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Inverurie youngsters overcome pandemic hurdles with film making


By Kirsty Brown

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The young people of Mitchell School Of Drama have turned their hand to a new skill as the pandemic continues to interfere with their plans.

As their traditional shows continue to be unviable due to restrictions, the performance group - aged 10 to 25 years - decided to produce six short films.

Each of the films was written and brought to life by the youngsters, with the casts enjoying this new and exciting venture.

To produce their films the cast have worked with three local film crews and they are looking forward to watching their creations on the silverscreen at The Barn at Barra Castle this month.

Speaking on the experience Rhona Mitchell said: "It has been a creative and new way of working, producing work the group wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do.

"Most of the development and writing was done during Zoom sessions with filming beginning in April.

"The films cover many aspects of young people’s lives, and two members of the group have turned their hand to directing!"

The cast and crew of the six films were:

  • Bitter Sweet (written by cast)

Cast - Lola Brown, Amy Robson, Nyla Robson and Eilidh Swanston.

Camera and sound– Alison Sandison.

Camera - Michael Watt.

Editor – Alison Sandison.

Director – Rhona Mitchell.

Original song written and performed by Graeme Waterhouse.

  • Big Night In (written by Imogen Watt)

Cast - Olivia Watt and Alex Thomson.

Camera and editing – Alex Thomson

Director – Imogen Watt

Producer – Rhona Mitchell

Original music written and performed by Graeme Waterhouse

  • A Night to Forget (written by cast)

Cast - Arwen Scott, Olivia Watt, Emma Thomson, Imogen Watt and Josh Simpson.

Camera – Przemek Wasilewski

Sound – Natalia Gaweda

Editor – Michael Watt

Director – Rhona Mitchell

With grateful thanks to The Barn @ Barra Castle

  • Hidden from View (written by performers)

Millie Goodyear - I Feel.

Lucia Ferrara - True story.

Fraser Third - Missing.

Arwen Scott - Freckles.

Katie Lister - Oops we’re in trouble – 2542/2.

Stephen Henderson - This life.

Freya Wilson - Rising tides – 2538/6.

Jessie Martin - A New Campaign.

Camera – Matthew Reed.

Sound and Editing – Euan Banks.

Director – Rhona Mitchell.

  • Like You (written by Ruby Harrison, Honor Smith, Emma Thomson, Imogen Watt, Olivia Watt and Freya Wilson)

Cast – Ruby Harrison and Honor Smith.

Camera – Matthew Reed.

Sound and Editing – Euan Banks.

Director – Rhona Mitchell.

Original music written and performed by Graeme Waterhouse.

  • Left Behind (written by Josh Simpson)

Cast – Josh Simpson and Katie Lister.

Director - Josh Simpson.

Camera – Matthew Reed.

Sound and Editing – Euan Banks.

Producer – Rhona Mitchell.

Original music written and performed by Josh Simpson.


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