Elstree Studios launches film festival for Hertsmere schools

PUBLISHED: 14:35 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 13 January 2017

Elstree Studios at 90

Elstree Studios at 90


Budding Steven Spielbergs from Potters Bar schools can take part in the first Elstree Film Festival, which was launched at the world-famous studios yesterday (Thursday).

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Elstree Film Studios and the nearby Elstree University Technical College (UTC) will support schools from the borough with resources and expertise throughout the exciting educational project running between now and the summer.

The film festival enterprise launched with a VIP reception at the Hertsmere Borough Council-owned studios, attended by headteachers and local dignitaries.

It will reach its climax with a glitzy showcase and film screening for participating schools at the TV and movie studios in July.

The first film festival exclusively for local schools forms part of the studios’ ongoing 90th anniversary celebrations.

Speaking at the launch, Roger Morris, managing director of the studios, said: “Elstree Studios has and always will be an integral part of the community.

“The economic benefits reach much further than the people that just work inside the studios.

About Elstree Studios

• Elstree Studios is regarded as the number one film and television studio in London and the East of England.

• Major television shows produced at the Hertsmere Borough Council owned studios include Big Brother for Channel 5 and Strictly Come Dancing for BBC.

• Feature films shot at Elstree in Borehamwood include as The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, Paddington starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starring Jude Law and Robert Downey Jnr, The World’s End featuring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, World War Z starring Brad Pitt, and the multi-award-winning The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

• Internationally famous acts such as Robbie Williams, Kylie, Rihanna, Coldplay, Take That and One Direction have used the huge George Lucas Stage for tour rehearsals.

• For more information, visit www.elstreestudios.co.uk

“For 90 years, Hertsmere residents have stories linking to the studios, and we want to celebrate that by using our expertise in producing world-renowned films to inspire the filmmakers of the future.”

Working collaboratively with Elstree UTC, the project will offer resources, expertise and guidance from the world of filmmaking to participating Hertsmere schools, including ones from Potters Bar.

Schools taking part will have a masterclass from a filmmaking professional, while Elstree UTC will allow pupils to use its state-of-the-art equipment, with tutorials, support and mentors to guide pupils to create high quality films.

Chris Mitchell, principal at Elstree UTC, said: “Elstree UTC has extensive and state-of-the-art equipment and resources, which we are opening up to participating schools.

“Our teachers and students are delighted to be working closely with the word-famous Elstree Studios and very excited to be supporting schools in our local area.”

Founded in 1914 as Neptune Studios, Elstree has been ingrained in British filmmaking culture since 1926, producing world-famous film and television productions, including the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, Paddington, The King’s Speech as well as Strictly Come Dancing, The Crown and Big Brother.

Linking with the National Curriculum, the film festival will celebrate the heritage and filmmaking of Elstree Studios, and how it has impacted the lives and livelihood of the residents of Hertsmere.

Pupils can execute this theme in a genre of their choice. It could be an animation, a documentary or a romantic drama.

Whatever the format, film experts and mentors will be on-hand to guide them through the filmmaking process.

The festival is for Years 5 and 8 in schools located in Hertsmere, Hertfordshire.

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