Media students to film horror in Gothic mansion

Oct 28, 2014

Media students to film horror in Gothic mansion

Nescot Media students have launched a bid to raise £1,250 to finance a film project.

A group of 20 final-year Level 3 Extended Diploma students are aiming to visit Ilam Hall in the Peak District next month to create horror movie The Retreat.

The students have been given the script but will be responsible for all other elements, from filming, directing and producing to creating and designing props, costumes and makeup.

The team has raised more than £600 so far, with initiatives including quiz nights and cake sales as well as selling film credits and signed copies of the script via crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

"This is a major project for our students, and will see them getting some really valuable experience," said Graham Chalk, section leader for Media.

"As well as working together on all the diverse aspects of actually making the film and seeing it through from inception to screening, they’re working on issues like logistics, marketing and project management.

"The skills and experience they’re gaining will stand them head and shoulders above many other candidates when they’re applying to jobs and universities."

Ilam Hall is a Victorian Gothic mansion in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, which is now used as a youth hostel and is a popular site for ghost hunters.

The Retreat follows Harriet Davidson, who is admitted to a rehabilitation clinic for young people and discovers appearances can be deceiving – and deadly.

The money raised by the students will cover all the costs associated with the production, such as costumes and set design, as well as travel to the site and accommodation.

Student Amy Stevens said the team were looking forward to the trip and had been enjoying the fundraising so far.

She added: "We’ve learnt a lot about time and project management already, and I’m thinking about studying events management at university next year so it’s a really good experience for me."

Kiarna Welch said: "It’s a massive project and it’s hard work, but it’s good fun and it looks great on your CV. I’m really looking forward to starting filming."

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