Over the past three academic years our writer/ director in residence, James DeMarco, has spent time working with students from local schools to enable them to make short films.
James was recruited by ISIS Arts/ The Forge as part of their Focus Mentoring Scheme to work with pupils at Marden High School in Cullercoats. Over the course of the semester they devised, wrote and shot a short film called, “Marden High – A Day in the Life”, which was screened in July 2004 as part of the North Tyneside Film Festival.
As part of the ISIS Arts Advanced Mentoring Scheme, James returned to Marden High School once again, this time helping students from year four to seven on a horror film project.
He worked with King George V School in South Tyneside, creating the video backdrop for their play, “The Man Who Waved at Ships” (written by pupils in conjunction with Neil Armstrong). This was shown at the Customs House as part of the TEDCO Enterprise in Education, Big River Project.
James was recommissioned by TEDCO – this time to work with the pupils of Mortimer Comprehensive in South Shields on the production of a promotional DVD, which premiered before a group of dignitaries including the Mayor of South Tyneside and David Milliband MP.
Due to the success of the Mortimer promo, described as “magnificient” by headteacher Claire Mullane, the school asked FNA films to produce a short film diary about the transition from Year 6 at Mortimer Primary to 7 Year at Mortimer Comprehensive. Most recently FNA films has produced a DVD about the award-winning science drama play about global warming, “Consequences”, devised and performed by Year 9 and Year 7 pupils at the Centre of Life.
In January 2005, James was recruited by the Open Zone City Learning Centre, in South Shields, to devise and implement a ten-week workshop, with two classes of students ages ten to sixty six on the art of low-budget filmmaking.
If any schools or organisations are interested in participating in filmmaking workshops, please contact us for more information.