Media centre hosts workshop to help young people Reflect
Last updated at 10:02, Monday, 23 July 2012
MORE than 60 young people from schools across the North-East gathered at Prudhoe’s Fuse Media Centre to hone their skills in news photography, documentary making, animation and film editing.
The state-of-the-art venue at the town’s high school was used by the Port of Tyne for a series of workshops aimed at encouraging entries for its Reflect photo and film competition, which has been running for six years.
The competition, which is based around capturing images of people, places and the environment of the North-East, attracts interest from around the UK.
There is a prize of £500 for the winner in each category and all winners and runners up entries will have their work exhibited at various venues throughout the North-East during 2013.
Among those leading the workshops were former Prudhoe High School student-turned-successful-animator Gary Carse, Shields Gazette photographer Iain Brown and documentary filmmaker Neil Atkinson.
Prudhoe High School student Jack McKenna (14), who was runner-up in Reflect Youth Film 2011, was among those taking part.
“I’ve been telling all my friends about the Port of Tyne’s photo and film competition,” he said.
“Last year I was runner up in the Reflect Youth Film category but this time I hope the new film I’m making will win the competition.
“I’ve already planned how I am going to spend the £500 prize money!”
Design technology and film studies teacher Tim Smith said: “It’s good to see a commercial organisation like the Port of Tyne being part of the community in such a positive way and this provides a real lift to the arts and culture sector at a time of austerity and funding cuts.
“As a teacher, I consider the competition as an excellent way to engage with young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to shine and showcase their talents.”
The competition is open to entries until September 28.
More information can be found at www.portoftyne.co.uk/reflect or on Twitter by following @ReflectAwards.
Port of Tyne director of corporate affairs Susan Wear said: “The competition offers something really inspirational for young people, and we wanted to provide the best opportunity for anyone 16 and under to develop new skills under the tutorage of some of the leading photo and filmmakers from the region.
“We did not anticipate that the children would produce such amazing work within such a short space of time.
“Some of the films that came out of the workshops are truly inspirational.
“I think the competition this year is going to be more exciting than ever.”
First published at 09:09, Monday, 23 July 2012
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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