Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Starring Roles in Junior Oscars

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Starring Roles in Junior Oscars

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Byline: By Louise Redvers

Young film-makers on Tyneside have had their work shortlisted for an Oscar-style award.

Movies created by Focus First in Benton and the Kids Kabin in Walker have been nominated for a First Light Award.

In both cases the young people came up with a story idea, wrote a script, acted the roles on film and then edited their efforts.

Focus First director Michelle Fox said: "We spent about 10 weeks training the young people to use the equipment and really understand how films are made and how editing works.

"Then we spent about two weeks putting the film together, with the filming itself taking just over three days.

"The young people grew so much in confidence during the project."

Catalyst, which stars teenagers aged 13 to 18 from Live Theatre's Livelines youth group from the east end of Newcastle, was shot at locations around the city, including Benton Metro.

The five-minute piece, which has been nominated for best screenplay, tells the story of a girl and a boy who arrange to meet for a date via the internet, but things don't go to plan. …

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