The Makers of Things

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You might remember that I mentioned SMEE a few times when I was jotting weeknotes. It debuted last week as The Makers of Things, a four-part film series by Anne Hollowday about the Society of Model and Experimental Engineers.

The response to Anne’s films since has been brilliant. Her interviews with Newspaper Club and Makezine were lovely, as was the write up on Core 77. Twitter’s been charming too.

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But the bit I was most chuffed with was the part where almost fifty people rocked up to SMEE’s headquarters and watched the films projected in the main room. In Norman‘s words, it was ‘the youngest audience assembled in this room by quite some way’. The SMEE members who helped facilitate were terrific, and extremely happy to guide scruffy friends and co-conspirators around the century-old HQ.

Of all the random ideas that have fed into the project (‘Take the camera up to Ally Pally’, ‘See if we can get Mike to show us around the workshop’, ‘Stick a few of the interviews in a newspaper’) it feels like ‘Premiere the films at SMEE’ is the one that best celebrated fourteen months of new friendships and hard work.

Nice one, Anne!

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