University film project urges public to SEE GREEN as energy prices rise

“This was our first proper film. We pushed ourselves beyond anything we’ve ever done before and it was hard work but to know that it’s going to be screened as part of a film festival is very gratifying.”

Adam Harding, BSc Film Production Technology

With rising energy prices affecting households across the UK, students from Staffordshire University have undertaken a film project which aims to save money on fuel bills.

A range of short films have been created by first year Film Production Technology students to demonstrate energy saving tips, give advice on how to improve energy efficiency and highlight the wider help and support available to older members of the public.

Over fifty first-year students were involved in the SEE GREEN project which stars older people from across Staffordshire and organisations including Aspire Housing, E.ON and Oakridge Primary School. The 13 completed films, including an overall winner selected by residents at Aspire Housing in Chesterton, will be screened at a dedicated event as part of the Stoke Your Fires film festival next week.

This free screening, to be held between 12 noon – 2pm on Tuesday March 05 at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre, will include participation by energy giant E.ON who will be on hand to offer further advice and support.

Jon Fairburn, from Staffordshire University’s Business School, said: “With an increasingly ageing population throughout Europe, it is imperative to educate not only the younger, future generations of society about energy efficiency, but also the older generations.”

Adam Harding, 20, who is studying in Stafford, said: “All the filming was in Staffordshire and involved collaboration between the students, the community and other organisations and we are delighted with the results.”

“This was our first proper film. We pushed ourselves beyond anything we’ve ever done before and it was hard work but to know that it’s going to be screened as part of a film festival is very gratifying.”

A shortlist of the films have been be subtitled into Italian, Greek, Spanish, Bulgarian and Dutch as part of the SEE GREEN project which is funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning programme. It is hoped the project will help cut the amount of wasted energy in homes across Europe by improving senior citizens' knowledge of best energy-saving practices and schemes.

Caroline Baggaley, Aspire’s Head of Housing, said: "We welcome involvement in this film project as we are keen to help customers of all ages to tackle fuel poverty and to conserve energy. I’d like to thank the customers who took part in the filming and wish them luck at the film festival."

Four shortlisted videos are available to view here:

SEE GREEN - The main aim of the project is to improve senior citizens' knowledge of energy efficiency practices and schemes. The training materials developed will promote techniques and changes that can be adopted to make senior citizen homes more energy efficient. Care homes, private homes, residential villages and social clubs will all be included in the learning programme.

 

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