I am very proud of this film and would like to thank everyone that sent me their Aberdeen. My exhibition at 17 gallery has been a great success and I know lots of people have enjoyed the work. This film is also being shown in Aberdeen schools as well as the 17 gallery. This is my favourite film. Thanks to Aaron, Bill, Wayne & Troy 😀
My latest exhibition. Please come and see my work. It’s on at 17 Belmont Street until 3rd February. My work is inspired by home and Aberdeen city.
I am beginning to complete all of the films for my exhibition at 17 in January. It’s been crazy keeping up with all of my recent projects. I have also shown films in Bury and Blackpool as part of the Collective collaborations project. The next stage of my exhibition is to work on my audio and build the installation. I was testing my projector out last night and I gave the neighbours a little taste of what to expect. Dates of the exhibition are 10th January to 3rd February 2018.
Testing my films on my window for the exhibition in January.
RECENT PRODUCTIONS: PRODUCED & DIRECTED
2017 SPECTRA – 12 short films created and installed for a video installation as part of the Spectra light festival.
2016 Music Hall associate artist – 6 months artists’ commission creating films to keep the Music hall in the public eye while it is closed for a refurbishment.
2014 12 Hour Shift – Short film written and directed for Police Scotland
2013 National Youth Film Festival - Production mentor for short film with children aged 8-11
2013 Star Awards – Aberdeen City Council promotional film
2012 Phone Addict - 60 second comedy sting – Belmont Picture House Aberdeen
2010 Baby Think it over – Short film and documentary for NHS Grampian
2008 3 wishes – First Light Animated film with Primary school children
2008 The Love Tube – Mesh / Channel 4 short film
2001 Channel 4 Ident – Student Broadcast commission for Channel 4
2007 Binge Drinking – Second prize for JADAT Documentary
2003-2004 Master of Fine Art, Digital Imaging and Animation, London Metropolitan University
2000-2001 Postgraduate in Digital Imaging, Guildhall University, London
1993-1997 B.A. (Hons.) 2:1 Fine Art (Painting and Drawing), Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
June 2016– Jan 2017
Music Hall associate artist
A 6 months film commission where I created a series of films about the Music Hall to raise awareness of the refurbishment that is presently being done. It also involved collating local stories and the History of the Music Hall.
April 16 – Present
Scottish Film Education
Delivering CPD to teachers to promote confidence in teaching Moving Image education.
April 15 – October 16
BFI Academy Aberdeen Production Manager
Delivering and managing the BFI Academy for 16-19 years olds in film production and film analysis. I manage budgets, staff and choose Industry practitioners to deliver the 16 week course.
Sep 07 – Present
NESCOL, TV production lecturer, Aberdeen
Developing and delivering Creative Industries curriculum at HND level, Lecturing in TV Production, Camera Training and Editing.
Dec 05 - Aug 07
Video Development Officer, Station House Media Unit, Aberdeen
Developing and providing video training within Aberdeen City. Supporting and delivering training at all levels of video production, Directing and filming various DVD projects for education and third sector
Aug 01 - June 02
Freelance Film Maker, Channel 4 - Blackwatch Productions, Glasgow
'The Love Tube' short animation written and directed for broadcast, Ident design and TV branding for Channel 4, Motion Graphics for various corporate and private clients
Mar 00 - Sep 00
Outreach Arts Tutor, Whitespace, Aberdeen Council
June 99 - Mar 00
After Schools Play Worker, Drumoyne School, Sydney, Australia
Sep 97- July 98
European Voluntary Service (E.V.S.), Luxembourg
E.V.S. Arts Tutor, Lisbon, Portugal: working with children and young people
I am starting to make video postcards in the hope people will send me one back. I am working on a project with 8 artists and we are making an installation which will be shown in Bury, Blackpool and Aberdeen. I am trying to collate stories and images from these places to combine as part of a moving image projection. Please send me a postcard if you can. firstname.lastname@example.org
Send me a postcard
I am recharging like a solar powered panel. Soaking up all the rays and storing them for later in the year when it's cold, dark and busy with work/life. The summer break will then feel very far removed and the need to retain small elements of my vacation vital. A small stone from the beach for my desk, my new purse which I will use daily and photographs like the one I have taken here; which I will look at over the year to remember the heat and vibrancy of colours even through the faded black and white image.
The summer holidays are here and although I am on holiday mode I have just found out that I have been granted two commissions: An Aberdeen City cultural grant for an exhibition at 17 in January and I have been asked to take part in a Collective collaborations exhibition for Spectra 2018.
So I am on holiday but I am also beginning to plan the work flow for my exhibitions. My exhibition in January is around the theme of: Home and cultural identity. The work I do for Spectra will be in collaboration with Scottish artists Fiona Soa Paing and Hannah Ayer.
To switch off this weekend I went to see Radiohead at the TRNSMT festival in Glasgow. The projections at the gig were great, the stage at the Radiohead gig often took on the appearance of an abstract painting. Beautiful hues and lighting, I loved the images as much as the music.
Here's me winding down - I can also say the crowd were lovely and it was not like T in the Park... thank god
Enjoying an over priced JD & coke 🙂
The Belmont showcase was last night and we celebrated by watching the best student films. The showcase is always a great night and the every year I see students making better films. This year the scripts were better and some great narratives played out beautifully on the big screen. I felt proud and sad; as this is also the time when we say goodbye and the adults that I met 2 years ago move on and continue their journey. I also feel exhausted, the strain of mentoring so many students across 2 subject areas has taken been hard work. I don't make it easier as I also continue taking on commissions for my art work and filming projects. Summer calls and the count down commences. Goodbye B class - a lovely bunch 😍
Yesterday was the screening of 7 short films that I made with 2 Aberdeen primary schools. This was some of the youngest children I have worked with and we made the films in around 7 hours. We based it on the 48hour film challenge and I was amazed at how each group worked together and focused to make their films. We scripted, produced, filmed and edited their films in a short timescale and I tidied them up in the edit at home. We screened them yesterday and it was lovely to share the children's joy and laughter as we watched the films together. I left with lots of cuddles, chocolates and a bottle of wine. Not a bad job at all 🎥
Mrs Gardener's walk of fame
I am away to start working on my next Moving Image exhibition which will take place at 17 on Belmont Street in January 2018.
The exhibition is based on themes of Home and what it means in 2017. I am interested in the examining the concept and truths behind "there is no place like home" from the Wizard of Oz.
I am also using the song The Northern lights as a starting point for my discussion. I am interested in examining how the population of Aberdeen has changed during my lifetime.
The project has a small budget and I am excited about starting my research.
I am looking for contributors and would love to hear from you if you would like to talk about Home and what that means to you.
I attended the Women of the world think in at Perth concert hall last week. I took 2 students with me and went with a new creative friend Cindy Douglas. It was great being surrounded by women and discussing issues that effect our lives. I actually cried when we watched a short film about WOW around the world.
I can't wait to be part of the event in October and look forward to taking my girls along to.
The Spectra festival that I had work in this year took me back to my Portobello market stall days. I don't know what I was expecting, but I got a shock when I realised that I had to build my installation every night and take it apart. I leant so much from this experience and although it was hard work it was great fun. Like being a market stall holder you are there first thing setting up, see the event and then take it all down - then do it again & again. I was sad on the last night as I thought it would be the end of the piece of work, but I am happy to say that it has found a home in HMT which is nice.
When I agreed to do some staff development sessions for Scottish Film education I was aware that I would be teaching teachers. As a part time lecturer I felt confident in my teaching abilities but still felt incredibly nervous. As the day approached I over prepared and spent most of the day planning my short session. It went really well although I have to say I was relieved that the head of English did not come to my sessions!
Some photos I took to help demonstrate how learning camera angles can be a practical exercise for Primary children.
MCU on Ursula :)
It's the time of year when I start thinking about holidays and looking through pictures from last years very distant break. I am actually obsessed with how many people you see on the streets just constantly on their phone. This is my one of favourite pictures from last year and I completely love the energy they are pouring in to that phone pose.Read More
Welcome to my new website. I have enjoyed collating all of my work and I am looking forward to adding to it this year. Get in touch if you would like to collaborate or work on a project. :) Sara