Lights, cameras, action . . . students become movie-makers

Published: March 13, 2020

Media and music students at Telford College are joining forces to produce a series of short films.

The media students filmed and edited their footage during the first term of the year, and HND music students are now busy adding sound effects, and composing original scores.

The films are all due to be complete by easter, and will feature in a creative exhibition at the college later this year.

The students were given a theme of ‘Captured’ for their movie – and the projects range from horror thrillers, to documentaries around men’s mental health.

Corum Deakin-Segal is currently working on the soundtrack for a thriller which has been directed by Ieuan Cowdell, a former student of William Brookes School in Much Wenlock.

Ieuan, 17, said: “I looked up the meaning of captured and researched existing films before I shot my project.

Telford College | Corum Deakin-Segal is pictured recording in the foley booth at Telford College, re-creating footsteps through a forest that will feature in Ieuan Cowdell's thriller.

Telford College | Corum Deakin-Segal is pictured recording in the foley booth at Telford College, re-creating footsteps through a forest that will feature in Ieuan Cowdell’s thriller.

“Then the HND students were given the edited short film with no audio, and have had to create all the sound effects and music to accompany it. I’ve enjoyed working with them.”

He added: “I’m enjoying my course. I’ve been linked up with work experience with BBC Introducing Shropshire as a content creator, filming and editing bands performing, ready for posting on social media.

“I love it – this work experience has helped me build skills I’ll take to university and into my career.”

Ieuan said he was hoping to progress to the University of Liverpool to study a media degree.

Before enrolling on the Telford College music course he had been considering A levels, but decided to instead go down the BTEC route – and says he feels he definitely made the right decision.

“I sincerely enjoy college,” he said. “It’s a good atmosphere and I’ve made great friends. My tutor is always happy to help, and I enjoy all my lessons.”

Andy Turner, learner manager for creative and music at Telford College, said: “This has been a fantastic collaboration.

“As soon as all the footage was shot and edited, the music students took the films and have been working on the sound design and scores, with guidance from the student directors.”

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