Great Yarmouth film students get hand behind the camera from director
A tutor at Great Yarmouth College is helping students reach for Norfolk's big skies following an investment in over £60k in new media film and computer equipment.
Tutor Guy Myhill is also a rising film maker and director and the launch of his first-time feature, The Goob, has already taken him across the globe, yet his feet were firmly on the ground at the college this week where he was keen to emphasise the importance of developing young talent.
And he is determined to help raise the aspirations of students living in an area that is often accused of neglecting to shout about its people as much as its landscape.
Guy's father was an audio visual advisor, so as a boy he spent many hours playing with equipment he would find around the house.
He recalled: 'Setting fire to the Action Man and filming him with my Super 8 flying down the clothes line was probably my first action movie! I was always playing around and experimenting with old bits of kit.'
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Guy has worked for the BBC and Channel 4. He met Phil Bury, course leader in media at Yarmouth College who invited him to teach on the media programmes.
Guy said: 'What's great for me is I can come in and work on a module and fit it around my filming schedule. It's important to teach and give back.'
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His latest achievement has already secured his first award from the prestigious Dinard Film Festival in France.
The college has recently invested over £60k in new media film and computer equipment and boasts about its HDTV studio, regularly exploring new ground with student trips to Europe, Los Angeles and hopefully next year Japan.
Guy is already planning his next social reality feature film, based again in Norfolk but reflecting life now, rather than the usual 'horse and bonnet stuff' that tends to visit the area.
Guy added: 'What struck me when casting the lead for The Goob was how many youngsters there are in the area with nothing to do, aimless. I made sure I cast local people to reflect the local stories I was portraying and used former students on the crew where possible.
One of the crew recruited from the area and a former media foundation degree student was also a migrant worker from Hungary. Amazingly while on set she met an old friend from her school where she grew up, and is now exploring her career in LA!