Students get top tips on film-making

School-age Spielbergs ... Great Cornard Upper School pupils get to grips with cameras and microphones as they learn the skills needed to make a four-minute news film.
School-age Spielbergs ... Great Cornard Upper School pupils get to grips with cameras and microphones as they learn the skills needed to make a four-minute news film.
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GREAT Cornard Upper School pupils learnt some new tricks on Friday as part of a film-making competition.

Ten students from Year 10 were taught about camera techniques, lighting and scenery by professional filmmakers Paul Press and Clare Ruffle, from Offshoot Films in Great Cornard, in the first of two workshops.

The group has been chosen as one of 13 schools to represent the UK in the Panasonic Kids Witness News international film-making competition, in which the group must make a four-minute news film on the subject of communication or ecology.

Whichever school wins will go forward to the Global Finals in London, which coincide with the Olympic Games.

Sue Crawte, head of media studies, said: “It is a fabulous opportunity. This was the first training workshop and the focus was on reporting skills, which is not something that we would necessarily teach them.

“They were also taught hand-held camera skills, so they learned lots of new things.”