New lower-secondary drama

New lower-secondary drama

We’ve just completed a new English language teaching drama project for Burlington Books, shooting twelve short films on location in Buckinghamshire with an excellent cast of teenage actors.

The films will be published in Spain later this year under the title Talking Heads to accompany a new coursebook series aimed at lower-secondary learners of English.

Engaging factual films for English learners

Advantage 1 & 2: extracts from Sharp Focus Productions on Vimeo.

Two exciting recent projects have been making collections of short factual films for Burlington Books. These are aimed at upper-secondary level learners of English and cover a wide range of engaging topics, including filming with drones. In all, we’ve produced a total of fourteen films for the Advantage 1 and Advantage 2 series, filming at locations all across the UK.

The still above shows one of our presenters, Jada, being shown how to fly a drone in a spectacular setting in Snowdonia, north Wales.

Shooting on Red

Shooting on Red

We’ve just completed English Everywhere, a collection of twenty films for Burlington Books.

English Everywhere combines ten 3-minute drama sequences and ten short factual films. The drama sequences were filmed on location in London and Oxford with the 6K Red Dragon camera and Zeiss CP.2 prime lenses.

The still above shows Rebecca Hanssen and Yasmin Lily who play the principal roles of Emily and Kate.

English Everywhere will be published on DVD and other digital platforms early in 2016.

Click here for a gallery of images from the English Everywhere drama.

Cambridge English Empower vox pop interviews

Cambridge English Empower vox pop interviews

As if fifty-six drama sequences weren’t enough, we’ve just completed the production of sixty-six vox pop-style interview sequences that also form part of the Cambridge English Empower learning resources. A total of five hours of material!

All the interviews were filmed in Cambridge in summer 2014 and spring 2015 with writer/actress Marie Lawrence asking the questions. We used two hand-held Canon C300 cameras to give maximum flexibility when working in busy locations.