Evening Times

HI GHOUL MOVIE

Govan ghost film will be class act

- By DEBORAH ANDERSON

GRISLY ghouls and bloodied zombies are just some of the gory sights you may have seen shuffling around one of Glasgow’s most historic landmarks.

But these fierce look- ing creatures were – thankfully – young actors shooting the final scenes of a horror movie set at Govan’s civic hub, the Pearce Institute.

A total of 15 pupils from Govan High and Bellahoust­on Academy joined forces to make their movie debut and You’ve Been Spooked is now being edited by the youngsters.

It is hoped the five - minute short film about zombies and featuring the South Side building will premiere at the Glasgow Film Theatre early next year.

Community film production company, Plantation Production­s, based in Govan Road, has been helping the team through the process.

After taking part in workshops and a residentia­l drama and film course, the youngsters who are in the third to fifth-year stage at school developed their ow n script surroundin­g a mystery when a dance team go missing at a competitio­n.

Among the venues used was Pollok House, also in the South Side, and the Pearce Institute which was taken over by ghouls and zombies for the movie’s climax.

David Caldwell, developmen­t and outreach worker with Plantation Production­s, said: “From script to screen the youngsters have been in charge of the project.

“It has been great to see them become so creative and they have been full of ideas.

“It is a comedy-horror with a twist and for the final scenes the young actors and a few of us were dressed up as horror creatures.”

The youngsters had a budget of £1,000 to make the movie.

The cash was set aside to pay for costumes, make-up artists as well as catering on location.

The group will now spend time editing the short film and will eagerly await its screening in the New Year.

Script writer and director Sharon Murray, 14, who is i n third year at Govan High School, said: “Ih ave never done anything like this before.

“We spent a weekend on workshops which covered everything about film-making.

“The idea was we were in a creepy castle and it gave us a lot of ideas.

“Now it has all been shot we will start editing the film and I am really excited about seeing it on the big screen.”

Fellow pupil Scot Morrison, also 14, had a role behind the camera.

Scorsese wannabe Scot said excitedly: “I have been involved in cinematogr­aphy and it has been great to see it all come to gether from various angles.

“The film industry is definitely an area in which I would like to become involved in the future.”

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It’s frights, camera, action as the scary shoot gets under way
 ??  ?? Blood-curdling cries were heard in the Pearce Institute set before the You’ve Been Spooked pupils’ spirits were lifted with some post-filming fun
Blood-curdling cries were heard in the Pearce Institute set before the You’ve Been Spooked pupils’ spirits were lifted with some post-filming fun

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