ED6 students who have taken part in a project to make a short Sci-Fi film

Sci Fi Lands At East Durham College

Young people from County Durham saw their Hollywood dreams come true when they premiered their short sci-fi film IMPACT to a packed audience of friends, family and industry professionals at East Durham College’s Lubetkin Theatre on Thursday 19th March.

The 8-minute film was made by a group of talented young people, aged between 16 and 19 years, many of whom attend East Durham College & East Durham Sixth Form (ED6).

Over the course of 4 months they worked with filmmaker Ben Race of Capture Films based in Newton Aycliffe and animator and special effects artist Mark Jobe of Quay Animation Studios based in Tyneside. The group learnt how to create a film with high end special effects from the initial concept right through to the finished edit and all had a major role to play in the production.

IMPACT centres around Jonathan who is the sole worker on an isolated outpost called EDC 27, situated on a barren moon. His only companion is the artificial intelligence; A.D.A.M.

Shot on location at East Durham College the short film combines live action with state-of-the-art special effects to create a sci-fi world far, far away from the coalfields of County Durham.

Ben Race of Capture Films said: “It has honestly been the best film project I have ever worked on with young people. Their dedication and hard work has really paid off and the film is of a standard that most professionals would be proud of.”

Grace Bridger, of the BFI (British Film Institute) Academy, said: “I have been travelling around the UK attending lots of film premieres from our Academy Network and IMPACT is one of the best films I have seen so far.”

East Durham Sixth Form film studies A Level teacher Jodie Freeman added: “The quality of the film as amazing. All the teaching staff at the College were blown away by the production values and overall execution of the film. The students should be very proud of their work. Well done to every single one of them.”

The film is inspired by 'Days of Fear and Wonder' - the BFI's major celebration of the Sci Fi genre. IMPACT can be watched on the Kids for Kids UK Vimeo Channel at https://vimeo.com/123769171

Kids for Kids UK are one of the official BFI Film Academy partners, backed by BAFTA and Pinewood Studios. This year we have delivered our Academy in partnership with East Durham Creates and East Durham College.