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Wanted: 3 minute videos of life under lockdown

Help us make a document for the future - send us a postcard from home.

The concept of home is taking on greater significance now we are under lockdown. We are spending most of our time in our homes – perhaps more than we ever wanted or expected. What does your home mean to you at this time? Is it a safe space or does it feel more like a prison? Are there objects you’ve collected, visitors you miss? How isolated are you, and how are you coping? Has your sense of home, your experience or appreciation of it changed during the lockdown? What about the sounds, sights and senses of home? Do you have a home at all? We need to know what home under lockdown means to you.

A special new cultural project, From Home, for the Brighton Digital Festival, will examine what life under lockdown looks like for millions of people all over the world.

Devised by Brighton-based Moving Pictures Theatre and Language Umbrella Media, the From Home, project will become part of an installation to be shown at the Brighton Digital Festival later this year, providing a unique historical snapshot of an unprecedented time in global history. The installation will allow people to interact with the personal video submissions in a welcoming exhibition space while the VR and online project will display the videos in a format that is accessible to all, and as a lasting collection of experiences and responses.  

The organisers of From Home would like members of the public to send in 3 minute videos of life under lockdown, and beyond that under social distancing measures,  responding to the theme of home. These can be filmed on a smartphone or camera, or edited in some other way you prefer.

Moving Pictures Theatre co-founder Lucy Nordberg explains, “We want to hear from people from all walks of life: nurses and key workers and those on the front line; those that are having to self-isolate; people having to respond to the demands of working from home; parents coping with the challenge of small children out of school; artists and creatives having to adapt to creating art in a different environment when time takes on a different meaning. No story is too small. From Home will become an important time capsule recording these extraordinary times.”

Pick any tone for your subject: happy, hopeful, reflective, anxious, melancholic. You can be autobiographical and simply tell your story or share your experience direct to camera, or you can creative through song, animation, drawing, painting, performance, readings, poetry. The team at From Home are open to everything.  You can film in any room or outside space that sums up your feelings of what home means to you. If you use other people’s material just bear in mind that they might not be able to use your piece for the festival if it’s subject to copyright.

Some of the videos will then be shared on For Home’s Facebook and Instagram pages and a special YouTube channel set up for the project. Selected videos will also be shown at an installation to go on show at Brighton Digital Festival in October 2020 (organisers will be in touch to gain permission). There are also plans for a virtual installation using VR elements. If the Festival is delayed, then the virtual installation may be released first.

Tom Ottway, of From Home, and a founder members Language Umbrella Media, is also planning to interview a number of those who submit videos for a series of special podcasts  From Home, which will accompany this project and feed into his University of Sussex research project looking ‘Home and the Senses. Please get in touch if you would be interested in discussing your experiences of for this podcast.

This project is not for profit. Any payments  received (e.g. from YouTube views), after expenses, will go to several charities including Acting for Others, which provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through 14 member charities.

How to submit your videos.

Please send your videos via Facebook and WeTransfer, as below. If you don’t have Facebook, just use WeTransfer. From Home will need videos sent as soon as possible, as responses need to be collected during this time of social distancing and lockdown.

Upload your video to the Facebook page:

hashtag your videos #fromhome #(your town) #(the space you’ve used) e.g. #brighton #kitchen

Go to and send to

Include your name, contact details, the town where you live and the space you’ve used in your home.

Please help spread the word – both on and off social media.


Further details on submissions:

Social Media:

Instagram @From_home2020.   Twitter @Fromhome2020   Facebook @Fromhome2020


For further media information or interview requests please contact Pandora George on or on 07729469220

Notes to Editors.

At Home has been developed by  Brighton companies Moving Pictures Theatre together with Language Umbrella. Tom Ottway, co-founder of Language Umbrella, and doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex in the School of Media, Film and Music on the subject of ‘Home and the Senses’ met Moving Pictures Theatre co-founders Lucy Nordberg and Marc Green at their sold-out event for the 2019  Brighton Digital Festival, which explored MPT’s use of 360 filming. They decided to collaborate on several projects, including Tom’s exploration of the idea of home, which has been given an added significance by the current lockdown.

Moving Pictures Theatre was formed to create quality film productions using both traditional and innovative techniques, including 360 capture. The company has a focus on using interesting locations that inform the story.

Language Umbrella was formed with the aim of helping to tell stories and inspire learning, and since then the company has worked with prestigious clients, such as Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, Harper Collins and Santillana Publishing.