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ACS students enjoy a snapshot of the film-making industry

Published Tuesday 11th of November 2014 04:11:18 PM

Over 60 ACS Hillingdon pupils, aged 14, recently spent a day in the life of a film director, producing a collection of short movies as part of a one-day Film School.

After an introductory course on film editing, students worked in teams to produce a 15 scene mini movie. They were set a strict brief to follow and had to base their film subject on a choice of five different themes covered in English language and literature lessons.

Filming and editing the films required students to merge knowledge they had acquired from Information Technology lessons, with the topics explored during the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme Language and Literature module. The day�s events were also a chance to hone and demonstrate multimedia and collaborative work skills.

Culminating in a grand showcase of all the finished films before an audience of High School students and staff, pupils were invited to vote for their favourite film with the winners being announced in an �Oscar Awards� style presentation. The winning movie, titled �Love in the Air�, explored sexuality in a modern context using a story of unrequited love and gay rights.

Laura Cestaro, student filmmaker, commented:

�To begin with, working in a group to make a short film was quite tough but it was worth it in the end. I was really surprised at how fantastic our finished film turned out to be and although we did not win the �Oscar�, I would love to do this again.�

Jane Waddington, English teacher at ACS Hillingdon, added:

�For many of the students this was their first time working with film and they showed incredible innovation. It was great to see the encouragement and support they gave one another during the final displays, and to see all their hard work pay off.�
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