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Richmond Park Academy student is an award winning filmmaker

posted 2 Feb 2015, 02:14 by Unknown user   [ updated 9 Feb 2015, 00:34 by Phil Broughton ]

Year 11 student Patrycja, who has been taking part in a British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academy 12 week project to produce a creative media piece, has just received an award for the exceptional film that she and four other young people aged 16 – 19 years created called ‘One more shot’.

Patrycja, who has only just turned 16 and is the youngest to have ever been accepted by the BFI, was the cinematographer responsible for the lighting, props and staging of the three minute film, comments:

After a lot of planning, filming took place over two Saturdays from 10:00am – 6:00pm and then took three Saturday sessions to edit. The idea of our film was to carry a very strong message to young people of the dangers of alcohol abuse. ‘One more shot’ is representative of drinking alcoholic shots and in our story the main character has ‘one more shot’ at life.

Patrycja and her fellow filmmakers received one of the BFI’s awards: ‘The Charlie for the cutest, queasiest and quirkiest shot. The film has been shown at the BFI and is now being entered to film festivals across London.

Patrycja, who is planning to stay on at RPA to study A-Levels in geography, history, drama and creative writing in September 2015, is an exceptional student with a very clear vision for her future. She adds:

The experience at the BFI has been amazing. I feel I am now flourishing as a filmmaker, having had the opportunity to learn how to use a camera properly, develop an understanding of how sound works in films, the importance of planning and considering your film locations and so much more. Working in a team helped me to learn more about sharing ideas and collaborative working. This has been such a fabulous boost for me and I feel I have really grown and learnt a lot about my own personal goals. I am more certain than ever that I want to go into this industry.

The Year 11 student is now doing the ‘Silver Arts Award’, which involves delivering two workshops to younger RPA students in order to share what she has learnt from her experience at the BFI.

Ms O’Brien, RPA’s Senior Deputy Headteacher, who has supported Patrycja in securing industry experience, comments: Not only did Patrycja deliver an outstanding piece of film through the BFI project, she has also just been accepted on a one-day camera internship with Girls Talk London and has been accepted as part of the crew producing three short promotional films and a documentary for The Royal Academy of Dance’s ‘Step into Dance’ programme. She is also hoping to be accepted on the National Film and Television School’s 2 week residential course in April. Patrycja is a shining example of just how fantastic and motivated young people can be and she encapsulates everything that Richmond Park Academy installs in its students – ‘To make our best better’. 

We hope you enjoy 'One more shot': 

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