Gen. 2 taking control of their own film futures
By Fahima Khatun
Young filmmakers in the West Midlands, fed up with waiting for opportunities to come to them, have started working together to create their own under the name Gen.2 Creatives.
The creative group was founded by Luke Furmage in August 2017 after realising a want and need to create content among the young filmmakers and creatives in the West Midlands. From workshops and masterclasses to festivals and competitions, Gen.2 Creatives main reason of existing is to be a safe environment for budding filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to practice and create film projects, while learning off each other and support one another by listing work opportunities.
Since forming, they have recruited around 40 members of young creatives and have had their work played at the Flat Pack Festival 2018.
The group was also used as a part of the pitch for the Channel 4 bid, which although not successful, meant that members were working with other creatives in Birmingham, including established professionals, to create opportunities for young people.
Three Gen.2 Creatives were at the final meeting of the C4 bid leaders, including the Mayor of Birmingham Andy Street, Peaky Blinders screenwriter Steve Knight, and the group will be part of the commitment made at the event to push forward as a sector into a new era.
Luke Furmage Founder and Director of Gen 2 said: “Development and funding is only available for creatives that are already established in the industry, and Media courses, although teach students the tools of the trade, can often stifle creativity under the need to fulfil the criteria and complete exams.
We want to develop a culture of creativity for a new generation of young creatives in the creative industry here in Birmingham. This new Online Generation has the unlimited potential for exciting new content that will shape the years to come.”
William Terry-Wright, 18-years-old who was the Director of the most recent project, said,
“It’s sounded like a great opportunity to network with young filmmakers and people with similar ambitions to mine, and it also sounded like a good opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in terms of filmmaking.”
Jordon Wolf, an 18-years-old aspiring actress who starred as the lead in the short films, said,“It’s very helpful to me because it’s something I want to go into in the future and it’s a great opportunity to get more experience.”
The self-sustaining group is starting to expand with talk of a partnership with The Producers’ Forum and possible connections with the BFI but are always looking to expand their network.
There is an exclusive interview video to accompany this article at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fORzA7deL9A