Over the past month our Through the Lens adult learner and school's groups have been developing their filmmaking skills and short film ideas. Funded by Screen Scotland, The Robertson Trust, and City of Edinburgh Council, the programme develops young people and adults in Edinburgh's most deprived communities, and refugee and migrant learners new to the city.

Wester Hailes High School

The Wester Hailes High School group have learned about the key craft areas of filmmaking, watched and analysed a range of films, developed stories for their short films, and worked towards their Arts Award qualification.

The youngsters begin shooting shortly, with a murder mystery and a romantic comedy going into production. We can't wait to see the films such creative and energetic young filmmakers produce!

South East

The Southeast Edinburgh adults have a real passion and commitment to filmmaking, and its been inspiring to work with this group, seeing them develop new skills, confidence as filmmakers, and filled with creative and ambitious ideas. Going into production with their very first short is just around the corner, a quirky Western-inspired breakup film, shooting at the amazing Wild West themed alleyway in Edinburgh. 



The ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) group have been developing their creative and technical filmmaking skills, engaged with a range of short films, and explored narratives and stories from their range of different cultures. Over the past couple of weeks, their heart warming short about friendship under the blossoming cherry trees in the Meadows has been shooting. 

This course has shown what a universal language film is, how filmmaking can connect people no matter their culture, where they come from, or what languages are spoken. 

Craigroyston Community High School

The Craigroyston youngsters have been busy filming their shorts, one focused on exam stress and the effects of forgetting to take your medication, and the other about a man who drops his keys, which are accidentally put in a ‘safe place’ by someone else. Both groups move onto postproduction shortly, alongside continuing their Arts Award qualification journey.

Castlebrae High School

The Castlebrae youngsters are also nearing the end of shooting, with one short focused on two strangers getting stuck in a lift and finding friendship, and the other a horror film about a group of friends who betray someone. A truly collaborative approach sees each filmmaking team featuring in the other groups film, acting on screen. 

North Edinburgh

The North Edinburgh adults are at pre-production stage with their short, about a man struggling with anxiety holding him back from social situations and eventually his job, before finally reaching out to seek therapy.