Students taste the bright lights of Hollywood

Stage and screen students from the LeAF Studio in Bournemouth enjoying the bright lights of Hollywood.

Stage and screen students from the LeAF Studio in Bournemouth enjoying the bright lights of Hollywood.

Media and performing arts students from Bournemouth were given a glimpse of what life could be like if they ever made it to Hollywood.

The students from LeAF Studio spent a week in Los Angeles, visiting film sets and experiencing green screen special effects.

From flying high on the set of Supergirl to experiencing a real-life film premier, the students were given a technicolour experience to remember.

Executive principal of LeAF Academy, Gill Blanshard, said: “Many of our media and performing arts students have dreams and aspirations of making a living in film and TV – and what better place for them to get inspiration from than Hollywood?

“During the trip the students got the chance to experience for real the world of film, television and commercials at their very highest levels.

“The experiences they have gained have not only provided them with an invaluable insight but they have also given them an even more determined drive to succeed.”

In addition to seeing the new Supergirl film being filmed the students also visited the sets of Pretty Little Liars, the Big Bang Theory and Friends.

They undertook a green screen test at the Batman and Harry Potter experiences and visited the legendary Venice beach to watch the street performers.

After her trip of a lifetime, LeAF student, Alanna Turner, said: “It was an unforgettable experience because we saw so many cultures different to our own.”

And Ella March added: “The workshops were amazing.  For example, I directed my own piece in the New York Film Academy which is something I will always remember.  It was so exciting.”

Stage and Screen at LeAF Studio is for students aged 14 to 19 who have ambitions to pursue a career in one of the many performing arts industries.

The school combines vocational learning with excellent academic achievement to equip students with the diverse range of skills required in these highly competitive industries.


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