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North Walsham High School students have had their film 'Transition Day' nominated for a national award. Left to right, Alfie Pigram 12, Meredith Bonham 11, Alice Portway 11, Charlie Farrow 11, Nathan Stephens 12 and Callum Franklin 11. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Young film-makers from north Norfolk will be following in the footsteps of major movie stars when they head for the Odeon in London’s Leicester Square this month to see if they have won a prize in a national competition.
A film made by 11 North Walsham High School pupils is among four from all over the country which have been nominated in the First Light In The Classroom (Flic) category of the 2013 First Light Awards.
Entries have been judged by a panel of actors and presenters, many of whom are household names, including Martin Freeman, Sir Alan Parker, Ralf Little and Dawn Porter.
The North Walsham team, aged 11 and 12, created their film last July while they were attending a summer school at the high school for children moving up from primary school.
Called Transition Day, the four-minute film deals with common anxieties felt by youngsters facing the big move including bullying, school food, getting lost and homework.
Made with the support of professionals C Media, based in Norwich, it also features two members of staff: pastoral assistant Becky Gardiner, who plays a mother, and teacher Nic Bishop as Mr Strict, the head teacher.
Kathryn Cooper, summer school administrator, said the children had contributed ideas to the plot and had either acted or taken film crew roles during the production.
The film ends happily when the worried group decide to support each other by forming the Super Awesomeness Gang.
One of the judges, James Kent, director of Marchlands and soon-to-be broadcast The White Queen, said of their film: “This was very engaging and no doubt touched anxieties the filmmakers themselves felt.
“I thought the unsympathetic headmaster was a nice twist - confirming all their worst nightmares! And the message seemed to be that if you want to fix something you have to do it yourself. Good grading - and visual effects and lots of energy.”
The ceremony, on March 19, will be hosted by CBBC’s Iain Stirling and Hacker T. Dog and the children will enjoy a party afterwards at the Planet Hollywood restaurant.
First Light works with young people from a variety of backgrounds, developing skills in media production.