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3rd Jul, 2022

Stratford College media students take on 48-hour challenge

BUDDING movie producers were set a tight deadline by Stratford-based filmmaker Ben Atkinson.

Creative media production students at Stratford College were presented with a 48-hour challenge to write, plan, film and edit a complete film.

Ben offered advice on the structure of the script and the production process, and helped the students generate practical and achievable narrative ideas.

The team were given guidelines to choose a character, a prop and a line of dialogue which gave way to the resulting film ‘Last Clown- about the last clown on Earth being interviewed on a radio talk show.

The project tested the students’ ability to work as a team and challenged them to apply techniques they had learned including script-writing, filming and editing.

Ben said: “It’s great to nurture the students’ passion for film and help to create the country’s next Stanley Kubrick or Christopher Nolan.

“The group worked really well as a team to produce the final film. Their approach to shot composition and attention to detail for costume and set design were particularly impressive.”

The film – completed on time – was recently screened on campus and will be entered in national film festivals including the Birmingham Film Festival and the IntoFilm Festival.

Ben added: “The industry is more accessible now than ever. Everyone’s got a camera and anyone can create content and post it on YouTube. Getting into film now is a lot easier than when I was younger. You just need a determination and drive to do it.”

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