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FILMMAKING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS + ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

ERA Films is a video production company. Founded in 2005 it is led by award winning writer-director and documentary filmmaker Ben Crowe.

Ben works with other media production colleagues, activists and non-profit organisations to make compelling multimedia on human rights, environmental issues and the cultural arts. 

All of the projects featured in these pages have been completed by Ben, most in the last five years.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS AND FRIENDS SAY:

ERA films provided us with an excellent service. They understood quickly what we required and what our key messages were. They were extremely easy to work with, accommodating and highly professional. We’re really pleased with the four films that they produced for us and would definitely use them again.
LESLEY PINDER
Director of Marketing

Working people telling their own stories, in their own words is the most powerful way of breaking down barriers within and between nations. With Ben’s films, it is not only the stories that have impact. His keen eye for colour, movement and detail make his films captivating to watch.

SHARAN BURROW
General Secretary
LOGO web ITUC
Our collaboration with ERA Films was a rewarding experience. We loved their commitment about the work, the quality of the products delivered, but most of all their passion about the message we wanted to convey.

TINA LAIN

DRC country advisor Ecosystem Alliance Team Aquatic Ecosystems

SERVICES

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DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
& VIDEO ADVOCACY

Transform your communications and shape the narrative with powerful imagery and real life stories.

PARTICIPATORY VIDEO PROJECTS

Empower your partners to be agents of their own advocacy and media representation. Build transferable skills and a community resource.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

Target your communications at the people you want to reach. Be strategic in form, content, messaging and delivery platform.

interactive multimedia PRODUCTIONS

Enrich your communications with immersive online experiences. Non-linear narrative can open up a subject, deepen viewer engagement and provide different pathways to mobilisation.

Professional training

Are you an academic working in the field? Develop your video-based research skills, fieldwork safety awareness and security practiceslearn to be an effective audio-video gatherer. Guidance on assembling a basic mobile kit and longer term technical mentoring.

Project m&E

Visual demonstrations of project impact can be very powerful. Integrate video, audio and photography into your project tool kit as a method of documentation; build a multimedia evidence base and project archive to help in project evaluation, lesson learning and dissemination.

STRATEGIC CONSULTANCY

Does your organisation need to rethink its use of visual materials? We can provide a technology and skills assessment, a review of organisational process and systems, with recommendations for staff training, equipment investments and redesign.

MOBIle journalism

With a mobile phone everybody has the power to record important moments and engage in citizen journalism. With some extra training you can vastly improve the quality of your mobile video reporting for online viewing.

EVENT COVERAGE

Get into the habit of routinely documenting your event and take the opportunity to gather interviews with key people. Video can be a great way to disseminate learning to your networks with post-event video clips, and to raise the profile of key issues.

drone operation

Use drone aerial video to map inaccessible areas, gather visual evidence and conduct location-based monitoring activities.

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