Three Year 11 Moving Image Arts pupils from Ashfield Girls’ High School in East Belfast were recently given the opportunity to produce a short film as part of a new project in conjunction with Cinemagic, Hagan Homes and Arts & Business Northern Ireland.
Naomi McClurg, Amy Doak and Shannon Gregson worked with the Cinemagic team on all stages of the production from script to directing and sound/lighting and editing as well as Naomi and Shannon having starring acting roles. The theme of the film was ‘Home’ and filming took place at one of the Hagan Homes showhouses in Belfast.
Head of Media and Moving Image, Ms Tracy Rossborough said,
“This is a fantastic one-off opportunity for our students to gain real life experience of filmmaking under the guidance of professional filmmakers. The students developed new skills in film-making but also improved key skills in communication, team work, working to a deadline and working within budgets. This experience also contributed to their personal development and employability skills as well as equipping them with practical skills which will help them when completing their GCSE coursework. It was also fantastic to see former Ashfield Girls’ pupil Krizzah Policarpio leading some of the training and sharing her expertise. I look forward to seeing their movie, ‘Pancakes and Pyjamas’ in the near future.”
Cinemagic and Hagan Homes have been working in partnership over the past 12 months and this is the next phase of the collaboration which also will unite the world of the creative industries with the business world.