Pictured below is Lauren Finn, a talented and tenacious AS Moving Image Arts pupil in St. Catherine’s College. Lauren took part in the BFI Film Academy which helps to train and inspire the next generation of filmmakers. The course, an accredited NCFE level 2 Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification, was held in the Amma Centre, Armagh, mostly via Zoom after school and at weekends.
In collaboration with students from other schools and industry professionals, Lauren created a short movie. The short film’s credits include two other talented St. Catherine’s College pupils, Hannah Lavery and Niamh Mullen, who also took part successfully in the BFI Academy.
Click on the link to watch the quirky comedy, produced by the BFI and AmmA Centre:
From this experience Lauren then successfully applied for a week-long BFI Academy Residential Programme in Cirencester, England. Organised by the BFI, this programme is a high-level national talent development project for 16-19 year olds, given unprecedented training for Animation and Video Effects. She secured one of 40 places, out of hundreds of applicants, and is very excited about the prospect of attending more bespoke masterclasses, working with industry professionals and building her professional on-line portfolio.
Fiona Donnelly, Lauren’s MIA teacher and Subject Leader for Art and MIA in St. Catherine’s College is thrilled by the continuing success of her pupils in this field of expertise: “This is a really important time for Moving Image Arts, it’s such a growth industry in both live action and animation. Lauren has shown such great commitment to her studies and we are very proud of her. ”