We’re Human Too Film goes into Post-Production

Over the last few days Inspired Youth have been processing the interviews for the We’re Human Too short film. The interviews were emotional and real and have given us some really powerful content to work with for the film, which will serve as a promotional tool for the online exhibition by carrying the key messages and themes of the project. Below ‘Doug’ gives us a very open and honest interview, talks about his work, family and future aspirations.

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Below ‘Jacko’ shares aspects of his childhood and how he came about becoming homeless, As the post production gets into full swing, Scott Akoz Photography are processing the portraits from the photo shoot. Previews coming soon… Keep following the blog for updates.

“We’re Human Too” – Shoot (Day 3)

Three days of intensive photography and filmmaking came to it’s crescendo at Arc Light this evening as the “We’re Only Human” project photoshoot and film interviews continued. Today Inspired Youth & Scott Akoz met some young women which further demonstrated that homelessness does not discriminate against age or gender and effects people from all walks of life.


The interviews were powerful and profound and left the team feeling inspired and moved by the emotion it evoked. Below Inspired Youth’s Technical Manager,Liam, captures sound for an interview as part of the filmmaking process.IMG_0386

Scott Akoz continued to capture amazing portraits of everyone involved, images we are sure will be treasured and shared with family and friends. Using the live feed meant people could see the images immediately after they had been taken.IMG_6014 IMG_6015   IMG_6020  IMG_6029  IMG_6034 IMG_6035

It was great to see people grow in confidence as each shoot progressed. We are really looking forward to processing and editing the images and producing the film.   IMG_6039

We now enter a post production period and will return to Arc Light to review the photographs and short film with everyone that has been involved. #werehumantoo

“We’re Human Too” – Shoot Day 2


As Inspired Youth and Scott Akoz re-joined forces for the second day shoot, the project was in full swing and the creative the process really began to build momentum. It was good to meet different characters and hear a range of unique stories. No two stories were the same, and it highlighted the diversity of backgrounds and the differing reasons why people were facing homelessness. IMG_5961IMG_0260

Keeping in line with the series the shots were designed to look alike but while they had the same style, each character was really coming out in the images making them really unique to the person. IMG_5964

It was also good to work with some younger people who had experienced homelessness, both of whom had moved on from Arc Light to Orwin house, a supported housing project also run by Arc Light. It was good to hear that they had found help in crisis through Arc Light, and saw their progress as phase two of their path towards independent living.


It was another great session with Scott Akoz capturing some really strong portrait shots. Inspired Youth continued with the film production and had some profound conversations which will make for fascinating interviews. It has already been a moving, inspiring and emotional journey which we are proud to be part of.


The interviews ranged in content but everyone had something unique to say from their own experiences. It was great to get to know people a little bit and to have conversations about love, life and futures as well as their experiences of homelessness.

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Keep following the blog for previews of the outputs as the project unfolds.

“We’re Human Too” – Shoot (Day 1)


Tonight saw the of the first “We’re Human Too” film and portraiture session get underway at York Arc Light. Scott Akoz Photography was on hand to set up a studio with in the Arc Light media room.

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After the photographer had set up the studio with back drop and lights he talked them through what he wanted to get in terms of the portraits. IMG_5887

Scott brought equipment that gave us a live feed of the images coming through as they were being taken, allowing participants to get an immediate preview of their shots on a tablet device.


Below Akoz scrolls through images to discuss the best shots.IMG_5895IMG_5906

We worked with 4 different residents of varying ages to shoot powerful portraits that would be recognised as part of a series.IMG_5870

All the participants discussed the shots they liked with Scott Akoz, it was great to see their positive reactions.  IMG_5912

Above Akoz captures the shot, and below sharing a moment of laughter with Ian as they review the shots.IMG_5909IMG_5925 IMG_5915

Once each participant had completed their photo shoot they were invited to answer a series of questions about who they were on video. We wanted to talk about them as people, what made them happy what made them sad, before getting to conversations about homelessness. Working with Inspired Youth participants gave honest and open interviews and engaged fully with the process. The interviews, which were at times very emotional, will form a short film that will carry the powerful themes of the project and promote the project and exhibition online. IMG_5829

Above Liam sets up the studio backdrop, and below prepares audio equipment for filming.IMG_5824IMG_5825

Engaging with Arc Light residents

Over the last few weeks Arc Light Staff have been promoting the “We’re Human Too” project internally to residents. Tonight Inspired Youth met with a group of interested residents to explore the opportunity.


In order to fully engage people experiencing homelessness, we really wanted to convey the project concept and the idea behind the work. We talked the group through the process with our Prezi presentation.

To kick start the meeting we talked through the creative process and introduced people to some of our previous award-winning work including Music4Care, a music video shaped by Care leavers, made in partnership with The SpringBoard Project and A Story Like Ours, dementia friendly Campaign.

IMG_5743Residents reacted positively to the opportunity and there was a real interest in the project and its aims. We are confident going into the photography and film shoots which start next week.

IMG_5734 Follow the blog for updates.

We’re Human Too – The humans behind homelessness

Inspired Youth are set to launch a powerful photography and film project to show the human side of people experiencing homelessness. “We’re Human Too” is funded by a small grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation York Committee and will be delivered by Inspired Youth in partnership with York Arc Light homeless charity and Scott Akoz Photography.

The project will focus on presenting the humans behind the stigma and stereotypes associated with homelessness.

‘We’re Human Too” will form a City-wide awareness raising campaign which aims to explore and understand homelessness through the voices of experience. The project aspires to challenge modern images of homelessness we are shown in the media by creating powerful portraits which value each person as an individual with a story rather than a stereotype or an idea.

Over the coming weeks Inspired Youth will be shooting portraits with Scott Akoz Photography, and filming short interviews to explore the humans behind the stereotypes and stigma of homelessness. Follow the blog for updates.