Press Releases 2016

Budding young film-makers visit UWTSD


A group of Year 6 pupils from St Thomas Community Primary School recently visited the University of Wales Trinity Saint (UWTSD) to take part in film workshops and to tour of the University’s Digital Film & Television Department. 

The visit was a result of a film project that ran with the school pupils in November and December of 2015. Over 8 weeks, UWTSD graduates worked with the school to write and make a short film. The film, based on one of the books they had been studying called Skellig,  allowed the young people to create characters, write scripts, perform and get involved behind the scenes with the make-up, sound and filming. The project culminated in a red carpet film premiere to the young people and their families.

The campus visit included a workshop on film techniques such as using a green-screen. The school pupils were also able to meet current students and ask questions about life at University.

Mr Carl Farrant, Year 6 teacher, noted how attendance had been excellent since the start of the project. He said: “I would like to thank UWTSD for allowing us the opportunity to work collaboratively on this exciting film project. The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the acting sessions and working with inspirational individuals.

“The sessions have all been completed in a professional and child friendly manner which have assisted in extending the children's understanding of the text. The pupils have learnt far more than I believe that I could have taught them, with regards to film making and the various roles involved. It was fantastic that there was a role for all pupils, regardless of their confidence in front of the camera. Completing the sessions by focussing on our class novel Skellig has also benefited the pupils' written work in class as they have been submerged in the text and have been allowed the opportunities to connect to the characters.”

Andrew Burns, Assistant Headmaster was surprised and delighted to see how all the students took part in the project and appeared on camera. He said: “It was a pleasure to have been involved with the project and we would love to work in partnership with UWTSD in the future.”

Comments from the school pupils included: "I don't feel that people listen to me in class but now (as Director) I feel like I can speak and people will listen."
"I learned that there's more to making a movie than just filming."
"My favourite part was watching other people act. I found that I love acting and I really want to be an actor when I grow up."

The BA (Hons) Digital Film & Television Production programme embraces the demands of the contemporary film and TV industries, looking forwards to future developments yet steeped in traditional filmmaking techniques. Building on close industry connections, the course aims for students to develop the technical, creative and professional skills necessary to forge careers in film and television. 

The course has excellent facilities and equipment for digital film & television production and post-production. A fully equipped TV studio, with a production control room and green screen facility, gives students the opportunity to shoot anything from news and documentary interviews to drama, music video and special effects. For location production, students can use a wide range of HD, HD DSLR, XD-CAM and 4K camera kits, including Canon and RED cameras, with prime lens kits, along with Kino, Arri and Dedo lighting kits and sound recording equipment. Professional camera sliders, shoulder rigs, track & dolly and Steadicam systems can also be used to create fluid camera movements.

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