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UCLan Screenwriting students shoot films in Hollywood

26 June 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Team jet off to movie capital

Screenwriting students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been to Hollywood to shoot films and network with top industry professionals.

The team of nine media production students visited Los Angeles as part of the Five Thousand Miles project organised by UCLan Screenwriting lecturers Bill McCoid and Sarah Evans to take the budding screenwriters and producers to the heart of the film industry.

The team of eleven went on a location shoot for five films that were shot in both Preston and LA after they successfully pitched their film ideas and won a place on a project run by UCLan’s Screenwriting course.

The five pictures; Craving a Cuppa, Dominic, Gone, L.A. Larry and Trinkets have been written, directed and produced by UCLan students.

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.

“It was an awesome experience. Even though I am still a student I already have a professional contract as a writer and this has whet my appetite to work in the film industry.”

UCLan screenwriting students film in LA

Under Mechanic’s tenure, Fox produced the number one grossing movies worldwide with Die Hard With A Vengeance, Independence Day and Titanic, shared the Best Picture Oscar® for two years (Braveheart and Titanic), and won the Best Actress Award for Boys Don’t Cry. In all, Fox earned 42 Oscar® nominations and 2 Best Picture Oscars® under Mechanic’s tenure. Mechanic also spent six years in charge of Disney.

Screenwriting student Alan Livesey said: “It was an awesome experience. Even though I am still a student I already have a professional contract as a writer and this has whet my appetite to work in the film industry.”

The team also attended the Los Angeles Film Festival where they met Juno Temple, among others.

The films will premiere at a special screening in Preston in the autumn.