Filmmakers get tips from pros

Reece Ritchie and Storybored students at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Picture: July14 - Pay It

Reece Ritchie and Storybored students at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Picture: July14 - Pay It Forward CIC - Credit: Archant

Aspiring filmmakers received top tips from leading television and film industry professionals as part of a youth project to make a series of short films about the area where they live.

The youngsters from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth took part in workshops on cinematography, sound, acting and producing as part of a new project entitled Storybored?, run by July14: Pay It Forward CIC and funded via the National Lottery Awards for All scheme.

The aim is to use their skills to help make six short films about set in the east coast, which they will begin to shoot in the next couple of weeks.

Lowestoft actor Reece Ritchie - star of Lovely Bones, Hercules and Desert Dance - assisted with tips on acting for camera and their forthcoming casting process for their films.

Mr Ritchie said: 'I was impressed at how enthusiastic the students were and the level of local hunger there is for an opportunity like this'.

After each workshop, question and answer sessions were held.

Lucy Miles, from Lowestoft, said: 'I felt comfortable with the mentors and the answers they gave reassured me on the possibility of success'.

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Cinematographer Richard Hart examined each short film script with the group members and said: 'What they've created so far feels much stronger than they should, given they are only three weeks into development.

'The students' energy, positivity and willingness to collaborate with each other was inspiring and I very much look forward to seeing the finished films.'

Visual effects artist and producer Ernesto Herrmann and sound designer Vincent Leleu also joined the youngsters for the event.

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