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By Huckleberry Films, Aug 8 2012 03:00AM

We did our final filming session for the Found:ed film in the Victorian conservatory in Corporation Park. The glass house is a place I’d only seen from the outside before, pressing my nose up to the windows years ago as a student, to see a whole herd of plants plants pressing back from their side too.

The park warden Emma kindly allowed us to film inside for the morning, and her colleague Graham gave us a tour when we arrived, pointing out the different plants inside. It was hard to know which area to focus on as there were a lot of different really good trees and greenery – so we filmed in a few spots throughout the session. We had an idea of how it would be inside, but it was much more full of life than either Dave or I had expected.

Claire and Cath who are involved with managing th

e project came up during our filming and it was good to catch up with them both – I think it’s the most unusual place we’ve ever been in an impromptu meeting!

This yellow plant is a ‘ginger lily’ or Kahili Lily. It has the most amazing heavy tropical scent, and I think it’s almost impossible to walk past it without stopping for a smell.

The rains came down whilst we were filming, some coming through holes in the glass in different places. We incorporated this into the filming, capturing shots of the dripping water.

Its an beautiful environment in there – and I hope that the bid for funding to repair/renovate the structure is successful to restore it to its former glory.

All the green balanced out the much more urban landscape of Griffin Park from our first days filming, and mean that we head into the edit with a lot of varied footage to work with.

By Huckleberry Films, Aug 6 2012 02:00AM

One of the themes we want to explore in the process of making our film, is that of unused spaces… places that used to be used for something, but now aren’t. One of the locations in Blackburn we initially selected wasn’t available, but Alex from Capita suggested that we take a look at Griffin Lodge (next to Griffin Park) in Blackburn. It wasn’t a place I’d heard of, but after doing some online research and looking at the details Alex had sent through, we decided it would be a great place to film.

We arrived to film with a rough shot list, a torch and a box of props – but it was important to us that we allow the environment to inspire us too. We didn’t want to see the site prior to the filming day – so that we could approach it fresh and not over think things.

We looked around the site with Alex and Claire first to see which areas we were drawn to – choosing the central staircase, cellar, vantage point overlooking the staircase, and one of the rooms on the top floor. The upstairs room appealed to me instantly, as it had a collection of photo negatives scattered around the room, and it led us to filming a scene we hadn’t planned in there.

Some of the textures on the walls especially were amazing – peeling wallpaper, mouldy damp patches creating new patterns… and from a filmic point of view, even the shattered and fractured glass panels/windows sparkled in the sunlight. We filmed much more than we needed too – and had to postpone a planned second location for today, as we were enjoying being in this one so much!

When we were filming the final exterior shots from the park outside the front of the building, a group of young teens came up and asked us what we were doing. ‘Was it haunted in there’ one asked me… and seemed relieved when I said we’d not seen any spooky stuff. We chatted for a while, and I explained about the film, and Found:ed, and when the festival was on.

I really liked the Fight Club type look of the house and it worked well for the sections we were filming – but it is a shame that it has gotten so much damage over the last few years and I hope it finds a buyer who can restore it to full health as it could be a stunning building again.

There’s not a lot of info about the building online... but there's a little bit here:

By Huckleberry Films, Aug 2 2012 07:00AM

We're creating a new piece of work for the Found:ed festival in Blackburn....

We’ve been doing the first section of filming for the Found:ed project today, with local musician Ailsa Nicholson. She was someone we’ve been wanting to work with for a while after hearing her perform at the Artist’s Hangout in Foulridge earlier this year – and when we were brainstorming ideas for this project, she was the first person we both thought of for it.

In addition to being a choral teacher, Ailsa writes her own songs and plays a fantastically unusual instrument called a ‘Shruti’. It sounds a bit like an accordion, and looks like a small suitcase that is opened and closed to create the sound. Ailsas own track ‘Icelandd’ is the one we are using for the film, and the shruti works really well with her gorgeous voice.

After recording the track from different angles… Ailsa also did some shruti playing with no vocals to give us extra options to play with in the edit. She kindly recorded the sound with her equipment, and is doing us a mix of it – which is great as she has a background in sound engineering so will be able to alter levels and tweak bits and ensure she’s happy with it first.

We also recorded some footage with Ailsas daughter Sophie. It was really good fun to film these sections, as Sophie is very playful and happy to be involved. She jumped on a trampoline, chalked drawings on the floor, playhouse and walls (sorry Ailsa)… and made a trail around her landscape with multicoloured wool. We ended up with great footage of her playing, and Sophie ended up covered in chalk and mud… and a big smile on her face.

Thank you Ailsa and Sophie for being such great sports… and to find out more about Ailsas music.. you can find her here:

By Huckleberry Films, Mar 12 2012 05:26PM

On 5th July 2009 Adam Rogers was punched just once in the face in Blackburn Town Centre whilst he was trying to act as a peacemaker. The punch was so hard it knocked Adam out before he hit the ground. This meant he could not break his fall and fatal damage was done as his head hit the ground.

Adam died a few hours later at the hospital.

Adam's family and friends have set up a charity called 'Every Action Has Consequences' in his memory, and they work hard to educate young people about the devastating effects that a violent action can have.

We've been working with the Rogers family over the last few months to create a DVD that will form part of an educational pack that will be distributed to schools and colleges in the North West.

Adam's father, Dave Rogers
Adam's father, Dave Rogers

In addition to filming Adam's father Dave talking in detail about the events surrounding his son's death; we have interviewed family, friends, and people from the wider community as they talk about the impact that Adam's death has has on them, including police officers, and nurses. We have used this footage to create short films around the issues of consequences of actions, organ donation, and an interview section with 2 policemen. The DVD also includes footage of a drama workshop filmed by/with staff and students at St. Mary's College in Blackburn and two news reports.

Adam's mother, Pat Rogers
Adam's mother, Pat Rogers

One of Adam's brothers, Jamie
One of Adam's brothers, Jamie

The education pack will be officially launched at an event in May, and we are currently working on a 5 minute version of the project to be shown at the event. It's been an incredibly challenging and at the same time very rewarding project to be a part of - and we feel really honoured that the Roger's family chose our company to work with.

For more details about the charity, visit

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