School's out for Elstree Studios

Wed 3rd May 2017

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Elstree Film Studios and Elstree University Technical College are supporting Hertsmere schools with resources, film experts and mentors to help create their films.

Before Easter, Elstree Film Studios and the Elstree University Technical College conducted a Script to Screen Workshop with 15 schools as part of the Elstree Studios Film Festival for Schools initiative.

Students worked in groups to come up with a ‘Pitch’ which they presented to the class. Mentors from the Elstree UTC then asked the students which Pitch they remembered and enjoyed the most and the Pitch with the most votes won. From the winning pitch classes have now written their Scripts, drawn their Storyboards and are ready for the Elstree UTC mentors to help with the filming.

The short films will be filmed on iPads and edited in iMovie. Students will get the chance to go to the Elstree UTC to have an edit masterclass. Afterwards they will watch their films in the Puttnam Suite, the state of the art cinema located in the college.

A total of 15 schools in Hertsmere are participating in the Elstree Film Festival including Wroxham Primary School, Queens’ School, Parkside Community School, Monksmead School, Summerswood Primary, Little Redding’s School, St Giles, St Teresa’s Catholic School, Yavneh College, Bushey Meads School, Hertsmere Jewish School, Ladbrooke School, Saffron Green School, Kenilworth School and Dame Alice Owen.

Roger Morris, Managing Director of Elstree Studios and one of the founders and Chairman of the EUTC, said, “As we celebrate Elstree Studios’ 90th year, it is important for the film industry to engage young students in filmmaking to inspire them to become the filmmakers of tomorrow. By collaborating with teaching staff and students at the Elstree University Technical College, it means young students have the opportunity to be mentored by both professional members of the film industry and the Elstree University Technical College Film and TV students.”

The project is also supported by the University of Hertfordshire and the Royal Opera House Bridge. The Elstree University Technical College is the first UTC in the UK to specialize in Film, Television and Theatre with students from 14 to 19 years of age.

Roger Morris continued, “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response, and we hope this Film Festival will become an annual event and a model for other regions in the UK who wish to inspire young people to work in the Creative Industries.”

Anne Lean, co-founder of Minds Ignited – the education experts advising on the film festival - , said “It has been wonderful to see the Elstree Film Festival come to life: for the students, for their teachers and for our client, Elstree Studios. Creating bespoke education programmes that meet the wants and needs of teachers and students, as well as hitting our clients’ objectives, is what we do, so it’s fantastic to see the children and teachers taking part.”

Chris Mitchell, Principal at Elstree UTC, commented: “Elstree University Technical College has extensive and state-of-the-art equipment and resources which we are opening up to participating schools. Our teachers and students are delighted to be working closely with the word-famous Elstree Studios and very excited to be supporting schools in our local area.”

Clare Deacon, Projects & Partnerships Manager at the Elstree UTC said, “Both the teachers and EUTC student mentors have thoroughly enjoyed working with local schools and being a part of the community helping to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. We are looking forward to supporting the schools during the production stage of 'Lights, Camera, Action' where we will be helping to make the storyboards and scripts become a reality!”

Dave Presky, Year 5 teacher at Little Reddings Primary School said, “Our students have had a great over view of the film making process, pitched and story boarded their ideas, then written their scripts which led to the film making process supported by the expertise of the UTC students. It's a rare privilege to have such expertise visit our school and work with our children, so they can fully understand the full range skills that go into the film and television making process.”