Pupils from Invergordon and Dingwall Academy put Cromarty Firth renewables in filmmaking after connecting with UHI North Highland’s Alness campus and PowerHouse research center

Staff and students who took part in the day including Anna McPherson, Stephen Bull, Peter Noble, John Baikie and Mina Hanna along with students from Invergordon Academy and Dingwall Academy.

Aspiring filmmakers from two Ross-shire secondary schools have put Cromarty Firth’s renewable energy industry into an innovative project.

Seventeen students from Invergordon Academy and Dingwall Academy took part in the UHI North Highland led ‘film jam’ combining the creative and renewable industries.

The project took place on the Alness campus of UHI North Highland, in collaboration with the PowerHouse.

The PowerHouse, part of Opportunity Cromarty Firth, is a new applied research center dedicated to the development of floating offshore wind and green hydrogen technologies.

Pupils were invited to create short films based on sustainable energy projects in the Cromarty Firth alongside industry professionals and students.

The day consisted of several workshops including storyboarding, filming, music composition, sound production and post-production, led by UHI lecturers Peter Noble and Anna McPherson, with support from the student in 4th grade filmmaker, John Baikie and guest speaker, Stephen Bull.

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Students also led and conducted live interviews with Steve Chisholm, Director of Operations and Innovation at Global Energy Group, and Mina Hanna, Project Manager at PowerHouse.

Mina said: “The aim of the day was to educate students in a more creative way, making a film about renewable energy and its importance to the region and Scotland as a whole.

“Offshore and green hydrogen should play a significant role in the UK’s decarbonisation plans and contribute significantly to Scotland’s net zero targets by 2045.”

In addition to their interview footage, students also had access to photos and video captured by UHI’s Contemporary Filmmaking Diploma students. The students had filmed different key locations around the Cromarty Firth and the University of St Andrews to create content that the students could edit and incorporate into their films.

Peter Noble, Creative Studies Program Manager at UHI North Highland, said: “Our film jam has been designed to give anyone interested in a career in the creative arts sector the opportunity to participate in a process creative complex while discovering the importance of the transition. to renewable energies.

“We would like to thank our partners at the Global Energy Group and Dr Sneh Paul and Dr Paul Connor from the University of St Andrews for their support of the event.”

Films can now be viewed on the UHI North Highland YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@UHI_NH

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