Mental Health Short Film by Interactive Design student Jack Simmons
We love learning about the concepts and ideas that underpin student work here at The Northern School of Art, like this film piece by UAL interactive design student Jack Simmons. Which explores and shows an understanding of mental health as a social issue and demonstrates the freedom in learning that our courses allow.
We caught up with Jack to find out more about his work, read on to find out more and watch his short film!
Tell us about your mental health awareness project?
For my college project, my class had to create an animation or series of posters based on current social issues. Because of my interest in Film & TV, I was allowed to create a video for my project instead of an animation. The social issue that I found and researched was about mental health and how it can affect anyone, so I wanted to create an advert talking about the impacts it has on people in society and how it is communicated. I had the idea to show as many people as possible that anyone no matter how they look, how old they are, or how young, anyone can be affected, and it’s not always obvious.
What are your aims with the project?
I wanted to create a video that was touching and poignant to a majority of people that watch it and to help those struggling with mental health, letting them know there are ways to communicate other than just speaking and that there are helplines for those who are suffering from their mental health.
Did you come across any challenges?
Originally for my project, I tried reaching out to a charity that I thought represented everything that my advert also represented, sadly the charity wasn’t able to help or be a part of my project since it was classed as student work, even though it would have been a great opportunity, It wasn’t an issue and my grades weren’t affected. Also since I’m not a film student I wasn’t experienced with the equipment so I had to learn how to set up the lights and work the camera. The course I am currently studying is Interactive Design Level 3 and I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and the creative freedom I’ve been given.
What has your experience been like with the northern school of art?
It has introduced me to so many skills and interests that I never knew I would have and I have grown a lot since I started. The staff and support are amazing here and I’ve always had someone to help guide me through a difficult time when I’m struggling. I have become more confident in myself and my skills thanks to my time at this college.
What are your next steps?
I’m aiming to become a movie writer and director. I’ve always been fascinated with storytelling and during my time at The Northern School of Art I have realised that this is my passion, to create amazing stories through movie media for people of all ages to enjoy. And I look forward to the journey ahead even if it’s tough, I feel that I am capable of overcoming any obstacle.
You can see more of jacks work on his instagram @jack_simm101
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