Black-County Youngsters Gain Skills In Film Project

Central Youth theatre logoYoung people in the Black Country are being given a master-class in film making, thanks to Central Youth Theatre’s latest project ‘Travels With Morris’.

The project, which is seeing young people from the region write, film and edit six comedy short films, is now coming to the end of its second phase.

This weekend, a team of youth theatre members, along with professional mentors are heading out on location to the villages of Badger and Claverley to re-create the world of the 1960s.

This weekend’s footage will be used to create a 90-second comedy film, one of a set of six charting the life of a classic Morris Minor Traveller and its lovable owner, Morris.

In this episode, Morris is learning to drive and attempting to master the controls of the erratic classic car. The star of the film will be joined by several other classic 1960 motor cars and 1960’s scooters, generously offered by local enthusiasts.

The project has been made possible by funding from First Light, the educational arm of the British Film Institute. First Light works with young people from a variety of backgrounds, developing skills in media production. The funding has enabled the members of the youth theatre to work with established professionals including film-maker Mark Pressdee (Macoy Media) and comedian Tom Parry (Pappy’s Sketch Comedy).

With a large proportion of the filming already completed, and editing well underway, the young participants have been able to reflect on their experiences so far.

Gabriela Ash (19), director of ‘Learning to Drive’, says, “The whole experience has been fantastic for me. Working in a team has definitely been fun, and being chosen as a director has really help develop my leadership and problem solving skills. After this project, I’m actually considering working in the film industry!”

Henry Obi (15), director of ‘First Love’, says, “The shoot was the most intense and stressful thing I have ever done but also the most satisfying in knowing after 7 hours of hard work something is achieved”

The films are being premiered at Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton on Sunday 11th March at 6.30pm. The screening is free but tickets need to be booked in advance. Contact Jane Ward on: 01902 572091 or: jane@centralyouththeatre.org.

More information can be found at: www.facebook.com/travelswithmorris.

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