We recently came across Alex on twitter when he posted about the film that he made as part of his Film Production Technology degree at Staffordshire University. His short film ‘Autism Friendly Film Screenings’ is the practical part of his dissertation.
“I had to choose a subject for my dissertation and final year project. I knew I wanted to do something relating to special needs, and it was a small matter of time before I chose to find out more about Autism friendly film screenings.”
The film emcompasses all of the research that Alex had to undertake and he has had positive feedback from Dimensions UK (who run the screenings) and Awareness for Autism.
The short film details what will happen during an Autism Friendly Screening such as reduced noise, low lighting, no trailers and the fact that you can take your own food.
Alex told us that the story really started when he came home from his second year in university and volunteered at his mother’s school. He then got a summer job at his local REEL Cinema in Burnley.
“It was there that I heard of the ‘Sensory friendly films’ they were introducing to the monthly show times, which brought together two things that I had so recently enjoyed. Supporting those with special needs, and films.”
Alex’s film, Autism Friendly Film Screenings can be viewed below:
You can follow him on twitter @alexredmond_
More information about ASF screening can be found on the Dimensions UK website here