About 12 years ago HFP set up FilmAble, a film production company run by and for people with learning disabilities. Skilled members of FilmAble sometimes also work on commissioned shoots for HFP.
In A Flap was made by FilmAble for the Sill, National Landscape Centre. They rotoscoped clips of bird flight, then animated their drawn and animated images. The birds were all species likely to be seen in Northumberland National Park.
Swan Bride was made by Tessa Bolt. FilmAble work on both personal, individual projects, and together, often supporting much larger HFP projects, particularly in Heritage.
Spare Parts was written, animated and edited by Josh Burl. It was a commission from The Projectors, a theatre company for young people with autism. The animation screens inside a cinema in which the main action of The Projector's own film takes place.
FilmAble made Set In Stone for Hexham Abbey so visitors could learn about the building's history before visiting. They went to planning meetings with the Abbey, scripted, shot and edited, supported by HFP. The film was premiered in the Abbey to over two hundred people.
FilmAble/HFP collaborated with The Sill National landscape Centre, and Headway Arts (Blyth) exploring how geology affects folk tales, and their connection to the landscape. Originally intended to produce a touring show of projections film and live theatre, of necessity because of the pandemic we produced a series of films (Heritage Fund):