Thursday, 2 September 2010

Minehead is the New Hollywood

Okay, well maybe not quite.

I had a meeting today with Molly Studley from Minehead Eye today. Minehead Eye is the new youth and cultural centre based a stone's-throw from Butlins in (unsurprisingly) Minehead. Thirteen years in the planning it's having its grand opening this weekend and has fun and games planned for everyone who goes.

Apart from the skate park, music studio and dance area it also has a Media Lab, and from the 28th September for eight weeks (excluding a weeks' break for half-term) I'll be running an evening screenplay/scriptwriting class for teenagers. The hope is that during the course the people attending will be able to produce one or more 5-10 minute scripts that will (hopefully) be filmed and edited using the centre's brand new equipment. So if you see zombies walking the streets of Minehead later in the year, it may just be one of the films being made and nothing to worry about. But then again ...

Very exciting times ahead. I've been running a short story critique service for the last eighteen months, but this is something entirely new to me and is both thrilling and terrifying in equal measures.

Now all I have to do is work out the lesson plans and hope that people are interested...

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