Film and TV students 'very proud' as work is selected by BBC

Tuning in, Darlington College students, L-R, Jess Frew, Katie Arkwright and Lara Morris who have successfully made videos for the BBC
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Film and TV students have been given a fresh perspective as their work has been chosen by the BBC.

Darlington College students Jess Frew, Katie Arkwright and Lara Morris have had their filmed and edited videos selected to feature on the BBC's 'Socials' platform. This is alongside content from across the nation, marking a significant achievement for both the college and the second-year students who are studying for a level 3 extended diploma in film and TV.

Jess Frew, a 20 year old from Northallerton, created a short film titled Misfit Market. The film explores an alternative monthly shopping experience held at Darlington's Indoor Market, showcasing gothic ware.

"It was great to film," Jess shared, expressing her plans to attend either Teesside or Salford universities after taking a gap year to work.

She added: "I interviewed small businesses ranging from crystals, food sauces, clothing, a comic book creator and artists. I hadn't come across them before and it was really interesting. I certainly didn't expect to hear back from something as big as the BBC."

Jess also revealed her career aspirations: "I want to go into editing, either in film or TV, because I love working with raw content and completely changing it with special effects."

Meanwhile, Lara Morris, 18, from Shildon, and Katie Arkwright, 19, from Darlington, collaborated on A Grand Day Out in Darlington. The title pays tribute to the Wallace and Gromit movie.

Lara explained: "We spent two to three months planning, shooting and editing the film which was designed to show a typical day out in the town where to shop, eat and the leisure facilities. We were so lucky with the weather with blue skies and sunshine making Darlington look like a different place."

"We couldn't believe our work was selected by the BBC but they said they would use it which was amazing. We feel so fortunate as you don't expect opportunities like this to come along in the North East and we feel very proud."

Lara has secured a place to study TV and radio production at Salford University, which has strong links with the BBC's Media City. "I'd love to work in TV production, perhaps as a director, as I enjoy leadership roles and discovering and using people's strengths," she said.

Katie will study media, communications and culture at Nottingham Trent University. "I enjoy writing and researching and hope to develop this at university," she said.

Lecturer Karl Oldridge said: "The whole class took part and it was an invaluable experience as they had to apply, prepare a pitch and make a presentation, all to the BBC's very high standards."

Fellow lecturer Stephen Wade added: "To have two videos actually selected is a real coup for the students, the course and the college. People from the BBC came to college to give a presentation on opportunities in broadcasting and it has been enlightening for our students."

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