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Budding movie-makers learn the art and craft of film production in York
From left, tutor Jimmy Richards, Holly Lanforth, 13, Ewan Croft, 11, Fiona Popplewell,11, tutor Gill Marshall, Freya Popplewell, tutor Christopher David and, front, Elliot Jackson, 12
FIVE budding young movie-makers have spent some of their half-term holiday learning the art and craft of film production in York.
The youngsters, aged between nine and 13, ended up writing and shooting their own short film on location in the city centre’s streets and snickleways.
The film-making workshop was based at the City Screen cinema, and the finished film will be premiered there later.
The project was organised as part of the first National Youth Film Festival, which is supported by Film Nation UK through funding from Cinema First.
“It was an intensive two days,” said course film tutor Christopher David. “We were all impressed by the dedication and concentration of the ‘crew’ – their ability to come up with great ideas, and then develop them, overcome obstacles and make a film.”
Fellow course tutor Jimmy Richards said it built on the success of the Shine courses, sponsored by City of York Council, and emphasised the opportunities available for film-making in York.
He said: “York is a great place to shoot a film, and provides a host of opportunities for both production companies and the people of York.”
He said the theme for the project, with the title Round My Corner, allowed the young people to tell stories that meant something to them and show how they saw the world.
“The script was devised and developed by the students themselves, who then went out into the streets and snickleways, exploiting the intricate maze and corners of alleyways that thread through the city centre, to tell a different tale about the City of York.”
One of the film-makers, Freya Popplewell, nine, said: “I enjoyed doing the film and I especially enjoyed doing the clapperboard.”
Holly Lanforth, 13, who came up with the original idea, said: “It’s really strong, and a bit scary.
“I really enjoyed working on the script, devising camera angles and making the film more gripping.”
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