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Maesteg pupils get visual effects careers advice

Leading education charity Into Film Cymru has again joined forces with Bait Studio, the award-winning Cardiff-based motion design and VFX company, to offer careers advice to students from Maesteg High School interested in getting into the film industry. 

This was a highly anticipated VFX workshop for young filmmakers, with Peter Rogers, Creative Director of Bait Studio, based in GloWorks in Cardiff Bay, leading the VFX session at Chapter Arts Centre, and adding some extra sparkle to a film brought along by students. Christian Lett, VFX supervisor also led the session.

Known for its work on feature films such as The Machine, The Call Up, and Don’t Knock Twice, Bait Studio is increasingly using the popular Into Film Festival to speak directly with young students to spark their interest in the filmmaking industry – the fastest growing industry in Wales.

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Into Film Cymru organised the event as part of the annual Into Film Festival (ending 23rd November), which seeks to highlight the importance of film in boosting career prospects, as well as educational attainment. The overall purpose is to improve access to film and support schools and colleges to set up Into Film Clubs.

Peter Rogers, Creative Producer of Bait Studio, said: 

“A career in the creative industries should be firmly in the minds of our young people in Wales. As the fastest growing sector in our economy, it’s in the interests of Bait Studio to find and nurture home grown talent. We’re acutely aware that the best possible people for our company may come from families where there’s little money to fund inspiring trips to the cinema. That’s why we support Into Film Cymru, so we can spark as many young minds as possible in Wales – and find the talent we need. It’s also great fun to add our effects to their films.”  

Non Stevens, head of Into Film Cymru, said:

“We see film as a powerful tool to support not only our education system in Wales but our economy. Film is our fastest growing industry, generating nearly £1bn a year, and it’s important that each and every child open their eyes to the opportunities on offer to watch, make and understand film.”

The Into Film Festival is made possible by funding from Cinema First and support from the BFI through National Lottery funding, a wide collaboration with UK cinema industry partners, and delivery partners National Schools Partnership. The Festival is hosted by Into Film throughout the UK as part of an on-going initiative to place film at the heart of young people’s learning and personal development.  With support from all the major UK cinema chains and a variety of other venues the Festival provides access to the big screen at its best, including IMAX screens and the 3D and 4D experience.

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The Into Film Festival 2018 continues until Friday 23rd November. All events and screenings are free. Full details can be found here: www.intofilm.org/festival

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