7 July 2014

Students from three Stevenage secondary schools are taking part in an exciting new film heritage project with the University of Hertfordshire.

New initiative

'Made in Hertfordshire' is a new initiative created by UHArts in partnership with the School of Creative Arts, and funded by the Royal Opera House Bridge organisation. The project will celebrate the county's rich history of film-making by enabling young people to create their own short film in response to a feature film made on location in Hertfordshire.

Over four days students from Barnwell School, The Barclay School and Thomas Alleyne Academy in Stevenage will attend an intensive programme of film-making workshops, and gain an insight into working in the film-industry.

Developing wide-ranging skills

Tricia Bryan, Project Co-ordinator in the School of Creative Arts said: "Students will develop a wide-range of film-making skills, from acting to camera, location shooting and script writing to creating props and post-production. And will be taught and mentored by our talented staff and graduates, who each bring their own experience of working within the film industry."

Knebworth House is the focus of the first 'Made in Hertfordshire' project, one of England's most beloved stately homes; with a long history as a location for film and television productions.  Students will spend a day at the House, taking part in an education tour and discovering more about some of the many films created there, including The Kings Speech and The Great Muppet Caper.

And Tim Burton's 80s classic Batman will be used as inspiration for the student's short-film - Knebworth House features as Bruce Wayne's manor in the film.  Each of the schools will create a new trailer for the film, choosing a different film style to give a new take on the superhero genre.

National qualification

The project will also enable students to complete a Bronze Arts Award qualification. Leoni Kibbey, Director of the St Albans Film Festival and Arts Award Advisor said: "Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification and a fantastic way for young people to develop, record and share new skills.  Successful achievement will also support their journey into further and higher education or employment."

At the end of the project each school will screen their completed films at the Broadway Cinema in Letchworth, and take part in an Oscar-style awards ceremony.