Students film horror at 'haunted' Peak District Mansion

Dec 01, 2014

Students film horror at 'haunted' Peak District Mansion

Media students have filmed a horror movie in a reportedly haunted Gothic mansion in Derbyshire.

The group of 20 Level 3 Extended Diploma students travelled to Ilam Hall in Peak District from Monday to Thursday last week (November 24 to 27) as part of their project.

Section leader Graham Chalk wrote the script for the film, called The Retreat, but the students were responsible for all everything else – including raising the funds for the movie.

"The students took the project really seriously and they’ve been working hard," Graham said.

"We’re really impressed by the footage they’ve captured and we’re all looking forward to seeing the final cut once they’ve finished working on the editing.

"The skills and experience they’ve gained or improved so far include planning, fundraising, costume design and makeup, as well as working on a major project from inception to screening."

The students are now working on editing the film, and it will be screened at a premier at The British Film Institute in January.

Bradley Kane, who was given the role of cameraman for the project, described the filming as ‘tough’, but said it had been a great experience.

"Some of our files corrupted, so we realised we’d lost a lot of footage and had to reshoot until really late that night," said Bradley, who is planning to do a degree in Cinematography.

"I’ve never done a project like this before, so it was a really good experience to see everything through from start to finish."

The students raised £850 of the £1,250 target they needed to finance the film, covering elements including costumes, special effects, props and travel and accommodation, and

In order to raise the money, the group held quiz nights and cake sales, as well as selling film credits and signed copies of the script through crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

Leanne Walker, who has finished her Level 3 Media course and is now studying an HND in Photography at Nescot, played the lead role of Harriet in the production.

"Filming was pretty hard at times, especially when it was cold and dark and wet, and it was really difficult when we realised how much footage we needed to reshoot," she said.

"We all worked really hard on the shoot, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the film turns out."

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