Big Screen Debut For Budding Castlederg Filmmakers

Big Screen Debut For Budding Castlederg Filmmakers

A series of short films written and directed by young people from Castlederg has had a special screening in front of a packed audience in Churchtown Community Centre.

The films were created by 11 young people aged between 14 and 24, as part of a free accredited training programme funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council, in partnership with the Nerve Centre.

In just three days, the films were created with the help of award-winning filmmaker John Deery and explored issues directly relevant to the young people, such as relationships, fear, anxiety and bullying, in inventive and original ways.

Over the short period the budding filmmakers generated ideas, developed storyboards and a script, filmed with DSLR cameras, acted and used iMovie software to edit. Each participant received an OCN Level 2 certificate in Digital Video Production and hands-on experience and training in a range of filmmaking roles, from acting, directing, sound to camera operators and editors.

Speaking about the project, one of the participants said: 'When we were taking part in a video course, I thought it was going to be like any other boring course. I was very wrong; John made everything fun and made the atmosphere light!

'It was something different that I would definitely do again; it was so much fun and I would recommend it for any film making enthusiasts. With our video we got to target bullying and the horrible side effects it can have on people, whilst adding our own fictional twist on the story as well as the added bonus of gaining a recognised (OCN Level 2) qualification. Simply...I loved it!'

The project was made possible thanks to a substantial investment from Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure that created a Cultural Hub in Churchtown Community Centre in 2015. The grant, in partnership with the Nerve Centre, was used to purchase equipment such as iMac computers, iPads and software used in the production of the film.

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín offered her support to the project. She said: 'I am delighted to see the Cultural Hub in Churchtown delivering positive outcomes for local young people and getting them engaged in the creative arts. Filmmaking combines creativity and technology and is also an excellent skill to have in the modern economy.

'These young people have achieved accreditation in this area that will stand them in good stead in the future. I congratulate them on this achievement and commend the Nerve Centre for delivering such a worthwhile programme. Well done to all!'

The investment is part of DCAL’s City of Culture legacy commitment, which provided more than £6 million for legacy projects across the North West between January 2014 and March 2015. Managed by the Nerve Centre, the digital investment programme is benefitting an additional 15 community venues including Lisnafin Community Centre and Strabane Ethnic Community Centre.  

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