Hartlepool film students seek budding actors

BIG BREAK: Front, film lecturer Mike Boyle with Jodie-Leigh Green from the Creative Film and Moving Image Production course at CCAD and fellow students (rear left to right) James Bushnall, Liam Baguley, Matthew Gunn, technician Lee Charnley and student Richard Coote.
BIG BREAK: Front, film lecturer Mike Boyle with Jodie-Leigh Green from the Creative Film and Moving Image Production course at CCAD and fellow students (rear left to right) James Bushnall, Liam Baguley, Matthew Gunn, technician Lee Charnley and student Richard Coote.

LIGHTS, camera, action!

Film students from Cleveland College of Art and Design, in Church Square, Hartlepool, are holding auditions next week for actors to take part in several movies they have scripted themselves.

The CCAD film crew on a previous set

The CCAD film crew on a previous set

The auditions will see the budding thespians casted and filmed for various roles, which will eventually be shown on the big screen at Vue Cinemas later this year to show anyone who has taken part.

Even those who don’t quite fit the bill this time round will have their auditions kept on file and potentially be called back for future projects.

The film genres include fantasy, horror, criminal, thriller and sci-fi.

Mike Boyle, lecturer of the college’s creative film and moving image production course, explained that they are open auditions for upcoming professionals or theatre actors who are hoping for experience working in front of film camera.

The CCAD film crew on a previous set

The CCAD film crew on a previous set

Mike said: “We don’t pay these new faces, but give them a copy of the film and pay their expenses for the shoot such as travel and lunch or dinner if needed.

“It’s brilliant for people who want to gain professional status by building up their CV and showreel of work.

“A few new faces we have worked for have gone on to get agents and have become professional actors.

“The actors all get put into our Auditions folder, so its not just a one shot event but will be potentially be used in future films as well.”

He added: “The film types are all weird and wonderful, the students have done a great job.”

The students, who are all aged 18-years-old and over, are excited for the auditions next week as the films form part of their course.

Student Jodie-Leigh Green said: “We’ve been working on concepts for the films since the summer and they’ve started to take form as we’ve been working with script writers.

“There are about seven or eight students who will all be there for the auditions taking on different roles.

“We’re really looking forward to it and seeing all of our hard work come off.”

The annual event takes place in the film studio in the Municipal Building in Church Square, on Tuesday, February 10, from 1pm until 8pm, giving anyone who works during the day some time to get there in the evening.

After the auditions, the cast will be chosen, ahead of rehearsals, costume fittings and finally filming dates.

Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Jodie via email on greenjodieleigh@gmail.com.