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Sunday 25 November 2012

Brighton Film School Sign Up Quadrophenia & Eastenders Star To Teach 'The Tools Of The Trade'

It's one of the hardest industries to get a foothold in, and luckily for our city's creative residents, they have a premier training institution for filmmakers right here on their doorstep.

Brighton Film School has joined forces with Carol Harrison, who in her career has played some of the nations most loved on-screen characters and written and produced many of her own screenplays.

She is perhaps best known for her role in Eastenders as the fiery and passionate Louise Redmond and she was a major part of the storyline that won the soap its first BAFTA.

Carol has also worked across some of the most popular TV shows in the UK, including London's Burning, The Bill and a Touch of Frost.

Her film credits include The Elephant Man, Quadrophenia and Human Traffic. She also holds an MA in Screenwriting and is currently co-producing a musical which she has written and will go on a UK-wide tour in 2014.

Carol has a history of teaching film related studies in the city. She also taught students at City College Brighton & Hove how to take an original screenwriting idea through to final draft .. 'the tools of the trade,' as she called it.



"It was a difficult decision to leave EastEnders and return to education and complete my M.A. in Screenwriting.

"But it was a lifelong ambition and I thought, 'it's now or never.'


“My reward is to be able to pass on my knowledge and over thirty years of experience in the creative world of theatre, film and television to my students."

At Brighton Film School Carol will be teaching How to Write a Screenplay; an introductory, 6-week evening course.

With a combination of insightful practical exercises, and illustration and analysis of classic films, Carol will guide her students through the process of how to write a screenplay; helping to find the story, create believable characters, write a sizzling synopisis and much more.

She’ll also be offering Acting for the Screen, which is designed to give grounding in the technical skills involved in acting for the screen and to help develop confidence in front of the camera.

At the course’s conclusion every student will take away their very own professionally edited, sound-mixed and colour-graded Hi-Definition show reel scene.

This industry quality DVD can be used to send out to agents, casting directors and directors.

In addition all Acting For Screen graduates will automatically become one of network of actors who will be cast in future Brighton Film School Productions.

For more information on these 6-week courses or to apply for our next start date in January 2013 please visit www.brightonfilmschool.co.uk or call 01273602070.


by: Mike Cobley


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