The uScreen project set out to give young, deaf & disabled people a voice in our increasingly digital online world. As current online programmes were not accessible to them, uScreen pioneered ground-breaking technology to provide young deaf and disabled people (and non-disabled people) the opportunity to express their thoughts through film-making.
As well as free accessible group editing and storyboarding tools, uScreen provides British Sign Language, subtitles, visual captioning and audio description which can be added to the films created by the website’s participants, enabling everyone to enjoy them.
Delivered in partnership with Screen South, uScreen was launched with a programme of live workshops and screenings alongside training and professional mentoring opportunities. Because not all young deaf and disabled people were able to attend the workshops in person, a range of online sessions were also organised.
uScreen successfully enabled young people to share ideas and network nationally and internationally. They learnt by creating online at home or at school, in their youth club or at film festivals. In 2011/12 there were 8,384 unique visitors to the website and there have been a further 1900 between April and June 2012. As of August 2012 uScreen counts 1118 members from 24 countries, with 183 completed films uploaded and 499 clips currently being edited. The legacy of uScreen will continue as young people discover and join the website to make, show and share their films and ideas. uScreen will also be further developed and supported in the second phase of Accentuate in 2013.
uScreen has also provided access to new career pathways. After taking part in one of the uScreen programmes, disabled young person Stephanie Howell commented “uScreen has helped me get across what I’ve been wanting to say and how I have felt for years…uScreen made me feel that I have a voice.”
uScreen was identified by many interviewees as one of the great successes of the Accentuate programme. Several mentioned that it is not only of interest to deaf and disabled people – it has brought people with an interest in film together. The site was championed by actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry following its launch in 2011and subsequently won 'The Interactive Media Award 2011' at the AMI [Ability Media International] awards. It also reached the semi-finals of the Best Arts Project at the 2011 National Lottery Awards.
The uScreen site will provide a pathway for learning opportunities and will work with partners to ensure the advice and guidance is accessible, relevant and up to date
“It’s an easy, fun site to navigate around. A really exciting tool for aspiring young film- makers. I wish this was around when I was a kid.”
Elaine Wickham, KFF Head of Studies
“It was fantastic for them to have very close contact with disabled role models, particularly those who displayed such ‘go getting attitudes.”
Roz Brown, Learning Dimension Leader Communication& Literacy, Valence School, Kent
"uScreen is very straightforward and easy to use. It is an excellent platform for our learning disabled actors to experiment with and show off their talents."
William Jessop, Project Director, Blue Apple's Hamlet
Accentuate projects have been collecting examples of how their work is having an impact. Whether this is the personal experience of an individual, or the influence Accentuate projects have had on organisations. Click the link to view the case studies.
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3D Film-making Course: From Script to Screen
3D Stories are running a free 3D filmmaking course for people with disabilities funded by Screen South. The workshop will run over 3 days and provide hands on tutorials for industry professionals - by industry professionals.
The course will consist of a 2 day workshop on 26 & 28 March at Ravensbourne Media Academy, London. In between will be a practice shoot on 27 March with the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Team at their training ground in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
This course is being offered for FREE thanks to the support of Screen South, uScreen and Southampton Solent University.
For more information please click the link or download the PDF