Big screen debut for young filmmakers

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Budding filmmakers from a Scarborough school saw their own production on the big screen at an Oscars-style event.

The youngsters from Newby and Scalby Primary School, along with their counterparts from Norton Primary School and West Cliff Primary in Whitby, attended the red carpet screening at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The pupils were all selected earlier this year to take part in “See It Make It”, in which Into Film - a charity supported by the British Film Institute through Lottery Funds – arranges for professional filmmakers to work with schools to help them develop a filmmaking programme.

Each school received a series of lessons about film production then made their own short films across six sessions led by the filmmaker.

Completed films ranged from The Box, about a mysterious package, and The Chase, in which a strange creature lurks within the school, to The Journey, about the search for paradise in a prehistoric land.

Into Film’s “See It Make It” initiative has been welcomed by educators as an opportunity to engage children in an imaginative and technical process which brings their creativity alive through the process of filmmaking.

Lauren, a Year 6 student at Newby and Scalby Primary School, said: “We have had such an interesting journey through the process of creating a film.

“Thanks to this opportunity I’ve learnt how some of my favourite films are made. We’d like to thank Into Film and everyone involved for giving us this life-changing experience.”

Into Film is a charity which puts film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and personal development. Find out more about free clubs and resources at www.intofilm.org/schools-film-clubs