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CAPTURING the unique ‘spirit’ of Sheffield - and sharing it with the world - is the aim of a series of one-minute films made by a city resident, writes Ellen Beardmore.

Dominic Green has been commissioned to create the 24 clips about Sheffield as the only English city outside London to take part in the unusual project.

Lights, camer, action: Dominic Green focuses on Sheffield's distinctive vibe with scenes featuring Henderson's Relish and Little Mesters.                  Photographs: Steve Parkin.

Lights, camer, action: Dominic Green focuses on Sheffield's distinctive vibe with scenes featuring Henderson's Relish and Little Mesters. Photographs: Steve Parkin.

He’s already gone behind the scenes at Sheffield institution Henderson’s Relish and back in time to see Little Mester craftsmen make knives.

And each film aims to record the Steel City’s special vibe and atmosphere.

Dominic, of Crookes, said: “I would hope at the end of the project to have taken a real slice through the spirit of Sheffield.

“That spirit something I feel is a really distinctive and clear quality. I also hope to represent people that I have become very fond of.

“When I met the Little Mesters Trevor Ablett and Reg Cooper it was amazing. There is real craft, it was something of a different era.

“The secret recipe at Henderson’s was very closely protected but again it was like stepping back in time really and that’s the quality I wanted to make.” Each one-minute film represents an hour of life at charities, pubs, schools and other organisations but can take two days to make. Sheffield Football Club and the city’s new architecture are also to be featured in the series, commissioned by the University of Sheffield for Dutch project, City One Minutes.

From Brussels to Baghdad, the project makes a portrait of places within cities to capture their unique aspects in a variety of filming styles.

Dad Dominic, aged 40, also curates each clip.

He added: “I’m not doing a PR job of the city, I’m here to make a representation of the city.

“It is a privilege to do this in my home town.

“One of the things about Sheffield is you can just get into these fantastic conversations, it’s really good.

“That’s part of what I think about Sheffield, it is a city where you can feel quite connected to other people across the strata of society.”

The films must be finished by March and will be launched in April.

Visit cityoneminutes.org for more details on the project.

VIDEO: Press the play button to take a look at one of Dominic Green’s earlier short films...all two minutes of it - promoting Sheffield’s Cliffhanger event.