‘Lights, camera, action’ for South Essex College students in LA

South Essex College media students put their skills to the test in impressive style - by creating a short film in the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles.

Students studying on the College’s TV and film, animation, games development, broadcast media, and print media & journalism courses spent six days in California to boost their studies.

The highlight of the trip for the students was working with LA filmmakers and make-up artists to produce a short movie called ‘Zombie Theatre’. They also met Mark McDonnell, a concept artist who has worked for Disney and Dreamworks to find out more about the industry, and attended a recording of the Late Late Show with James Corden, where students also had the opportunity to meet the star.

The itinerary also included tours of prestigious facilities such as the Warner Bros studio and Sony Pictures, as well as a visit to Universal Studios and Hollywood Boulevard.

The trip was a valuable opportunity for the students to see what they have learnt in the classroom first hand in a real life environment.

One student, Louie Marquis, who studies on the TV and film programme said: “Every day was exciting and different as we went and experienced different places each day as well as having the freedom to properly explore what Los Angles had to offer.”

Games development student Jordan Brind added: “LA was such an amazing experience, I enjoyed everything but especially the studio tours and working together with the workshop experience.”

To find out more about media courses available at South Essex College, visit www.southessex.ac.uk

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