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Hi8us Past Projects
Since 1994 Hi8us has been involved in hundreds of projects across the UK and Europe. Although we work predominantly with hard-to-reach young people, we have also worked with other groups including older people and those with physical and mental disabilities. These are just a few of our past projects:




Illustration by Asia Alfasi.

COMIX
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
International Comics Writing & Illustration
Group:
80 Participants and 22 Artists
Date:
2009

Description: COMIX is an innovative, creative cultural and professional exchange project that enables a broad range of artists from different disciplines, including visual arts, literature, design, applied arts and cultural heritage, to undertake training from high-profile industry professionals in comic writing and illustration and to then train and support emerging new talent from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their skills and produce new comic art, in the UK, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria.

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Relationships and SEX
Company: Hi8us Midlands with The Brothers McLeod
Project Type:
DVD Animation
Group:
For Teenagers
Date:
2009

Description: The Relationships and SEX DVD is the perfect accompaniment for delivering lessons dealing with sexual health and relationships targeted at young people in secondary education and informal settings. It covers everything from the importance of making choices about sex and relationships, whether heterosexual or gay, as well as all the health implications and support available. The film is a comprehensive summary of all aspects relating to the subject, delivered in an accessible way.

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Digital Stories with Older People for Hello Digital
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Digital Stories
Group:
Day Centre Attendees aged 60–83 years old.
Date:
2008

Description: Hi8us is more used to engaging groups of young people in media production. However, when the sponsors of Hello Digital stated that they were keen to widen access to digital media, Hi8us thought it was a perfect opportunity to work with a group of older people for the first time. The idea of making digital stories with older people received a lot of positive responses from groups across Birmingham. This was not surprising, since it is such an accessible process and there are few digital media projects involving older people.

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Kahani
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Digital Stories/Film
Group:
Older South Asian Women
Date:
2010

Description: Hi8us Presents 'Kahani' in Partnership with the UK Asian Women's Centre, Funded by Hello Digital as part of Say Hello.

The Hi8us Kahani project has been unearthing the stories of elderly South Asian Women living in Birmingham through our partnership with the UK Asian Woman's Centre in Hockley. We supported the women to turn their tales into digital stories so that they can be shared with a larger audience.

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Inclusion Through Media
Company: Hi8us Projects
Project Type:
Development Partnership
Group:
Several Projects and Groups
Date:
2005 – 2008

Description: Hi8us Projects was the lead partner in Inclusion Through Media (ITM), a £6.5m EC-funded Equal development partnership. Many ITM projects which were delivered by Hi8us took the form of partnerships with external organisations such as universities, independent production companies and sector support agencies.

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EDRAMA
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Interactive Roleplay Tool
Group:
Several Projects and Groups
Date:
1999–Present

Description: EDRAMA is an interactive role-play tool that combines drama, ICT and education. Drawing on the familiarity of the Internet, EDRAMA provides entertaining and experiential learning for a wide range of users.

EDRAMA provides live virtual role-plays, which can include scenarios ranging from: a school bullying incident; a police officer having to diffuse a difficult situation; or a hotel receptionist having to deal with a difficult customer.

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StripSearch
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Comic Illustration
Group:
Several groups of different ages.
Date:
2003 – Present

Description: Since 2003 the StripSearch project has identified and nurtured comic illustration talent. Young people receive professional training from award-winning comic artists John McCrea and Hunt Emerson and mentoring from a range of professionals, as well as portfolio development and exhibition support from the Hi8us Midlands team.

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Projecting Stoke
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Film
Group:
20 groups of Young People across Stoke
Date:
2007

Description: Projecting Stoke was a film-based scheme involving different communities in Stoke-on-Trent. Working in collaboration with professional filmmakers, the chosen participants developed, organised, directed and shot a number of short films.

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Digitoons Talks
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Event — Animation Talks
Group:
Free to members of the public
Date:
Sept 2008

Description: Hi8us, in partnership with the Creative Careers Surgery and Hello Digital, created a series of free talks across the West Midlands featuring award-winning animators and facilitated by broadcast presenter and producer, Shivani Mair of Creative Careers Surgery.

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Boost
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
International Digital Storytelling
Group: Several projects and groups of different ages
Date:
2005 – 2008

Description: In 2007 Hi8us Midlands ran the Boost scheme, a business support programme for new and emerging creative and digital media companies. 40 Young people keen to break into a range of media industries received a raft of support and services. These include individually chosen professional mentors, business planning, marketing and graphic design, supported networking, fundraising, paid events, tailored workshops and exhibition opportunities.

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DigiTales
Company: Hi8us Projects
Project Type:
International Digital Storytelling
Group: Several projects and groups of different ages
Date:
2005 – 2008

Description: We had not worked on the international stage before ITM, but Equal provided us with an exciting opportunity to establish new links with like-minded organisations across Europe. Our main project was DigiTales, a pan-European digital storytelling initiative involving people making short films about their lives.

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Beyond the Numbers Game
Company: Hi8us Projects
Project Type:
Assessment Toolkit
Group:
Several Projects and Groups
Date:
2007

Description: We have a long standing interest in the suitability of performance measures used by policy makers and funding agencies to assess the value of projects which have received assistance. When it came to understanding the value of creative activity with young people, we felt our work was undervalued by an over emphasis on easily calculated performance indicators.

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DigiToons Masterclasses
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Animation Masterclasses
Group:
16+ Women
Date:
Sept 2008

Description: Hi8us in partnership with award-winning animation company, The Brothers McLeod, gave six budding animators the opportunity to take part in five masterclasses which enabled them to create their own one-minute animations.

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Prince's Trust xl

Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Interactive e-learning CD-ROM
Group:
Teenagers in 1200 UK schools
Date:
2005

Description: Hi8us Midlands were commissioned to produce some e-learning materials to supplement the Prince's Trust xl Programme. The xl Programme provides teenagers at risk of exclusion from school alternative ways of engaging with education. Hi8us produced a CD-ROM with learning activities covering practical subjects such as Relationships, Health and Money.

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Prince's Trust xl Vim Town
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Interactive e-learning CD-ROM
Group:
Teenagers in 1200 UK schools
Date:
2007

Description: Following the sucess of the first Prince's Trust xl CD-ROM, Hi8us Midlands were commissioned to produce a second set of e-learning materials to supplement the Prince's Trust xl Programme. The xl Programme provides teenagers at risk of exclusion from school alternative ways of engaging with education. Hi8us produced a CD-ROM with learning activities focusing on business and entrepreneurship.

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Lisa's No Pizza
Company: Hi8us Midlands
Project Type:
Interactive Animation
Group:
30 young people aged 10-12.
Date:
2003

Description: Lisa’s No Pizza is an innovative online animation site that allows web-users to explore the issue of bullying. Lisa, the main character is being bullied by a fellow pupil called Mayid. Each stage of the animation allows the web-user to take the story forward by making choices themselves.

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