The weekend just gone, we all had the most fantastic time celebrating all the fun of the summer during our much anticipated Red Carpet Premiere events.
We’d long been waiting for the opportunity to see our Saturday Film Shoot members and our Summer Film Shoot crews back to share the results of the hard work, talent and collaborative efforts from courses throughout the summer term and summer holidays up on the big screen.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, we greeted over 300 young filmmakers aged 7-18 with a walk (and a pose or two) on the red carpet, followed by a programme comprised of the world premieres of 20 films made by young people. It was amazing fun and we enjoyed every single minute.
The screenings included films made by regular Saturday members during the summer term, inspired by a theme of ‘Saturday Morning at the Movies’, exploring what it means to be cinematic. Films from members at both our Balham and Highgate centres were screened, alongside films made during our summer holiday workshops. The summer courses were inspired by the theme ‘Mix It Up’, which explored unusual combinations of different film genres and conventions, and also included our special ‘Acting for Camera’ course and ‘Movie Musicals’ course, which produced two music videos to ‘Consider Yourself’ from Oliver Twist and ‘Hard Knock Life’ from Annie.
Amongst the films, we saw some incredible takes on the different briefs; a fashion fairytale adaptation of Red Riding Hood, an epic Hunger Games style dystopian drama, a spoof documentary and a period drama sci-fi adventure. It was truly a year for original and extraordinary films and it was a pleasure to be able to screen them for friends and family members in the cinema.
At our red carpet events, we often hear from parents how astounded they are by how much our young filmmakers actually do. In just a few days, they put together complete films based around their own ideas, working together with other children they don’t know, taking on all the practical filmmaking. They’re responsible for the directing, the camera work, the costume and set design, the editing and of course all of the on screen performances too. The end result is often a feeling of tremendous accomplishment, rightly so, because it is such an achievement on the part of all the filmmakers, as well as our professional team.
One of our summer filmmakers, Maya, from our Chelsea branch, summed it up on stage in an impromptu speech, “I’ve learned so much in just a week here, it’s really good because you learn about filmmaking but it also helps you in lots of other ways… You become more sociable, it’s been really good fun.”
This weekend represented our biggest ever programme, with the work of four workshop centres presented, including our newest locations in Chelsea and Hampstead, which opened earlier on this year. It was lovely to see filmmakers from different centres all joining together to celebrate and share in their mutual love of film. We can’t wait to see what happens next year, when we introduce even more locations next summer!
We also had the opportunity to introduce a couple of our new adventures. This Hallowe’en we’ll be presenting our first film festival – Dr Hydensrhreik’s Lab – a collection of family friendly horror films screened in an immersive haunted house experience… It’s a project we’re really excited about, much like our new branding adventure. During the screenings we were able to introduce the beginnings of a new journey for Studio Film School, as we evolve into a new brand and a new appearance that better encompasses the range of the work we do. Watch this space!
Overall, it was a truly great day of celebrations. It was amazing to see so many filmmakers on the red carpet, and to chat to so many of their families about their achievements. It’s also a really nice day for the team to spend together – definitely worth the 5am start!
Now, as we pack away the leftover programmes, balloons and of course the red carpet, we can’t wait to get started on a new year worth of filmmaking ready to celebrate again next year. We’re starting back with the Saturday Film Shoots on 26th September, as well as introducing Shooting Stars to our Balham centre. We’ve also got an exciting ‘Aliens vs. Zombies’ project taking place over half term, which is guaranteed to produce some brilliant filmmaking. It looks to be another busy year for us, and one that we’re very much looking forward to…
Until then we’re delighted to share the results of the summer with you. Keep your eyes on our YouTube channel for all the latest releases hot from their big premieres, let us know your favourites!
Team SFS 🙂