Filming and production creative brief

Music education charity ‘Lewisham Music’ are looking for a dynamic, community-focused individual filmmaker or media organisation to film, produce and edit a series of films to support the online launch event of our new premises above The Fellowship & Star in Bellingham.


The content and creative direction will be co-developed with Lewisham Music staff and young people, however the successful individual/organisation will bring all the digital/media expertise and equipment needed to make this a reality and a success.


Background and context

In June 2019 we moved into new premises at The Fellowship & Star in Bellingham, a new cultural centre which includes a cinema and live music, theatre and comedy venue. Situated in an area with which is both economically and culturally deprived, this venue will provide a safe, accessible space to offer a vibrant programme of music for the whole community.


Please download and read the full background and context below.


Background and context



MAIN OUTPUT – A highlights ‘digital venue tour’ video


This is the most important output, allowing people unable to attend physically to get a good sense of the venue and its different rooms, and to feel excited about its potential before, during and after the in-person launch events.


  • This will include digital tours of our 6 spaces, involving young people (sourced by Lewisham Music) showing the camera around the space

  • The film can expect significant social media (and possibly local and national media) attention, and will also be played during the actual launch events in July

  • We anticipate this will require a day of filming in May or June


The finished product will be:


  • A 10-minute main video comprising digital tours, interviews, live performances, voice over and graphics

  • Up to 10 social media teaser videos (approx. 30 seconds length)


ADDITIONAL OUPUTS – A series of interviews and performances recorded at the Fellowship & Star


The interviews and performances will be filmed and produced into standalone short videos for Lewisham Music’s social media channels.


  • Up to 8 interviews (approx. 15 minutes each), involving artists (who have put their names to rooms), local young people, Lewisham Music staff members and Trustees

  • The interviews will be conducted by local young people (sourced by Lewisham Music) to ensure a strong ‘youth voice’ element

  • Up to 4 live performances in different spaces; 1 track per artist/group.


These videos are predominantly being made so that sections can be included in the main highlights video. Therefore, the full videos will not require significant editing. However, the full films will be made available to Lewisham Music for additional promotional and archive purposes. The exact length and number of these recordings will be confirmed, but it is envisaged that this will be filmed across 2 days in May or early June.



  • To support the launch of the space in a safe way at a time when Covid-19 will still be present in the community to some degree

  • To create online and press buzz about the premises launch

  • To raise awareness of the opportunities available at The Fellowship & Star to the community, young people, and both local and national partner organisations, funders, and individual benefactors

  • Generate some much needed ‘good news’ as the community emerges from Covid-19

  • Capture the essence of Lewisham Music’s endeavour at the Fellowship & Star at it’s launch stage, creating a useful resource which can be used in the future to advocate for Lewisham Music’s work, apply for funding, evidence impact and more

  • Utilise the power of local music industry role models to inspire young musicians

  • Ensure that the voice of local young people is heard throughout this process, that local young people can learn new skills in the process and feel a clear sense of ownership & pride in the Fellowship & Star as a community asset


The individual or group

 We are ideally looking to partner with an individual/organisation who:


  • Is local (i.e., within the Borough of Lewisham or neighbouring boroughs) and has a strong sense of community

  • Is an expert in media/film

  • Works with young people or is eager to share their knowledge with young people identified by Lewisham Music as part of the process to support the development of the next generation of filmmakers

  • Is excited by this project, and sees it as a valuable opportunity for them as an organisation or an individual

  • We envisage this could be an experienced individual filmmaker; a University film or media student eager to use this as work experience or part of their portfolio; a local arts or media charity, or Community Interest Company



Of course, any individual/organisation involved will get full credit in the content itself and any related publicity.


Whilst we absolutely intend to give a strong degree of artistic freedom to the successful applicant, Lewisham Music will retain full editorial control throughout the process.


The finished content will remain the intellectual property of Lewisham Music, and can only be used with Lewisham Music’s permission.



As the launch event was originally planned for May 2020, Lewisham Music are keen to stick to the timescales in the document.


However, interested parties should note that these timescales may need to change if the Covid-19 situation/guidance makes filming in May or June complicated, for example.



There is a budget of up to £2000 available as a total fee, including expenses.


This total fee will be paid within 2-weeks after an invoice is received at the end of the project, however, if a portion of this fee is needed ‘up-front’, this will be considered.


This will be paid on as self-employed/freelance basis and successful applicants will be responsible for any tax and National Insurance due on this fee.



Successful individuals should have an Enhanced DBS check, or be prepared to have one conducted by Lewisham Music.


Successful organisation must have Enhanced DBS checks for all staff involved in the project and submit their Safeguarding Policy.


Applications and further information

This is not a formal tender process. 


If this is of interest, please write a covering letter outlining why you would like to be involved and how you would approach the project, and send this to Charly Richardson, Lewisham Music’s CEO…




Short CVs and links to previous work would also be welcome.


Informal phone call/ videocall discussions with interested parties are also welcome, please get in touch using the same email address.


Deadline for expressions of interest

26 February 2021


Download the full brief

Filming and production creative brief


We look forward to hearing from you soon!