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Chance to see your name on the credits; FILM-MAKERS GROUP IN INVITATION TO HELP SHOOT 90-SECOND SHORTS.


A FILM-MAKERS' group based in Coventry is looking for some raw local talent to assist in the filming of two short films.

Call the Shots, which operates out of the Depot Studios, Bond Street, Coventry, is offering the chance to gain valuable experience in film-making and to see the end result on the big screen.

If you have ever fancied yourself as a cameraman, continuity expert, sound engineer or even a director, now's the chance to make a mark, as no previous experience is required.

The films will be screened at Warwick Arts Centre, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and next year's BLINK Film Festival.

Following the success of the scheme last year, the group will be filming two 90-second shorts over the weekend of May 31 and June 1, offering free training in production and technical skills for those who take part.

Scripts for the two films have not yet been decided - a short list has been drawn up.

Last year's offerings were a comedy, called Bus Story, and a horror, Mirror Mirror.

Paul Hardy, Call the Shots production co-ordinator, said: "Ninety seconds is a perfect length in which to practise film-making skills because it can be shot in a single day and also because the length forces you to tell an efficient story without diversions.

"Call the Shots will be shooting two films over two days and people who get involved will have the opportunity to work at a different job each day so they can gain the maximum experience."

He added: "This is probably the best opportunity you'll ever have to get a head start in film-making, on-the-job training and the chance to see how it really works.

"And once it's all over, you'll even have the experience you need to start making films of your own."

Applicants need to be aged over 18 and to be able to attend a meeting at the Depot Studios at 6.30pm tonight.

The project is part of the Creative Coventry scheme jointly funded by the European Development Fund and Coventry City Council to encourage and support existing and new creative industries throughout the city.


BOOM TIME: Paul Hardy (right) with Chris Pinches (left) and Wayne Howarth, chairman and director respectively of Call the Shots. Picture: WILL BINNS
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Date:Apr 16, 2003
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