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Hi8us Midlands Ltd

Creativity and the Economy May 2007

Emma Wright - Projects Manager

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Contents

  • About Hi8us
  • StripSearch Project
        • History
        • Successes
        • Future
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About Hi8us

  • A national charity established in 1996 to produce innovative media with young people in their communities, across the UK and within Europe
  • UK’s leading practitioner in the field of collaborative professional media with young people
  • Strong links with the sectors relevant to young people and media across the country and in Europe
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Our Core Aims

  • To reach young people at risk of social exclusion to enable them to articulate their experiences, a chance to tell their stories
  • To enable talented young people to use the experience of creating media as a catalyst for change in their own lives and in their communities
  • To create groundbreaking television, film and new media through a unique collaboration between professional filmmakers, web-designers and non-professional participants
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Network organisation

Hi8us is working across the country through locally based entities. The closely linked network consists of:

  • Hi8us Projects
  • Hi8us Cornwall
  • Hi8us Midlands
  • Hi8us North
  • Hi8us South

www.hi8us.co.uk

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Benefits of our network organisation

  • Operates and delivers projects at a national, regional and local micro level
  • Has proven capacity to manage transnational partnerships
  • Influences policy at a national and regional level
  • Provides a raft of new creative opportunities for young people across the country
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Hi8us Projects

A registered charity responsible for research development work and transnational projects

Beyond the Numbers Game

A research project looking at the efficacy of existing performance measures for participatory media work

Successful transnational partnership

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Hi8us Midlands (1/3)

An arts and media production company in Birmingham

Three strands of work

Participatory community based projects

The production of e-learning tools

Training and support delivered using a range of methods

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Hi8us Midlands (2/3)

Scheme that supports and nurtures amateur talented comic illustrators in West Midlands

www.stripsearch.org.uk

An innovative online multi-user role-playing tool

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Hi8us Midlands (3/3)

An interactive animation about bullying

www.stopbullying.org

Gives a voice to communities based in Stoke-on-Trent through the media of film www.projectingstoke.com

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StripSearch Project (1/8)

  • www.animatix.org.uk

Reacting to young people’s need

  • StripSearch—unique bespoke

professionally led comic illustration scheme

  • Offers opportunities to talented amateur illustrators
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StripSearch Project (2/8)

Originally open to talented amateur illustrators from Birmingham.

Competitive Process, based on talent and ability to succeed in the industry.

10 places available,100 people applied,

13 took part.

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StripSearch Project (3/8)

Only 5% of applicants were from women.

Only 1 female finalist on StripSearch scheme.

Focus of StripSearch 2 was to appeal to and recruit more female participants, through direct marketing.

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StripSearch Project (4/8)

Second round of StripSearch nearly 50% applicants from women, direct marketing worked.

50% of finalists were women.

StripSearch has continued to attract attention from female comic illustrators.

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StripSearch Project (5/8)

  • 3rd year:
        • Produce their own comic books, rather than a collaborative book
        • Business support modules
        • Mobile exhibition
        • Birmingham and Bristol comic conventions
        • Website
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StripSearch Project (6/8)

  • Supported over 60 artists from the West Midlands and increased levels of participation
  • from Women
  • Recognised and supported

by UK Comics Industry

  • Nearly all participants have gained

illustration work

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StripSearch Project (7/8)

  • 3 Consecutive Female winners at IMAF Awards
  • First Female participant has deal with

Bloomsbury

  • First Female Comic Illustrator

(with own page) in the Beano is a StripSearch Graduate

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StripSearch Project (8/8)

  • What Next?

Feasibility Study into UK wide Comic School and Franchise opportunities.

Attending San Diego (Worlds Largest Comic Convention to promote StripSearch Scheme).

Raising funds to continue scheme. Ideas include:

    • StripSearch Juniors
    • Combining StripSearch and Animatix
    • Transnational Crossover scheme
stripsearch project
StripSearch Project

For more information contact:

Jemima Cattel

Hi8us Midlands Ltd

T: ++44 0121 753 7700

E: [email protected]

W. www.hi8us.co.uk

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