Gifted pupils make the cut

Pupils from 15 Camden primary schools have made their film making debut as part of a special film project designed for gifted and talented children.

The young people scripted, shot and edited their own short films centred around the theme of Journeys.

The aim of the project, which was run by Camden Council’s gifted and talented programme in conjunction with Bloom Productions, was to give some of the borough’s brightest pupils the chance to stretch their minds and skills by working on something outside of the classroom that they may not otherwise have had the chance to do.

The children, from years five and six, took part in a series of workshops at Parliament Hill and Haverstock Schools in which they devised and wrote their films. They then worked with the television, film and theatre director Michael Buffong to shoot their films over three days, taking responsibility for all aspects of the shoot.

Students from the two Camden secondary schools were also enlisted to act as mentors for the younger pupils during the project.

Councillor Janet Grauberg, Camden Council’s Executive Member for Children and Young People, said:

"Getting the chance to work on a creative project outside the classroom and with the expertise of professionals to guide you is a fantastic chance for our children. By stretching their minds and giving them opportunities to think in new and imaginative ways we can help them achieve their full potential and explore exciting new paths that may lead to careers for the future."

The films were screened to family and friends at the Tricycle Cinema in Kilburn where a packed audience were delighted to see the finished products.

Each of the children taking part received a DVD of their film and a certificate for taking part in the project.

Khowla Yusuf, of Edith Neville School, said:

"I really enjoyed this project as I got to try things I’ve never done before. We got to decide on our own stories and use the equipment like cameras and microphones which was fun. I am also really proud to have a copy of our film on DVD and will definitely show it to all my friends and family."

Bloom Productions are a team of arts practitioners and educators who help to give open access to high quality arts provision within the education sector.

The project co-ordinator was Sian Morrison, former head of the performing arts faculty at a north London comprehensive school.

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