Sixty Year 6 students from Eaton Primary School hosted a special screening at Cinema City on Wednesday 21st June that featured a series of the children’s adverts, music videos and short films made in conjunction with City College Norwich’s creative media department.
The 10 and 11 year olds invited their parents to watch the work that was produced during a week-long project with 30 level 3 creative media production students from City College Norwich. After a pre-production day at Eaton Primary School, the young pupils spent 3 days working with the 17 and 18 year old students in the college’s virtual television studio and media editing suites to put together their final projects.
As part of the project, a group of 7 students from Eaton Primary School and City College Norwich were also involved in the filming of a special broadcast of Mustard TV’s The Mustard Show which was filmed in the college’s creative media suite. The programme, which aired on Tuesday 20th June, saw presenters Nick Conrad and Helen McDermott interview the students about the project and even gave a sneak preview of their work.
The aim of the project was to give the Eaton Primary School children a taste of media production and to also open their eyes to the opportunities open to them beyond school.
Eaton Primary School pupil Poppy Dawson, 11, from Norwich said:
“We’ve learnt how to use cameras, how to act and how all the technology works. My favourite bit was filming all the different types of shots with the cameras. Our film was about ninjas kidnapping the Queen and I was very excited to see the final product at Cinema City. Having our film shown on the big screen felt really weird because I was the one filming it so it made me feel kind of important.”
City College Norwich Media Production student Mia Dann, 18, from Norwich said:
“I’ve enjoyed seeing how enthusiastic the children are about the project and it’s been great to see how passionate they are about something that I’m passionate about too. Having our work shown at Cinema City has been really good and it was really nice to actually see our project being played on a bigger screen.”
Cara MacDonald, Creative Media Production Lecturer, City College Norwich said:
“We’ve been doing this project for a few years now and have found that both sets of students get so much out of the experience. The children from Eaton Primary School have been so creative throughout the project and have produced some excellent quality work under the supervision from the Level 3 Media students from City College Norwich. I’m really impressed with the work that they have produced and was so proud to see their final edits on the big screen at Cinema City.”
Mark Jones, Assistant Headteacher and Year Six Teacher at Eaton Primary School said:
"This has been a brilliant project to be involved in. City College staff and students have facilitated wonderful creative film projects that Eaton Primary students have developed. The showcase event at Cinema City was very well attended by parents and family members; our students have really enjoyed the process of producing these films!"