Movie ex­tra be­comes film-maker

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­ A univer­sity stu­dent has been in­spired to make his own film af­ter work­ing as an ex­tra in sev­eral Hol­ly­wood block­busters.

Sammy Har­ris, 23, from Hoth­field, found work as a tele­vi­sion ex­tra while study­ing soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of West­min­is­ter.

As well as se­cur­ing him­self reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on TV drama Holby City, he has fea­tured in ma­jor films in­clud­ing Les Mis­er­ables, Jack the Gi­ant Slayer, Fast Girls and Rush. Mr Har­ris, of Com­mon Way, Hoth­field said: “Each time I’m there I’m more in­ter­ested in what’s go­ing on be­hind the cam­eras and learn­ing about the film-mak­ing process.

“I’ve wanted to make my own film pretty much as long as I’ve been in­volved in ex­tra work. Af­ter see­ing how it’s done, I wanted to do it my­self.”

The for­mer Chaucer Tech­nol­ogy pupil has rubbed shoul­ders with a stars in­clud­ing Ewan McGre­gor and Hugh Jack­man, who he met on the set of Les Mis­er­ables while play­ing a French sol­dier. He said: “I was pulling this can­non along and Hugh Jack­man came over and gave me a Lot­tery scratch­card.

“It was quite sur­real. He was just giv­ing them out to any­one he thought was work­ing hard.”

Mr Har­ris is draw­ing from his film ex­pe­ri­ences to cre­ate his own short film called Derelict, a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic sci-fi hor­ror film. It will fea­ture a group of sur­vivors walk­ing across Hoth­field heath­lands af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing alien in­va­sion, who en­counter a mys­te­ri­ous man liv­ing alone on the edge of some wood­land.

The young film-maker has al­ready se­cured the ser­vices of two ac­tors – stunt­man Alan Bond and mu­si­cian Ja­son Rhodes – but he is look­ing for a dozen ex­tras from the Ash­ford area for film­ing in Au­gust.

Mr Har­ris is search­ing for suit­able lo­ca­tions, par­tic­u­larly any cot­tages or houses in or around wood­land in the bor­ough, and is also look­ing for fund­ing hav­ing raised £266 of the £2,000 through the Kick­starter web­site. He hopes to en­ter the short film into the Lon­don In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val.

To make a do­na­tion or for more in­for­ma­tion go to www. dere­lict­

Hugh Jack­man as Jean Val­jean in Les Mis­er­ables

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