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Wednesday 18 July 2007

Here Comes The Summer: The Kids Film School Looks To The Future

"Summer Kids' Film School', is set to really break conventions as students on the course will have access to brand new, broadcast spec, high definition filmmaking equipment and post-production facilities.
The Kids Film School - It Could Be You!

The Kids Film School is a pilot course, run by The Brighton Film School, and should the initiative be met with enthusiasm and a sufficient amount of applicants, then kids film courses could be run more frequently, or even as a permanent fixture.

The course will also expose the children to visiting industry professionals who will range from actors and make-up artists to set designers and model makers.

The Kids' Film School is the brain child of Ewan Gorman and Charlie Southall, two Brighton residents who independently run their own production companies.

Charlie Southall, creative director at Dragonfly Productions has previously worked on filmmaking initiatives with young people:

"We are very excited about this new course and that's why I'm giving up my time.

"There is something about young creative minds; they continue to surprise us all. I used to run filmmaking workshops with young offenders which were very rewarding.

"Some of the concepts the individuals put forward were truly inspirational. I know for certain that for some of the young people who attended these workshops, it changed the course of their lives.

"Okay, they didn't enter careers making films, but the workshops exposed them to a different way of thinking.

"The process seemed to settle their characters, bring out enthusiasm for their own abilities and steer them back towards better things.

"It also allowed them to reflect on their own lives, as some of the participants made very honest autobiographical short documentaries."

The kids' film school aims to look very closely at using modern technology and the internet to produce and distribute short films.

Lisette Lawrie is a production designer for the BBC who will be helping out at the Summer Film School.

She explains one of the things the film school is really trying to promote.

"Most people have the tools they need to make a short film already. Your mobile phone is your video recording device and all modern computers come preloaded with perfectly competent edit packages.

"If you are working on a PC, 'Windows Movie Maker' comes free with Windows, and for Mac users, "I Movie' of course.

"You can compress your finished film using these packages and then to achieve worldwide distribution, simply by uploading the finished film to a video sharing site such as YouTube.

One-hundred million clips are viewed daily on YouTube so it far exceeds what you could achieve with a traditional local screening."

The Kids' Film School are currently looking into funding to allow them to subsidise the course fees for future courses. This would enable the film school to be affordable and accessible to everyone.

Ewan Gorman, a lecturer at the Brighton Film School and director of Black Rock Films thinks that the course should be available to all children:

"It involves creativity, teamwork and problem solving - developing children's organisational and team working skills.

"It also fills in some of the gaps which schools are not able to fill with modern "hands on' practical and creative activities. It's going to be a lot of fun.

"We are going to pull away all of the usual restrictions which kids' are faced with due to trust issues or funding restrictions, the only limitations here is going to be your own creative boundaries.

"We will enter all of the finished films into a kids film festival on students behalf, hoping to achieve wide exposure for the school and to boost the British film industry - after all, these are the potential directors of the future!"

The first Kids Summer Film School takes place over a week from 06 August to 10 August.

If you would like to enroll a child onto the course, offer a service or simply obtain further information, the film school can be contacted at or by calling 01273 573857.

by: Mike Cobley


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