Zolascope is a group of enthusiastic film-makers based in North-West France – roughly where the Orne, Mayenne, Manche and Ille-et-Vilaine départements meet.
It was originally created by Clare Le May and Steve Mansfield-Devine in 2013, originally with the intention of making a single movie as a creative project. But, as we link up with like-minded people, it is rapidly becoming much more ambitious.
The qualities we have as a group that are creating such exciting opportunities include:
Creativity: the projects provide a focus for our creative energies and ideas. Many of us come from creative backgrounds (writing, theatre, TV), others are inspired by what we’re doing and want to have a go themselves. Film-making provides an environment for exploring many different kinds of creative activity, including writing, photography, sound, set design, costume, make-up and more.
Collaboration: there’s nothing quite as satisfying as working with a team of enthusiastic and talented people brought together with a single purpose. We have a diverse range of skills and experience, and we enjoy the opportunity to learn from each other.
Independence: we make the movies that interest us, in the way we want to make them. Zolascope’s projects provide a means of expressing our ideas and of discovering how we can tell our stories without the constraints of a more conventional set-up.
Achievement: the end result of each project is something tangible in which we can take pride and that we can share with others.
Education: we’re all learning as we go – but that means we’re developing our own voice and our own style. And we hope to provide a resource for young film-makers to learn their craft.
We’re always interested in hearing from people who would like to join us – as actors or crew – no experience necessary. To that end, we run a number of workshops.
Or perhaps you’d simply like to come along to see our films.
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