Budding Young Film Makers Being Sought at Burrator



South West Lakes Trust and MED Theatre are looking for young people aged 11-25 to be involved in an exciting new media project, to create a film exploring the role Burrator played in the First World War. This project has been commissioned by DAISI and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Young people will get the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of film making. This will include uncovering local stories about people and the surrounding area, creating a storyboard, writing the script, acting, directing, operating the camera, adjusting the sound and editing the final footage to create a short film to be launched this October. No previous experience is necessary.

Dates for this unique film project will take place during the school holidays, beginning with scouting for film locations and writing the script on Monday 30 March and Wednesday 1 April. Filming will take place during the May half term, the editing in the summer and then the film will be launched in October half term.

Burrator is already a popular filming location and you can see the reservoir in the official War Horse Trailer. The original War Horse novel was written by Devon-based author Michael Morpurgo, who was inspired to write the story after meeting WW1 veterans at his local pub in Iddesleigh, Devon. The film tells the story of Albert, a Devon farm boy whose beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry for the First World War.

Burrator has also hosted productions such as ‘The Wolfman’ with Sir Anthony Hopkins and in August 2011 James May filmed part of his episode of Man Lab at the site.

If you would like more information please contact Emily Cannon, Burrator Heritage Learning Officer, on 01822 855700 or e-mail heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk.