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Filmmaking workshops & Video production services

Community Services

Trailblazer provides two specific services to its clients. These are facilitating filmmaking workshops and providing video production services for a wide range of youth and community organisations, charities and not-for-profits.

Firstly we organise film and video projects for young people as a catalyst for participatory education and community action in a creative way that encourages empowerment, confidence and self advocacy, as well as providing a voice for those that are marginalised in our society by facilitating workshops that encourage them to record themselves and the world around them.

Workshops can be based around drama, scriptwriting, documentary making and film and video production as well as editing. We have worked with the V & A Museum, Save the Children, The Anna Freud Centre, SPID Theatre Company, Notting Hill Housing Trust, A2 Dominion and many other organisations looking at subjects including youth unemployment, mental health and well being, technology and its impact on young people and issues affecting young refugees and asylum seekers.

“Trailblazer has developed fantastically effective strategies for engaging hard to reach young people, as it demonstrated in a detached project working with disaffected young people on a large estate. They were able to catch the young people’s imagination and then sustained their commitment over a two month project, to produce a video report on life on the estate that has been used as an important piece of consultation evidence in developing further programmes for a local community in challenging circumstances.”

Nick Holt, Study Support Manager Community Education
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Trailblazer produce promotional videos and documentaries for youth and community based organisations that are cost effective and innovative, working with the client every step of the way to create the best possible film that can reach out to all the relevant audiences.

Clients include The Prince’s Trust, St Christopher’s Hospice, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Samuel L Jackson’s charity One for the Boys, Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Richmond Council, Leighton House Museum, The Metropolitan Police and Living Well CIC. Projects include international exchange trips to Nepal, end of life care and the arts, drug abuse, environmental issues and teenage pregnancy.

”We were fortunate to work together with Ash and Naeem Mahmood from Trailblazer. They worked with our organisation in order to produce a short DVD providing information about a new arts based service for patients coming to the end of their lives. As part of this process, they worked together with a number of staff from St. Christopher’s, as well a dying patients and their carers in a variety of locations such as the hospice, the patients own homes and care homes in our community. They worked sensitively under pressure, and were considerate and caring when they found themselves to be part of extremely intimate and intense situations. The final DVD product is effective and surprising. I highly recommend their work.”

Nigel Hartley, Director of Supportive Care
St Christopher’s Hospice