Trinity Students Q&A session with Oscar Winning GRAVITY Filmmaker CHRIS BENSTEAD
Article: Hull Daily Mail.
December 2016: Students from Hull Trinity House Academy received a rare insight into the world of film when Academy Award winning sound engineer and music editor Christopher Benstead, who won an Oscar for his work on Gravity, visited the school on December 7th. The exclusive Q&A event was organised by Into Film, an education organisation, supported by the BFI through Lottery funding, which places film at the heart of young people’s learning and personal development.
Benstead, who comes from Hull, talked to students about his career in the film industry and the films that have most inspired him. He encouraged them to support Hull City of Culture 2017 and its ‘Made in Hull’ season by making their own short film about life in Hull and entering it into the Into Film Awards 2017; he also provided the students with his top tips for using and editing music.
The event is one in a ‘Hullywood’ series of visits to schools by successful filmmakers from the Hull area, arranged by Into Film as part of its Behind-The-Scenes industry interaction programme, which enables young people from all backgrounds to have access to a creative professional whilst still at school – something which education experts regard as hugely valuable for raising aspirations and providing information about potential career opportunities. Other filmmakers involved in the visits include Olivia Young (Art Department, Muppets Most Wanted), producer Tracey Seaward (Warhorse), producer and production manager Chris Hees (The Bigger Picture), and writer/director Martin Herman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas). Teachers from participating schools have welcomed the chance, provided by Into Film, for students to meet successful filmmakers from their local area.
Into Film is also supporting Hull 2017 by partnering with Transformative Film Culture for Hull 2017 on a variety of events and initiatives to engage and inspire Hull’s next generation of film enthusiasts.
Into Film puts film at the heart of children and young people's learning, contributing to their educational, cultural and personal development. It offers numerous opportunities for teaching and learning through film including: free film clubs providing access to a diverse catalogue of films, dynamic curriculum linked and enrichment resources, guidance for filmmaking and film reviewing, a cinema-based film festival, annual Awards, and training and CPD for teachers to support engagement at all levels and promote the use of film as a powerful education resource.