Film student in the frame for success

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A student is gearing up for a career in the movies as he puts the finishing touches to his final showreel for a college graduation show.

James Campbell, 31, a student at Cleveland College of Art & Design in Hartlepool, has been studying for his Creative Film and Moving Image degree. He will showcase three movie projects at the college’s degree show, including a fan fiction movie called Ripper which pits Jack the Ripper against Batman.

Influenced by fan fiction, my inspiration is to make something I want to see first of all, then to create a piece of work that is a little different.

James Campbell, Cleveland College of Art & Design student

James already has numerous industry professionals on board, as well as actors from shows such as Broadchurch, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones.

Filming for Ripper begins in June and will take place at venues across the region, including Hartlepool Maritime Experience and Preston Hall Museum.

James has secured a position as a director’s assistant to movie director Martin Owen for his latest film, Let’s Be Evil, which begins shooting in Thailand later this year.

He is also using fellow CCAD colleagues’ talents, with fellow student Judd Marriot designing the Batman costume for Ripper.

And during the production of Ripper, up to fifteen graduates will be involved in various aspects of filming and post production.

James said: “The build up to the show has been non-stop hard work and late nights, but it has all been worth it.

“I have enjoyed the course greatly as it has allowed me the chance to make numerous short films, meet new people and steer me in the right direction for when I graduate.”