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11th June 2018
Season 1 episode 7 ‘Soap Box Fury’
Some may call it Revenge of The Theatre of Fruit But in this 2 hour session we will write, direct, perform, shoot and edit five episodes of the as yet un-named high drama soap opera ‘_________’ ‘________’ upload it to our Youtube channel and become over-night sensations, legends in our own lunchtime, superstars of the interweb.

Get a good grasp of Filmmaking, video and storytelling skills in a short space of time. learn how to work fast and effectively understand where to focus your effort learning delightful phrases like ‘diminishing returns’. Discover the joys of working as part of an organised group and whilst your head spins from of overcoming the impossible come to terms with how making a great end product is only half the job.

Will it be fast and furious? yes madam.
Will you I learn something about making and editing video? indeed madam.
Will it be fun? Oui monsieur it will be très bon.

The tea break : If there is time for a tea break we will be doing well
Referenced Artists further reading : Eastenders, Coronation street, Brookside,

7pm-9pm Southlands Arts Centre
75, The Green, West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 7PW

This session took place Monday 16th March 2018 – scroll down for a summary UB7creativeSocial SERIES 1 EP#4 ‘Theatre Of Fruit’

session outline:

Session 180416 ‘MONDAY 16th APRIL ‘The Theatre Of Fruit’

Discover possibilities for storytelling with puppets and animation.
In this session we go large on puppets, have a crack at stop motion and make a romantic comedy with a bag of garlic and a ripe banana
animation / storytelling / puppets / sound / light / video

session report:


Fantastic rising phoenix shadow puppet made in this session


The plan for this session was to get a rounded toe dip in a few different types of puppetry and animation – we planned to make some shadow puppets, animate everyday objects in real time, then try some stop motion animation producing a short show. However a two hour session flies by and the group got so wrapped up in making shadow puppets that the animation and vegetable rom-com part got put on ice for a future session!


shadow puppets by group members

Shadows are a great way to tell a story and can be made from inexpensive materials. A white sheet with a lamp or torch behind it for a screen. We cut our puppet shapes from black card which is great for making these kind of puppets but you can use many things to make interesting shadows.

If you are wondering what apples have to do with shadow puppets refer to the top of this page! you can see in the next batch of pictures our shadow screen – a white sheet with a torch behind it and some of the paper cut outs held up between the torch and the screen to create a shadow.

This video is a montage of what we ended up with – more of a record of the puppets we made that evening than a fantastically crafted story but quite possibly the worlds first black and white Fishing Monster movie!

Moving clips and pictures of the session in this video:

have a look at the videos below for inspiration on shadow puppets and puppets in general more like these being added to the resources and inspiration section on this site


Hands on production design 101. Is it possible to create alien planets, a dense jungle, city scape or disaster scene in a small room using just a pile of rubbish and torches from the pound shop? We find out…..

7-9pm southlands arts centre
75, the green, west drayton, middlesex. UB7 7PW
web: twitter: @UB7creative
Production design  / Lighting / Set design / Art Direction


catching up on gossip Inside the mining truck

Session Summary: 
The focus of this session was to use brain power over gear to produce a scene for camera set far away from the room we were working in.

Taking on the work of Production design, set design slash Art department slash DOP is common (in my experience) on sets of zero or Micro-budget movie making where ideas are abundant, funds scarce. Small theatre companies and artists working to tight budget restrictions also face making the most of abundant cheap or free materials.

Many experienced practitioners develop an effective way of working within their budget and with resources that are readily available to them. Rather than trying to shoot the worlds next Science Fiction blockbuster a (some would say smart) micro-budget film maker may keep their production simple, current day and concentrate on performance and story.

For this session we will be the dreamers, those who refuse to compromise. Rather than concentrate on the negative, lack of funds, or what we don’t have, we will pool our creative thinking to make something fantastic from what we do have.
Yes we could use a computer but really, where is the fun in that?


a big pile of rubbish including cardboard, cans, paper and an old polaroid camera

it was a slow start.
After much poking about with cardboard, lights and torches, old lego milk bottles and two bags of flour time ticked was ticking by. A shiny silver emergency blanket stood out from the pile of rubbish in front of us… swayed by the session title we headed for somewhere in space.

We had a ,  –