Focus: Communications - Three minutes with ... Nik Powell, producer, Calendar Girls

What is the film you have just produced?

I've made a film for the National Society for Epilepsy that is based on footage of its residential centre in Buckinghamshire. The centre is home to 200 people who have severe epilepsy. Some of them also have learning difficulties.

I wanted to give an idea of what the charity does in a short film of just five minutes. There is no dialogue, just music, which makes it suitable for all audiences.

The film will be used by the charity when it meets potential corporate donors and as part of the induction for every new employee.

How did it come about?

I've been involved with the charity for several years after being invited to its annual ball.

I have epilepsy myself and felt I wanted to do something to help, so I met up with representatives from the charity again and we discussed a few ideas.

The society had been wanting to make a film like this for a long time but felt it couldn't afford it, so I offered to get it off the ground and gave my time for free.

I'm also the director of the National Film and Television School, so I got one of my students involved to do the filming.

What were you trying to convey with the film?

I wanted to portray the character and nature of the people being cared for and those giving the care.

All good films give a sense of the personalities involved. I don't think I approached the project any differently just because I have epilepsy.

But I am hugely appreciative of what the charity does and the care it offers through its centre, which I wanted to convey in the film.

I have only watched it once myself but those who have seen it tell me they like it.

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