25th September 2001

 

STUDENT FILM-MAKER TO SHOOT GOVERNMENT VIDEO

 

A Lincoln media student who runs his own video production company has been commissioned to produce a promotional video for a Sure Start project in his home town of Ipswich.

 

Darius Laws (19), who studies Media Production at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, will shoot and edit a ten-minute video for the project, one of scores of Government-run schemes which aim to tackle child poverty and social exclusion.

 

Darius and former schoolmate Nick Woolgar, now a Film Production student at the University of Westminster, make up Capel Productions based in Ipswich.

 

“Nick and I will travel to Ipswich one day a week to shoot the video and then we’ll get together in Lincoln over Christmas to edit it all together,” said Darius, who also works part-time as external affairs officer at the ULH Students’ Union.

 

“The whole video should be finished by January next year.”

 

Darius and Nick first produced videos together when they were students at Colchester Sixth Form College. To date they have made promotional videos for their college and for the client of a local yacht company, and they have also produced a number of fictional narratives.

 

The company has recently been contacted by the producers of Channel Four’s ‘Adam and Joe Show’ and may see one of its films screened in the autumn as part of the programme’s ‘Takeover TV’ slot.

 

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Note: Sure Start is a cornerstone of the Government’s strategy to tackle child poverty and social exclusion. By 2004 there will be at least 500 Sure Start local programmes concentrated in neighbourhoods where a high proportion of children are living in poverty.

 

The government invested £452 million in Sure Start during the period from 1999/2000 to 2001/2002.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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