, Jo Hall, Gordon Astley, Mike Stephens, Tony Inchley, Aarvon Roberts, Bill Humphries and more. This was enhanced with contributions and reminiscences from early broadcasters including John Abberley, Geoff Lawrence, John Fox, Terry Walsh and Simon Penfold.

It charted the progress from the first 2-year “experiment`” funded by the City Council in the late1960s into the early 1970s, and see Radio Stoke expanding and getting involved in local issues – with a special feature on their coverage of the fight to stop the closure of Shelton Bar steelworks in 1973.

The Players Academy (Stoke North)

Shine in Media were in the Mothertown aka Burslem this month, filming at The Old Post Office and the ST6 Hub in Fegg Hayes. The project involved supporting a project called The Players Academy. Young people from Middleport and Fegg Hayes had the opportunity to take part in professional music performance and production to boost their self-esteem and help them to engage more with education. Video below:


Chell Heath Carnival 2017

Continuing our support for community events and festivals, we filmed at Chell Heath Carnival this week. A huge thank-you to the Stoke North Big Local Partnership and well done for organising the event. Enjoy the footage…



COMMUNITY FILM (click below)

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Held on Saturday 12th August 2017 inc. Paul Warwick fair rides, Donkey Rides-Leyland Alcock, North Stoke Police Team, Sandyford Fire Service-Fire Engine, Punch & Judy, balloon maker, magic show man, 6 Towns radio @6townsradio DJ & Music , Jacksons Marquee (20ft & 40ft), Sovereign Security, Kat Durber (face painter), Climbing Wall-mobile SOT CC sport & leisure , Ice Cream van and Hog Roast. @RuthSmeeth