The Elstree Film Festival returns
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Elstree Studios, Dreamcatcher Film Camps and Elstree Screen Arts Academy ran the fourth annual Elstree Film Festival (EFF) in the October half term.
After a break in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elstree Studios were thrilled to be relaunching the EFF. The Festival is a free event, sponsored by Elstree Studios, which aims to introduce local school students between the ages of 9 and 14 to the world of film-making, working with industry professionals at the specialist academy, ESA in Borehamwood. Students had the opportunity to make their own short films from scratch, having a go at script-writing, producing, directing and acting.
The week commenced with a masterclass in screenwriting, character development and plot outline before students split into their age appropriate film-making crews in order to begin writing their scripts and planning their mini-productions. ESA allowed pupils the run of its state-of-the-art building which provided the perfect backdrop for the setting of the films.
The week produced 4 fantastic short films: ‘Hide and Seek’, ‘Jingle Bells Die’, ‘The Vanish’ and ‘Murder Backstage’.
Watch the fantastic films that were made here:
Hide and Seek
Jingle Bells… Die
Behind the scenes:
Elstree Film Festival 2019
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Elstree Film Studios ran the Elstree Film Festival for the third year exclusively for local schools. Working collaboratively with Elstree University Technical College (UTC), the project offered resources, expertise and guidance from DRCM Ltd. The students made the films from scratch including scripting, producing, directing and acting.
We kicked off the week with a masterclass in script writing, character development and plot outline before the children split into their age appropriate film making teams in order to begin writing their scripts. Elstree UTC allowed pupils the run of its state-of-the-art building which provided a beautiful backdrop for the setting of all the films.
Students made five amazing films which you can see below with an added special sneak peak ‘behind the scenes’ video. The films are; ‘Frenemies’, ‘Gone’, ‘Murder by Midnight’, ‘The Missing Child’ and ‘Unsupervised.’