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We're in frame for Hollywood.

The trail was blazed for Hollywood as pupils celebrated technology in all its forms.

Each year, Bydales Specialist Technology College in Marske has a technology week, where students are urged to show initiative, innovate and communicate.

The week included activities as diverse as Hell's Kitchen, to promote "creativity and teamwork in catering," Junk Music, where weird and wonderful instruments are created, and planting shrubs in New Marske.

And pupils were challenged to create a visual image of Redcar to sell the town as a movie location. This summer the movie Atonement, starring Keira Knightley, is set to be filmed on the beaches, with Redcar a favoured location for the recreation of Dunkirk in 1940.

So Bydales students seized the chance to develop their own creative writing and film making skills. Using the latest technology, they researched the retreat from Dunkirk using British PathA News Archive film clips, accessed through regional broadband consortium Northern Grid for Learning. Armed with digital video cameras, they went "on location" to plan where key moments in the film might be set and suggest how to transform Redcar into 1940s Northern France.

They worked to create a promotional pack for local TV, complete with a film trailer and advertising poster.

David Major, Redcar and Cleveland ICT adviser for schools, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for children."
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2006
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