TV stars launch new project

PUBLISHED: 15:04 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

A GROUP of TV stars visited Nailsea School to help launch a new project all about the TV industry.

A GROUP of TV stars visited Nailsea School to help launch a new project all about the TV industry.

Actors Katharine Rogers, Vincent Pellegrino, and Bob Gwilym, who have starred in shows including The Bill and Casualty, were joined by Jonathan Kerr Smith and Roger Stennett for a special assembly.

While at the school they gave tips and advice to year 10 pupils about the best ways to get into TV work before helping to launch the school's new scheme - Nailsea Productions.

This is aimed at teaching students more about the skills needed in the TV industry.

Teenagers will work with industry experts to learn about performance and acting skills, script writing and the technical and management side of a production, including direction and editing.

As part of the 18-month project, primary schools will also be visited to pass on some of the skills.

It is hoped that by the end of the summer term of 2011, programmes will be filmed by all those taking part using their newfound skills.

Assistant head of specialised learning, Trudy Jones said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to further develop the skills that our Technology and Media Arts status has supported over the last four years.

"We know that this will have a significant impact on their confidence and self esteem."

The scheme has been funded using money from the Find Your Talent Scheme, which is aimed at giving pupils more chances to take part in cultural and creative activities.

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