CIYC: Ruairidh Gollan

Ruairidh Gollan reflects on his film about the perspectives, stories and opinions of the community of Edderton.

Edderton, the people and the place


As my project comes to a close, it has been nice to reflect on what I have learnt and what I have taken away from it.

When I took on the project, I thought the music was going to play a big part in the film. However, in the end I realised it was not. It became about the people I interviewed and the stories they told. The music and video played a supporting role in accompanying these fascinating stories.

My interviewees were great and I took a lot away from the stories they told me. They ended up being a lot better than I ever could have imagined, to the extent that I found it really hard to cut the interviews down to a 6-10 min film (and hence why it ended up as a 16 or so minute film).

I started the interview process in September, where I recorded each interview and took accompanying film footage. This led on to going out to gather additional shots of scenery and village life. The soundtrack process was very informal and each track was composed as I was piecing the film together.

Along the way, I learnt a lot of new camera skills – how to compose my shots, what I should be looking for in a shot and lots of technical elements. I cannot say that I am a brilliant videographer (a lot of the shots are very amateur!) but I do feel I can build on all these skills. I also learnt more about the act of interviewing both from Thomas and Mairi and how to edit a film together (giving space, where each shot should be played, LUT filters and lots more).

Personally I benefitted a lot from this project as I carried out every process from the interviews to the final edit, along with excellent guidance from Thomas. I learnt what I was good at and what I am not so good at. This gives me a good indication of what I would definitely get help with the next time. I also think my interviewees benefitted a lot from this. It has given them a platform to express their thoughts and feelings and what is important to them. After seeing the film, I think they have a sense of pride in their community (which I hope others will take away when they see the film too).

The mentoring sessions have been so valuable. Thomas has given me so much to take away for future projects and has been extremely helpful and supportive throughout. The Creative Conversations have also been great, learning from people across the Highlands from different artforms has been fascinating and has opened the doors for further networking and potential future projects.

Thank you to everyone involved in the project, from organisers and mentors to speakers and others participants.