GMAC Film

 

Organisation 

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, our mission is to empower young people, emerging film talent and independent filmmakers to realise their ambitions in film. We create open access points for everyone who wants to make and watch films or to enter the screen industries. GMAC Film has been championing diversity and striving for social equality within the screen sector for 37 years, providing resources and delivering a creative and artistic programme for people from all backgrounds who are interested in film.

Location 

Glasgow/Remote (please note assistance may be available for travel and accomodation, contact us at admin@sgsah.ac.uk for more information)

Dates 

January 2021 - June 2021 (All internships comprise of a maximum of three months FTE to be taken within this timescale.)

Propose for the intern to work 2 days per week (14 hours) for 6 months – total 336 hours- but can be flexible in terms of how the intern wants to plan their time working on this project.

Project Description

Established as a charity in 1982, GMAC Film is an open access media centre that delivers a creative and artistic programme for all people interested in film, regardless of age, background or income. Our mission is to empower young people and adults by enabling them to acquire the skills, knowledge, confidence and resources to realise their ambitions in film or elsewhere in the creative industries.

Since 1982 GMAC Film has supported a diverse range of grassroots and independent filmmakers and has built up a significant collection of film productions in Scotland from 1982 to the present today.

GMAC Film has been awarded a scoping grant from the National Library - Archives Revealed fund which has enabled us to engage archive consultant, Simon Wilson. https://simonpwilson.com/ who will produce a report for GMAC Film and the National Library making recommendations about the next steps.

Simon has been working (remotely via zoom) with the GMAC Film technical operations assistant Gary Hewitt. Gary is currently sorting through 80 large boxes of material, some film, tapes of different digital video formats and associated film paperwork, stills and scripts.  This is the first step towards fully cataloguing the GMAC Film archive in order to make it accessible and available to view.  The ambition for this project is for GMAC Film is to launch our archive as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations in 2022 as a resource to view and explore in GMAC Film.

GMAC Film is looking to recruit an archive researcher to come onboard to work on this exciting new archive project to help explore and assess our film archive.

Outputs

The current scoping of the GMAC Film archive will produce a report with clear and specific recommendations relating to the preservation, cataloguing and promotion of the archive. This report will also recommend next steps which will help inform the achive project and the exact role of the researcher on this project.

However, it is expected that the reseacher would be involved in the overall archive project to help identify, assess and catalogue the film archive. The researcher would also help shape how to make the GMAC Film archive accessible to view.3

Benefits to the Host

The aim of this project is to catalogue and make available the large collection of films that GMAC Film has produced since 1982 to the present day. It is currently boxed up at GMAC Film and not accessible to view so the ambition is to make the archive available to view at GMAC Film and for this to be launced in 2022 as part of GMAC Film’s 40th anniversary celebrations.  

This will benefit GMAC Film as it will profile the work that the organisations have been doing over almost 40 years to support independent, grassroots filmmakers in Scotland, many of whom have gone on to be internationally renowned filmmakers or crew professionals.  The GMAC Film collection offers a unique insight into the development of filmmaking, cultural themes, social histories and physical locations in Scotland, as seen through the eyes of grassroots filmmakers over the last 40 years. Opening up the archive collection to view will enable GMAC Film to make new connections and engage with new communities as well as inspiring the young filmmakers that GMAC Film currently works with.  It is an opportunity for GMAC Film to celebrate what makes GMAC Film unique and important within the Scottish film landscape. It fits with GMAC Film’s overall aim to make the organisation more sustainable by allowing us to evidence the organisation’s impact within the Scottish film industry. The archive itself will also be a valuable resource for researchers into Scottish film history, initiating new research and inspiring creative responses to archive material.

Benefits to the Researcher

This is an unique opportunity for a Library & Information Studies student to be involved in a live archive project and to help establish a new and valuable archive collection of around 250 films (on film and digital formats) made in Scotland since 1982. Moving Image Archive, National Library of Scotland currently only holds 85 films produced by GMAC Film over the years and is keen to work with us to catalogue the full collection. So this is an opportunity to build and shape a new film archive that can be accessed by the public and the intern will gain insight into this process while developing their own skills and expertise.

Key Relationships

The intern would work closely with the GMAC Staff team and board who are fully supportive of this archive project.

GMAC Film is also working with archive consultant Simon Wilson on the initial scoping of this project. Simon is a registered archivist with more than 25 years experience working across the Higher Education, local government and the museum sectors, with considerable experience of using technology to increase awareness and use of collections.

GMAC Film will also collaborate with the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive based in Kelvinhall in Glasgow. Curator Kay Foubister at the archive has expressed an interest in helping us with the GMAC Film archive collection. They have the facility, in particular, to preserve and telecine the 16mm films to digital files.

There may be opportunities to work with other archivists on this project as it develops.

Person Specification

Skills, experience and personal qualities that are required for this placement:

E

D

Essential/Desirable

E

D

Essential/Desirable

A1 – Knowledge Base

C1 – Professional Conduct

x

 

Subject Knowledge

x

 

Healthy and Safety

x

 

Research methods – theoretical knowledge

x

 

Ethnics, principles and sustainability

x

 

Research methods – Practical application

 

 

Legal requirements

x

 

Information Seeking

x

 

IPR and copyright

x

 

Information literacy and management

x

 

Respect and confidentiality

 

 

Languages

 

 

Attribution and co-authorship

 

 

Academic literacy and numeracy

x

 

Appropriate practice

A2 – Cognitive abilities

C2 – Research management

x

 

Analysing

x

 

Research Strategy

 

 

Synthesising

x

 

Project planning and delivery

x

 

Critical thinking

 

 

Risk management

x

 

Evaluating

 

 

 

x

 

Problem Solving

 

 

 

A3 – Creativity

C3 – Finance, funding & resources

x

 

Inquiring minds

 

 

Income and funding generation

x

 

Intellectual insight

 

 

Financial management

x

 

Innovation

 

 

Infrastructure and resources

 

 

Argument construction

 

 

 

 

 

Intellectual risk

 

 

 

B1 – Personal qualities

D1 – Working with others

x

 

Enthusiasm

x

 

Collegiality

x

 

Perseverance

x

 

Team working

x

 

Integrity

 

 

People management

x

 

Self-confidence

 

 

Supervision

x

 

Self-reflection

 

 

Mentoring

x

 

Responsibility

 

 

Influence and leadership

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration

 

 

 

x

 

Equality and diversity

B2 – Self management

D2 – Communication & dissemination

x

 

Preparation and prioritisation

x

 

Communication methods

x

 

Commitment to research

x

 

Communication media

x

 

Time management

 

 

Publication

x

 

Responsiveness to change

 

 

 

x

 

Work-life balance

 

 

 

B3 – Professional & career development

D3 – Engagement and impact

 

 

Career management

 

 

Teaching

 

 

Continuing professional development

 

 

Public Engagement

 

 

Responsiveness to opportunities

 

 

Enterprise

 

 

Networking

 

 

Policy

 

 

Reputation and esteem

 

 

Society and culture

 

 

 

 

 

Global citizenship


First published: 3 August 2018