Jun 23 2010 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge
THE glitz and glamour of the red carpet came to Coatbridge as North Lanarkshire film school LensHeads held a premiere screening.
The group’s latest films were showcased at Summerlee Heritage Park to an audience of more than 200 people.
The films, including three live action productions and one animation, involved pupils from across Monklands.
Last year LensHeads made headlines when their short film Backfire picked up a host of awards including Best Scottish Film, Best British Screenplay and a nomination for Best International Youth Film.
Pupils from St Andrew’s High, Airdrie Academy and St Ambrose High were involved in the making of the film and are determined to build on its success with the latest batch of movies.
St Andrew’s High School pupil Kieran O’Hagan said: “I enjoyed the LensHeads course and having the chance to work in a team with like-minded individuals.
“The course also gave me a preview of what it’s like to work within the film industry and I feel it has benefited me for my future experiences at college and university.”
All LensHeads films are scripted, acted, shot and edited by local pupils.
The group’s reputation has attracted funding from the First Light organisation to make their films for the last two years.
Willie Davidson, the Head of the Learning Centre, who run the course, said: “When people like Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Alan Parker start to comment on the film talent being cultivated in North Lanarkshire you know that we are becoming a force in British film making.”
The Learning Centre are looking to recruit a new group of LensHeads to make films in 2010/11.
No experience is necessary and the school is free and open to those aged from 15 to 18 living in North Lanarkshire.
LensHeads members don’t just have fun, they also gain a formal SQA qualification in Video Production to help those who are targeting a career in film and TV to gain much-needed experience.
For the application form and further information visit the website lensheads.thelearningcentre.org
You can also see all of the LensHeads films online at lensheads.thelearningcentre.org
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