Innovative project combines renewables and creative industries to inspire high school pupils

17 pupils from Invergordon Academy and Dingwall Academy recently took part in a filmmaking project, ‘film jam’ led by UHI North Highland combining creative and renewables industries.

The project took place at UHI North Highland’s Alness campus, in conjunction with the PowerHouse. Pupils were invited to create short films based on sustainable energy projects in the Cromarty Firth alongside industry professionals and students.

The day consisted of several workshops including storyboarding, filming, music composition, sound production and post-production, led by UHI lecturers, Peter Noble and Anna McPherson, with support from 4th year film making student, John Baikie and lecturer, Stephen Bull.

Pupils also led and conducted live interviews with Steve Chisholm, Director of Operations and Innovation at the Global Energy Group, and Mina Hanna, Project Manager at the PowerHouse.

Mina said, “The aim of the day was to educate students in a more creative way, through making a film about renewable energy and its importance to the region and Scotland as a whole.

Offshore and green hydrogen are expected to play a significant role in the decarbonisation plans for the UK and to contribute significantly to net zero targets for Scotland by 2045.”

In addition to their interview footage, the pupils also had access to photos and videos captured by students on UHI’s Contemporary Film Making degree. The students had filmed different at key locations around the Cromarty Firth and the University of St Andrews to create content for the pupils to edit and incorporate into their films.

Peter Noble, Curriculum Leader for Creative Studies at UHI North Highland said, “Our film jam was designed to give anyone interested in a career within the creative arts sector an opportunity to take part in a complex creative process while learning about the importance of the transition to renewable energy.

We’d like to thank our partners from the Global Energy Group and Dr Sneh Paul and Dr Paul Connor at the University of St Andrews for their support of the event.”

The films are now available to watch on the UHI North Highland YouTube channel.