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 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.