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Film students and schools join forces to help challenge stereotypes

Film students from Roehampton have been supporting three groups of secondary school pupils to make films on the there of Through the Looking Glass, as part of this years Wimbledon BookFest young film-makers programme.

Posted: 17 July 2015

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University students and school pupils recording their film on campus.

The eight strong cast and crew from Ursuline, who are all year 12 pupils, spent a morning making their film at the University on Thursday 16 July. On a previous visit they learnt from senior lecturer William Brown about the theory of film making, and from production company Chocolate Films about how to use cameras and other technical equipment. During Thursday’s visit they worked with degree students to act out roles and create the film, after touring the 54-acre campus to scout locations for scenes.

As well as Ursuline, pupils from St Mark’s Academy and Rutlish School also took part in the filming project. The University is the lead education partner of the BookFest and has supported the Young Film-Makers Programme for several years by providing expert advice from academics and bringing in students from the Department of Media, Culture and Language to support the school pupils' work.

All three teams were set the challenge of making a film on the theme of Through the Looking Glass by the BookFest’s organisers. Ursuline’s film was titled Shattered Sight and was based on changing and challenging stereotypes of different types of people.

The film featured a pupil acting the role of a thug, who was actually an undercover police officer, as well as a homeless man, a businesswoman and a biker, who all had unexpected lives.

The team’s director, pupil Laura Holliday, said: “We’ve found out how much work goes into making even a short film and it’s really made us appreciate the time it takes, and how much goes into making a feature film. It’s been a great experience.”

All three schools’ films will be shown to audiences during Wimbledon BookFest in October, they will also be available to watch online closer to the time.

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