Oasis Academy Lister Park

In August 2014, PiPeLine Productions was commissioned to deliver a transition day for year 7 pupils who were due to start at Oasis Academy Lister Park in September 2014.
We were requested to provide a Brazilian themed day off the back of the 2014 World Cup. We provided rap workshops where pupils looked at ideas and themes to do with Brazil, Brazilian culture, language, people and, of course, the World Cup. Alongside this were Zumba and Capoeira sessions where pupils were involved in physical activities of Brazilian heritage. Finally the whole day was filmed by the pupils themselves after they’d taken part in a film production workshop.
All pupils took part in all the different activities, gaining experience of all that was on offer. The school was then provided with a final DVD of all the day’s activities.

Off The Wall – Digital Graffiti

I had a spare couple of hours so I decided to give the Digital Graffiti system a good run around the block. I had initially planned to spend an hour or two creating a piece but in the end, this piece took about 30 minutes. It’s not without its issues but it does show the Digital Graffiti system fully at work. And the music in the background is off the wall.

Filmed on the Canon 60D

New Digital Graffiti Projection Screen

So a while back we invested in a new rear projection Digital Graffiti screen to replace our original homemade prototype. Not that I was unhappy with our original screen, it did the job, but it did look homemade and was a little bit of a faff to put up. The new screen we bought can, in theory, be set up very quickly…not that you’d know that from this video of the first time we set it up! We got there in the end and not the screen can be set up and ready to go inside 10 minutes!

Gun & Knife Crime – YOF Bid

Our Alternative Education pupils wanted to make a short film to education other young people in Keighley and Bradford about the dangers of Gun & Knife crime. So we submitted a funding bid to try bring in some money to make that happen. As part of the bid, a couple of our young people put together this short video talking about why they wanted the funding. All very ad-hoc and done off the cuff in the last 5 minutes of the day, this is the first bit of video output from our Alternative Education pupils…but it won’t be the last.
It also features music by one of our pupils, Loraib, rapping some Nicki Minaj lyrics to a beat made in the studio by a couple of other pupils, Callum and Hannah.

Graffiti Screen Prototype Test 1

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Ged Walker delivers the majority of our Graffiti and visual art workshops. As well as being a freelance Graffiti artist and workshop deliverer, Ged also works for Artworks Creative Communities, the partner organisation in the creation of the PiPeLine Productions Academy for the Hip Hop Arts. Ged and Philip worked closely on the writing of the funding bids that enabled us to bring in the money to make the Academy happen.
In this short video, Ged is having a play on the prototype for our Digital Graffiti screen. Because budgets were so tight we had to source cheaper DIY alternatives to produce a rear projection screen. Aside from the screen being a little flappy, something we’ve managed to rectify to a good degree, the screen does the job pretty well!

Home Alone Part 1

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Way, way back many centuries ago, not long after…

Well, 2009 this was, Philip, Marcus and Ben delivered a workshop for Creative Partnerships in a primary school in Bradford. The aim was to improve literacy and higher language skills in primary school pupils, particularly pupils for whom English was perhaps a second language.
The project, which spanned several months, involved getting the pupils to explore new words to help them describe feelings and situations using more complex language with a view to improving imagination and higher order thinking skills. We then explored the new language to retell a popular film through the medium of rap.

The pupils chose Home Alone as the film they wanted to work with. Having watched the film, they then wrote rap lyrics to retell the story, all the while incorporating words they had explored earlier in the program.

The final product was three songs which were put to an edit of the film. The pupils also performed their songs, with the videos running on a screen in the background, at an assembly for their school. This is part 1…

Robbery Not Theft

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Robbery Not Theft is a short film produced by Philip and Marcus from PiPeLine Productions through our work with Nacro and the Bradford Youth Offending Team. On Thursdays we run a creative program for young people on the intensive surveillance and supervision program. Within this program participants try their hand at all manner of art forms, film production being one of them. This film was shot over about 4 weeks at various locations in Bradford. The DVD and its accompanying workbook and poster was used in schools to highlight the difference between the perceived crime of Theft and the actual crime of Robbery.


A theme was chosen in line with the Youth Offending Team’s education priorities and then the participants sketched out some scenarios which would enable us to tell the story with an educational message. So, as actors, they knew what needed to happen in each scene along with some key things that needed to be said but in order to achieve this, they improvised their scenes, making up the dialogue as they went along.
Some of the songs used in the film were created in the studio by the participants themselves and the foley artistry (the added sounds such as cars driving past, footsteps on a wooden floor, sipping a drink etc.) were all done in house and added to the film in post production.