Student Joel gets grip on filming experience

left to right: Blackburn College students Joel Levins and Joe Clarke got some valuable work experience shooting a film, 'Out of the Shadows".
left to right: Blackburn College students Joel Levins and Joe Clarke got some valuable work experience shooting a film, 'Out of the Shadows".

Student Joel Levins had a taste of the silver screen when he got hands-on experience shooting a film.

Joel (22), from Clitheroe, and Joe Clarke (20) from Preston, who are both studying for a foundation diploma in Art and Design at Blackburn College, took on the role of grip trainees during the making of ‘Out of the Shadows’.

The film, which was shot entirely on location at Browsholme Hall, was produced by the London Film School for their Graduation Film project.

The film makers praised Joel and Joe for their enthusiasm and proficiency after they stepped in as grip trainees, which involved camera operation supporting the director of cinematography.

Film maker Pratyush Bhattacharyya said: “They were very quick learners and a tremendous help, demonstrating professional proficiency in grip work. Their enthusiasm in working as a part of the grip team was exemplary.”

Jamie Holman, Programme Leader for the foundation diploma in Art and Design, said: “We are all thrilled with how well Joe and Joel got on during their time on the set of ‘Out of the Shadows’.

“The foundation programme of study at Blackburn College gives students the chance to gain industry work experience and produce professional work outside of the classroom.

“This helps with university applications and supports future employment opportunities.”

Blackburn College runs six foundation pathways in all aspects of art, design, fashion, media, photography and 3D, with the opportunity for work experience in all disciplines.