For anyone who has known us since our launch; they’ll have known just how difficult it’s been to navigate the media market with no resources. That is why I would like to share some learning’s about us, the news industry and why we’re very excited about the future of Scenes of Reason.
We launched ahead of GE15 with the sole intention of combatting first time voting apathy using engaging and accessible video content. 16 months later, post Brexit, it is clear now more than EVER that we need content that does not allude a political bias, that is not funded by any corporation or media network, and that has honest and creative minds to help engage EVERYONE. It’s become clear now that if we take what mainstream media say at face value – it has the potential to screw up our country.
Our integrity means everything to us – this is why, as you’ll see from our new website, we are promoting our production services and are keen to continue working with organisations who have stories to tell and value our integrity. If you know anyone who might like to work with us, get in touch.
It has now been proven that 85% of people who watch news/politics related videos online do not know whom the content belongs to – the market is over saturated. For fear of being under appreciated, we have decided to focus on creating longer form films and documentaries centered around our own impact campaigns, and based on topics we believe need a new perspective and where change still needs to occur.
This is a learning based on our own case study.
We spent £900 making The Haystack documentary on surveillance and the IP Bill in the UK at the beginning of this year, not only did it engage over 250K people, but Edward Snowden endorsed it himself. Since then, it has been screened independently all over the country and we have been officially selected for the London Film Festival and the UCL Human Rights Film Festival. If this is not a sign that we are on to something, I’m not sure what is.
I’d like to take this time to say thank you to all the people who have offered their support, skills and advice. Special thanks go to the guys from 7px who helped us re-develop our website. We didn’t have much of a budget to play with but because we had a mutual understanding that values mean more than big bucks, we now have an unbelievably smart and creative website that was turned around in minimal time and with the most positive attitude. Don’t you dare go to anyone else but these guys for design and development work, drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them we sent you.
Well, we’re not going anywhere and have some brilliant partnerships in the pipeline. We are busy planning for our next documentary and impact campaign, which we hope will cover:
CONSENT seeks to change the discourse around sexual consent and rape by focusing on the male psyche. Through working with male focused activist groups, sexual psychologists, human rights lawyers, the wrongfully accused as well as those undergoing sentencing – SoR will offer an alternative, refreshing perspective to the consent debate.
Our impact goal is to encourage the most influential male figures in the UK to make a statement about the importance of changing dominant male attitudes in order to mitigate sexual violence. We want to divert the conversation away from being just a “female issue” and unite the general public to prevent suffering on all sides. Four out of 48 rape organisations are dedicated to changing the attitudes of men when 85% of the perpetrators are male – I think we’ve found our new perspective.
If you know of anyone who is interested in this area and would like to get involved don’t hesitate to drop me an email, we’re in the very early states and love new ideas or connections.
Look forward to hearing from you,
Olivia & Team Scenes