Lincoln Shorts had its opening night last night at the Lincoln Drill Hall offering a collection of films and live music in a relaxed atmosphere.
The night was put together to celebrate and show off the filming that goes on in Lincolnshire. It was also to try and get people interested in making their own ‘shorts’ by finding out about projects that had already been completed. If enough hype is created and people enjoyed the night this could be something that we see more of on a monthly basis at different venues in Lincoln.
The films were made by people in the local area, some of them amateurs, some of them among the YouTube famous and others just did it for a laugh. Altogether it was a great collection of films and a good insight into what sort of filming goes on in Lincolnshire.
The films shown were all classed as ‘shorts’. This literally means that they were short, the longest creeping just over 5 minutes. Most of them were comedy; a favourite of mine was titled ‘A Rabbit in a Garden’ and funnily enough, was a rabbit jumping around in a garden.
Others were more hard hitting pieces, one about mental health and another about a girl with a degenerative heart condition, though short they were incredibly moving pieces. The remaining films were a mixture of music videos, spoofs, animated shorts and a documentary about a man with the record for the largest collection of traffic cones!
Over 40 films were submitted by filmmakers in the local area, those that weren’t shown in the auditorium were displayed in the foyer on TV’s during the interval. These were equally as good as the ones shown in the main event.
As well as the films there were two musical acts that performed. Pop/Folk duo Changing Horses were the first to take to the stage. Their act was very quirky and completely original, Richard Birtill played acoustic guitar and sang and Francesca Cullen sang and played the violin. I wasn’t sure what to make of the act as I only caught them in their sound check, all I can say is that they are definitely unique and their sound is something completely different to what you hear in the charts.
Elliot Morris, a young local musician ended the night with a short set of acoustic songs. He is no stranger to the Drill Hall as his early experiences of playing gigs were at the unplugged and uncut nights hosted there. His playing style is very different to that of any other guitar player I have seen before. As well as strumming and finger picking he has developed his own technique of tapping the guitar body and neck in different places to create a drumming sound. It is as if he is playing both the guitar and percussion at the same time. His songs were all his own creations and he also surprised us all by ending on a cover of Michael Jackson’s hit Billie Jean.
Overall I think the night was a success and would be a good addition to the other things that go on at The Drill Hall. I would definitely like to see it return with more films and louder music!!!
To see the film from the evening click here
By Jess Murray – St George’s Academy, Sleaford and Joe Cooper- Cherry Willingham School, Lincoln