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London is probably the best city in the world in terms of activities for families and children including lots of free activities and events. We list here lots of initiatives that we believe London Mums and their children from babies to teenagers would enjoy especially at the most entertaining places such as the Science Museum, The V&A, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich, West End shows, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea, SouthBank and so much more.

Met Film School Summer Camps and Courses for Teens

For parents with teenagers, the summer holidays can quickly turn into an arduous challenge revolving around getting said teenager out of bed before noon and making sure they do their washing!  But the months of July and August needn’t be time wasted.  14-17 year olds with an interest in film can enjoy a couple of weeks learning their craft amongst peers and industry leaders at The Met Film School summer camps.

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The Met Film School runs both residential and non-residential summer courses, in the  form of camps and academies, for teenagers with a passion for the world of film.  Non-residential courses are held at the School’s studios in Ealing, with residential courses  taking place at either Marlborough College or Rugby School.

Students will be able to try their hand at a variety of different roles, from directing, editing, cinematography, screenwriting, animation techniques and acting for the camera.  All the equipment they’ll be using wouldn’t be out of place in some of the top film studios in the world.

At the residential summer camps a social programme revolving around film, including movie screenings and creative workshops, will support the in-depth learning experience.  Matyas Bellagamba loved the creative atmosphere at Met Film School, and after doing a weekend workshop in 2009 returned twice more to take part in the met Young Filmmakers Academy, and then last year in the inaugural Met Filmmaking Camp.  He says:

Met Film School Summer Camps IMG_2187“Over the course of the two weeks on the summer camp we got the chance to do pretty much everything that is involved in the filmmaking process, an insight that most young people my age don’t get to experience.  We all got a chance to try our hand at the different aspects of filmmaking, from directing to script-writing to producing, with a bit of specialist training in things like make-up and even fighting choreography.  We got to use industry-standard facilities and software throughout the course.

“For me, the best thing about the experience was that it was professional and a valuable learning experience, but at the same time it was really fun and enjoyable.  It is such a collaborative process working with not only creative fellow students but alongside supportive and enthusiastic tutors who are working in the industry.  From day one we were working on our mini productions with everyone involved in all of the activities.

“The whole experience really helped me feel more independent and become more responsible, and also inspired me to forge a career in filmmaking, which is why I’ll be returning to Met Film School this autumn.”

More information on the Met Film School’s summer courses for young people can be found here: http://www.metfilmschool.co.uk/for-young-filmmakers.aspx

 

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