Project set to reel in film buffs

IT’S all lights, camera, action for budding young filmmakers as villagers launch a new film project.

Youngsters aged 10 to 18 in the villages of Badby, Newnham and Staverton can get involved in the forthcoming meetings of MicroMovies where they will get the chance to learn how to make a movie or short film from start to finish.

Member of Badby and District Film Society (BDFS) and project organiser, Richard Bird, said: “This is an exciting project for the villagers and pupils who go to the three schools.

“We had a preliminary meeting and had a lot of interest in what we are trying to do.

“The free project will give young people the chance to make a short film – from the early stages of making a script and a story board and then to filming and eventually to showing it on a big screen.”

The project is being developed by BDFS and Threshold Studios of Northampton (TSN) and funded by Daventry District Council, Northamptonshire County Council and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Mr Bird added: “Our film society has been running for five years but this is the first time we have run anything like this, which is why we are working with the TSN who has a lot of experience in this area.”

The society has a 17ft-screen on which to show the films when completed but Mr Bird said filming could even be done by youngsters on something as simple as an iPhone.

Mr Bird is particularly pleased with the project as the late chairman of the BDFS was very passionate about encouraging youth projects.

He added: “We celebrated the life of David Pearce last week - he would have been delighted with the project.”

The first meeting of MicroMovies is on Sunday October 21 in Badby Village Hall at 2.30pm.