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Students at Bath College have launched a campaign to fund two short films, raising money for sets, costumes and props.


Level 3 media students will work in teams to produce the films, which should be ready to be shown before Christmas.


The money is being raised through a Crowdfunding campaign and the sets will be built in the college dance studio.


Students will submit the finished film for festivals and competitions, including Enter the Pitch – an online short film competition for budding filmmakers.


Media students at the college have already had some success, with previous films winning recognition from Into Film in July.


Set up to support young filmmakers in colleges and schools, Into Film named the students’ sci-fi thriller ABEL as its film of the month.


To prepare for the project, students have been speaking to Enter the Pitch project director Luke Walton.


They also visited Codsteaks, a Bristol-based production arts company specialising in sets, and met company director Sue Lipscombe.


In September, they went along to Encounters Festival – a short film and animation festival held in Bristol.


To produce the film, students will work with business, media, music and performing arts students at Bath College.


The film shoot takes place in the third week of November.


Lecturer Tom Gray said: “The project gives students hands-on experience outside of the classroom and the normal timetable.


“It allows staff, who are trained filmmakers, to work individually with students in their production roles.


“Feedback from students in previous years has been that they’ve gained so much experience and knowledge from the project.


“This year we’ve decided to bring it forward to the beginning of the second year course.


“Diving straight into a production of this scale will give students a much broader experience base to develop themselves and their practice for the remainder of the year.”


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