BUDDING actors and directors in Morpeth are being offered a unique opportunity to make their own feature films in a project which seeks to put young people at the heart of the creative process.
Film company ACT 2 CAM wants to recruit about 60 local youngsters who will spend the next few months making three separate films which will be shown on the big screen at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema this summer.
Working with a professional director and actors, they will devise the storylines, create the characters, write dialogue and play a central role in the entire productions.
Morpeth is the latest area to be targeted by ACT 2 CAM, which has shot four films in Whitley Bay and County Durham since it was set up by former drama teacher Stephen Woods a year ago.
On Saturday young people from the Morpeth area, aged from eight to 18, are invited to a free workshop which will launch the film project, in the town’s St James’s Community Centre from 10am to 1pm.
Those selected to take part will be split into three different age groups, each of which will work on its own film over the next 10 weeks, with a week-long shoot taking place at Easter.
The project gives the youngsters the chance to work behind the camera, directing and filming, as well taking starring roles on screen.
The three films will be premiered in Newcastle and Morpeth, and then entered in film festivals worldwide.
ACT 2 CAM specialises in making films with young people, giving them the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the film and television industry.
Company director Stephen Woods said: “There are some very talented young actors and film makers in the North East who need the opportunity to make films and get their work seen.
“We are delighted to be filming in Morpeth and I look forward to finding out what the young people here have to offer. The content of the three films is entirely up to the kids themselves, whatever comes out of their minds.
“We don’t want to direct the content, because what matters and what makes it special is what the young people themselves come up with.”
Previous films made by ACT 2 CAM include murder mystery Blood on the Catwalk and apocalyptic feature The Plague.
Anyone in the Morpeth area aged between eight and 18, and who wants to take part, can turn up on Saturday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 280 1345.