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Action ... Paul Press (centre) with children taking part in film workshops at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury.
Action ... Paul Press (centre) with children taking part in film workshops at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury.
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A HOLIDAY film school teaching the directors and producers of the future has been hailed as a huge success.

The week-long scheme – at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury – offered children from eight to 18 years old the chance to learn about all aspects of film making, from script writing to camera operating.

Organised by Babergh District Council with the help of Offshoot Films, the initiative was attended by more than 20 youngsters.

Jill Barton, a community development officer for the council, said: “The children were shown everything they need to know to begin a career in film making.

“They were absolutely buzzing and it was great to see them all so involved.”

Mrs Barton said that one of the films followed a superhero storyline. It was made into DVDs for the students to take home and premiered at The Quay Theatre on Friday to an audience of family and friends.

Paul Press, a director and producer at Offshoot Films, said: “They all came up with their own ideas and learnt so much.

“It was very encouraging to see them all enjoying the process and the week provided many with valuable experience.”