In Birmingham, the number of street homeless people has increased by 53% in the last year, and by 588% since 2012.
Tackling Homelessness Documentary
By Tinker Taylor and Birmingham City Council
Homelessness and the increasing number of people in temporary accommodation is an issue that needs to be talked about.
In Birmingham, there are 91 people sleeping rough and thousands more in temporary accommodation.
This film is an opportunity to explain how people become homeless, what is being done to combat this crisis and what we all, as human beings and citizens of Birmingham, can do to help.
We employed a small, experienced team to produce this film.
It might be a donation, it might be a report, it might be an act of kindness, but we wanted our viewers to feel empowered to do something.
Marlijn (researcher and writer), Fran (production coordinator), James and Ben (cinematographers) all live in Birmingham; all come to work on their bikes, on the bus, or walk; and all witness homelessness on a daily basis.
We shot the film on a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, which is known as the next generation handheld 4K digital film camera. It is discreet and less intrusive than the Sony FS7, which we typically shoot on.
It features a full size 4/3 sensor that gives 4096 x 2160 resolution with an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range for true digital film quality. It also has dual native ISO up to 25,600, so you get an incredible low light performance – great when we are filming outside ‘on the go’.
Tinker Taylor is based in Digbeth, where homelessness is an increasing issue. As such, we decided as a team this was something we all wanted to produce.
The film was launched at the Everyman Cinema in the Mailbox on the morning of 18th June 2019, to an audience of around 60 invited guests, including the media.
It was also featured on BBC News.
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