New Video: Ben Scrace Teaching Film – 4 July 2011


VIELEN DANK_Pupils give Ben Scrace a 'thank you' card after teaching them German

Some time ago, I wrote a blog about three upcoming films that I promised to put together “soon”. One (the practice Bronze DofE expedition video) has since been cancelled – or rather recycled. I’ve stripped off sequences and sections to include in the video of the real thing, but there’ll never be a full-length film of the practice exped. A second of the prophesised three, about the Taplow Youth Choir trip to Catalonia, is now entering post-production and will be online just before the summer.

The delay is a result of revision but, with my exams out of the way and just coursework now outstanding, I’ve finally had time to get on with an edit of Ben Scrace (UK/German Youth Ambassador and Furze Platt Senior School Head Boy) voluntarily teaching German at Furze Platt Junior School. And it’s just in time too; Ben headed out to Berlin on Saturday morning clutching a warm copy of the DVD, burnt remotely from my iPod on Friday night.

Off to Berlin for summer Youth Ambassadors’ conference armed with video kindly produced by @andrewburdett1 and many articles. #Berlin”

— Ben Scrace, Twitter Update, 2 July 2011


Like the video I made at a similar time last year, I’m glad to see the back of this film. It was always going to be tough to make a stimulating, interesting, and enjoyable video of a young man teaching – made all the more laborious by having to observe strict privacy laws regarding the recording of children. (Indeed, there’s a couple of clips where we’ve had to blur some kids’ faces – both energy and time-consuming.)

However, it’s done now and out of the way, and thankfully he seemed to like it:

“It’s great! Thank you again for all the work you’ve put in. I’m really pleased.”

— Ben Scrace, email to Andrew Burdett, 2 July 2011

So now, at last, time for you too to see it too. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the film!

WATCH_The video is embedded from YouTube.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a twenty-something from Maidenhead in Berkshire, working for ITV News.