Midlothian youths hit the big screen

editing at Screen Education Edinburgh studios
editing at Screen Education Edinburgh studios

Midlothian youngsters have been turning the spotlight on drink-related issues which could affect them, through a new film-making project.

Screen Education Edinburgh (SEE) ran the scheme with Dalkeith-based youth charity MYPAS, funded by Cashback for Creativity and the Thinking Differently Partnership, and the results are soon to be premiered on the big screen.

SEE engagement officer Neil Rolland (32), a former Newbattle pupil, worked with 18 youngsters on the £4,000 project, once a week for six weeks making two short films.

He said: “MYPAS recruited the youngsters. Mostly from Newbattle High, three from St David’s and five or six from Beeslack.

“They all came and met us in Dalkeith. They did six weeks learning about all aspects of filmmaking.

“Their films had to do with alcohol. So they developed stories and at the same time they learnt camera work, acting, directing and story.

“They all pitched to one another and chose which two films to make.

“During the last two weeks they did the actual filming. We are now doing the editing. We will then screen them at The Filmhouse in Edinburgh at the beginning of February.”

One of the five-minute films was shot in Dalkeith over three nights. Called ‘Being Loopy’, as the film goes round in a loop, it tells the story of a young guy who thinks he is a sensible drinker, until he gets flashbacks to a night out.

The other film, ‘Karma’ was shot at Mayfield Park, looking at two girls drinking there. The story is of a girl who is beaten up by a group of girls, but the leader of the group gets her comeuppance.

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