IT will be a case of lights, camera, action for a young Barry movie buff just accepted onto a film talent development programme.
Education charity Into Film’s will focus on Barry Island primary school pupil, Conrad Carter fended of hundreds of other applicants when he applied for a place, in March, and was awarded one last month.
The 10-year-old will gain expert training and hands-on experience in film reviewing, interviewing film industry professionals, and reporting from film events and red-carpet premieres – potentially rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers.
The nationwide education charity is supported by the BFI with Lottery funding.
Conrad submitted an audition tape citing his passion for movies and now the programme, running a full school year, will provide the opportunity to experience behind-the-scenes elements of the film industry, opening up opportunities and broadening his horizons.
He will learn to write effective film reviews, research and prepare good questions for interviews, and present to camera.
He will be able to interview film industry professionals, report from the red-carpet, host Into Film webcasts, and attending preview screenings of new films and documentaries to review for the charity’s website.
Talent Development Programme members have previously interviewed some of the most prestigious names in the industry including Idris Elba, Steven Spielberg, Daniel Radcliffe, Kate Winslet, Harrison Ford, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Reese Witherspoon.
Participants will take part in a number of training activities and live assignments. Conrad travelled to Islington in North London for the first Talent Development training day, where he took part in master classes in film review writing, preparing interviews and presenting to camera with Into Film experts.
Conrad said: “I wanted to get involved in the Talent Development Programme because I love film and wanted to get involved in something that would let me learn more about things in film.”
“I really enjoyed presenting to camera because I had a chance to speak on my own and I think I did quite well!”
Members will also receive access to career advice, work experience opportunities and mentoring from industry professionals – key steps to gaining the skills and experience to aid their personal development and achieve employment in the film and creative industries.
Actor Julie Walters, an Into Film supporter, said: “Learning new skills, putting those into practice and interacting close-up with professionals will raise their aspirations and help them believe in themselves, which could really enhance their lives."
Into Film’s director of education, Jane Fletcher said: “There are so many talented youngsters out there who never have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. This scheme is a real chance for some of them to learn key life skills and will give a wider range of young people the opportunity to start a career in the film industry.”
For information about Into Film visit: www.Intofilm.org or call 0207 288 4520.