The Red Carpet Premiere events are the biggest highlights of Studio Film School’s year. In special one off events, the films produced by members and holiday filmmakers are presented up on a cinema screen, complete with a red carpet entrance (and dress code), speeches, bows and a fair amount of popcorn.
Below we find out from Dan and Donna why they think the Red Carpet Premieres are so special:
1. We get to see our Saturday members and holiday filmmakers all together. There is a great social atmosphere, lots of young filmmakers together in one place, able to share in a common passion for film. That’s really exciting for us.
2. Everyone is so supportive of each others’ work. One of our favourite things is hearing one young filmmaker say to another, “That was your film? That was sick!” (Translation: I liked your film).
3. We get to meet mums and dads (and grandparents, siblings and friends). It’s a strange feeling knowing lots of children and young people, but never knowing their parents, so the RCP helps us put faces to names.
4. We get to see how much members have progressed over the course of the year. Of course, we know they’re talented, and we see them get better all the time, but the RCP shows us that progress up on the big screen. We get to see it in context and we feel very proud.
5. We get to see the team, all in one place at the same time! Often, we work quite separately over different workshops and locations, and to have all our leaders and our office staff together is a rare opportunity for us to say a huge thank you and to celebrate as a team.
6. We find out the team’s hidden special skills. For instance, Sheena is the fastest balloon tie-er in the West and Sadie is a walking stationery cupboard ready to solve any craft emergency at any time.
7. We have the chance to thank the art department! We know mums and dads help out enormously at home in putting together costumes and finding props from long forgotten corners, these make such a difference to the films and it’s nice to be able to acknowledge this in person.
8. We do some public speaking. Truthfully, we hate this part, and find it just a bit nerve-wracking… especially when the microphone doesn’t work, or the lights don’t come up, and you end up “filling”. But, it’s character building, so we sort of look forward to once it’s all over and we’ve been built.
9. We get to dress up! The life of a workshop leader is rarely glamourous and we love the chance to dress up in the name of our work. We also love it when filmmakers and families dress up for the occasion too, so we’re giving this year’s filmmakers advance warning to dust off those suits and frocks!
10. Most importantly, we get to celebrate the successes of everyone we work with, from their creativity, their imaginations, teamwork, the development of new skills and growths in their confidence. We ask a lot from the children and young people that we work with: to produce a short film that’s effective and engaging in a matter of 20-30 hours is no mean feat and quite often it involves working collaboratively and constructively with people you’ve never met before. The fact that every year they manage it with such flair is the most rewarding aspect of our work and there is no greater feeling than celebrating their accomplishments in the style it deserves.
This year’s Red Carpet Premiere events start in July, where Studio Film School are celebrating the work of after school club members, followed by events in September showcasing the work of Saturday Film Shoot Members and summer workshop filmmakers. To find out how you can be involved, take a look at www.studiofilmschool.co.uk