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The Eastern Blok works on Manchester film project with Tony Walsh

Tony Walsh

Video production company The Eastern Blok is working with the University of Manchester on a brand new short film project, featuring an inspiring new poem penned by Northern poet and writer Tony Walsh.

The project, filmed at the University of Manchester’s new £400m Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), is designed to “raise awareness of the engineering community at Manchester” and to put the city “on the map for engineering”.

“Manchester is such a pioneering city and hotbed of innovation and has been since the industrial revolution. The film is to continue on that message but also to bring to light all of the stories emerging here. Just from talking to some of the students here today, the stuff that they’re working on is incredible,” Emma Sutton, digital manager at the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, told Prolific North.

We had the opportunity to hear Tony Walsh recite his new poem, which shines a spotlight on Manchester’s rich engineering heritage and talented students, four of which are also taking part in the project.

“I knew that we needed to create a piece of really inspiring and moving writing by somebody who is incredibly creative but also really synonymous with Manchester. Tony is a huge part of Manchester’s heritage. His work across so many different projects talks about pioneering, the spirit of Manchester and the growth and boldness of the city. It just fitted with a message we really wanted to kind of communicate,” added Sutton.

Keen to be involved in the project, to find inspiration for the new poem Tony Walsh was given a tour of the building and spent time with the robotic society, the UAV lab where you’ll find drones being tested, and the 3D printing lab.

“Tony’s ability is just connected to what makes people tick and you can see it in the poem. He’s captured the spirit, the feeling, the inspiration, the drive but also the vision and the aspiration of where this community is trying to take engineering in the world,” she explained.

“The real purpose was to try and communicate to the world what engineering is and the nuances of it. It’s not just about machinery and cogs.”

The project also marks one year in business for Manchester-based video production company The Eastern Blok.

“After a fantastic start to the year with a client shoot in Kenya, I really didn’t think that there was going to be anything to top that in such a short time, but having the opportunity to shoot with Tony Walsh and The University of Manchester was a great way to mark our first year birthday at The Eastern Blok in style,” said Bodgan Niculescu, founder of The Eastern Blok.

“The entire project is a feast to the eyes and mind. Bringing engineering and Manchester’s heritage together under Tony’s powerful words, you really can’t beat that. We are really excited to start the edit on this film and bring it to life – it has so much Northern soul and we really want to do it justice in true Manchester style.”

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