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Students’ LA films premiere at UCLan

15 October 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Movie capital productions ready for the big screen

Five films shot in both Preston and Hollywood by students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been given their big screen premiere this week.

The short films; Craving a Cuppa, Dominic, Gone, L.A. Larry and Trinkets were screened at the University to mark the end of the successful Five Thousand Miles project which took nine media students to the heart of the film industry in Los Angeles to shoot films and network with top industry professionals.

All five film were written, directed and produced by the budding screenwriters who worked together to shoot scenes in Preston before jetting across the pond to film on location in L.A.

"Filming in LA was an overwhelming experience and we learnt so much from working there and meeting professional screenwriters and producers.”

Speaking at the premiere of his film Dominic student Alan Livesey commented: “This film is the piece of work I’m most proud of and it’s great to share it on the big screen. Filming in LA was an overwhelming experience and we learnt so much from working there and meeting professional screenwriters and producers.”

As well as filming in the capital of the screenwriting world the students were also treated to a private question and answer session with Bill Mechanic who was Chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment for seven years. They also attended the Los Angeles Film Festival where they met Juno Temple, among others.

The team was made up of screenwriting, film production, television, web design and journalism students who all worked on each of the five films. The Five Thousand Miles project was organised by UCLan Screenwriting lecturers Bill McCoid and Sarah Evans.

To view the film makers’ journey, watch trailers, go behind the scenes and more, find them on Facebook.