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PRESS RELEASE - 29 June 2011

Dorset kids lead the way as the new media savvy generation.

With video capability on their mobile phones, animation tricks on their Nintendo DS’s and the ability to share it all via social media, children today are more savvy with the moving image art form than generations before them. This can especially be seen in the huge, growing success of Filmsteps Poole, which has brought the tricks of the film and TV trade directly to Dorset’s youngsters through their holiday workshops, special events and Saturday Film School.

With its largest intake yet, Filmsteps Summer Film School on 25-29 July is set to be a complete sell out with only a few places remaining. The venue is Castle Court School, BH21, and children will have the opportunity to write, direct, operate cameras, and film their own short movie within 35 acres of grounds with a swimming pool and a manor house at their disposal. The week is then topped off with a red carpet screening at EMPIRE CINEMA, TOWER PARK in the autumn. For kids aged 7-16 it’s the place to be this summer!

Head teacher, and Ex-EastEnders director, Annie East said “We’ve seen 100% growth in interest in our workshops. Children are increasingly aware of the media and the power of the moving image. We give them the tools to go away and use what they have learnt through fun, engaging and confidence boosting workshops that encompass storyboarding, animation, camera work, directing, acting and loads more.” With Annie’s links to the industry many Dorset children have benefitted from meeting and work-shopping with industry professionals such as Pirates of the Caribbean stunt performers, Horrible Histories make-up artists, actor Shaun Williamson (Barry from Ricky Gervais’ Extras and EastEnders) and earlier this year an exclusive interview with Harry Potter stars Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Matthew Lewis, (Neville Longbottom), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and James and Oliver Phelps (Weasley Twins) which was uploaded to their dedicated online TV station FilmstepsTV.

So what does the future hold for this fast growing youth interest? According to Annie the world is their oyster. “The list is almost endless. We are never stuck for new things to do. Our Saturday film school gives kids the opportunity to experiment with all different genres from news reporting to games shows to pop videos. Our Spooky Movie workshop at Halloween is also great fun as the kids learn to create simple special effects, work with green screens and develop the art of suspense! All their work is then uploaded to FilmstepsTV which they can then share with friends and family.”

To find out more about their workshops phone 0844 579 1721 or www.filmsteps.com. 5 Day Summer Film School 25-29 July, BH21, Saturday Term Time Film School at Baden Powell and St Peters School, BH14, 10-12 and Half Term Spooky Movie Workshop 24-27 October BH14.

Annie East
Filmsteps Poole
Tel: 0844 579 1721


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