The 'A Different Eye' film project aims to work in partnership with local media studies departments to film the restoration project and produce interpretative resources. The project sees the railway engaging young people in the restoration of heritage and in how restoration projects are presented. It provides an opportunity for young people to film, edit and present film and still media images that interprets, promotes and raises awareness of the Canadian Pacific Project and other engineering processes at the railway. This project provided the students involved with a 'live' project and learning opportunity for young people looking for a career in visual media production and photography.
In 2017 we started working with Southampton Solent University Media Production students to create a series of short films about the railway. In January, 37 students visited Ropley for an initial visit before filming started in March. The railway was a huge shock to the group, as the majority did not know about us or the work that went into restoring and maintaining a heritage steam railway. Two visits were planned in March with the group of 37 students divided into two groups, one group visiting us on 10th March and the other half on 17th March. On 17th March the students were given a surprise when we told them there would be a running locomotive. A photo charter had been arranged for the evening, which meant 45379 LMS Black 5 was used to do carriage movements up to Alton. One group was charged with filming the locomotive from the side of the A31 (see it here). For many of the students this was their first experience of seeing a steam locomotive running and feeling that rush of excitement as it passes by.
In 2018 we decided to work again with Southampton Solent University Media Production students to create another series of short films about the railway. In February, 58 students visited Ropley for an initial visit before filming started in March. This year the weather caused a bit of an issue and one filming date had to be postponed because of the snow. Two visits were planned in March with the group of 58 students divided into two groups, one group visiting us on 9th March and the other half on 16th March. Again the students worked in groups of 2 or 3 on work packages. On 9th March the group was split between Ropley and Medstead and Four Marks, a bit of a logistical nightmare, but we managed to get the students to the right sites. On 16th March the groups were split between Alresford and Ropley. Again this year we had a screening of a selection of the films produced by the students and awarded Peace Olabode (click here to view her film) with the 'Mid Hants Railway Choice Award' for her film about the Carriage Workshop.
In 2019 we worked with Southampton Solent University Media Production students for the third year. Working with the university has been a huge learning experience for the students as well as for us and this year we were even more prepared for the filming to begin. This year 65 students took part in filming at the railway and we had come up with some new topics for them to film.
Roy Hanney, course lecturer -
"...we wanted to find a real world experience that would challenge students and kick start their experience of media production and get them to see themselves as professionals working to professional deadlines with a real delivery at the end of it."
"...the experience has been transformative and we have seen the students really take hold of this project and make it their own."
"...putting students in situations where they have to encounter real people, in their real world, on location, dealing with the uncertainties of real life media production is an amazing opportunity and one that will have had a real impact on the student experience."
Check out the students films below!
Films produced in 2017:
Films produced in 2018:
Films produced in 2019: