On Saturday 15th October, a dozen or so family and friends met in Bradford at the National Museum of Photography Film and Television to watch my daughter, Tania Bell (on the left) and her close friend, Becky Soloman being presented with a prize in the 2005 Cooperative Young Film Makers Awards – one of Britain’s film festivals dedicated to showcasing the talents of film-makers under the age of 21 years.
It was their Media Studies teacher, Richard Knight, who suggested they enter their film for the awards. It obviously pleased the panel of judges (which included some well-known names in British film and television) as it was one of the winners shown on the big screen in the cinema attached to the museum, much to the delight of both families and friends.
Their film entitled “Come Play” is a “trailer” for a horror movie set in an abandoned mental hospital. With touches of “Psycho” and more than a passing tip of the hat towards “Blair Witch”, it is 110 seconds of spooky fare. The result is excellent and I particularly appreciate the editing (an often overlooked and underrated part of film-making) which the girls did unaided. A tour de force indeed. Congratulations, Tania and Becky!
Tania tells me they plan to make another film this Christmas so you never know, I may be reporting a second trip to Bradford this time next year.
Click the picture to see a video precis of the event: (Windows Media Player required – 4’22”, 15mb wmv file).