Rabit goes to Hollywood

Well almost the same sort of thing…

I took a school group of Year 11, 12, and 13 students to Alicante’s “>Ciudad de la Luz

It was – without any doubt – the best educational trip I have ever experienced. My students were given a tour of the most up-to-date film and television complex in Europe, which is both an educational establishment offering audio-visual graduate and postgraduate programmes, and a fully fledged film studio complex where the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Carlos Saura can be seen in action, directing productions.

My students were given the excellent opportunity to work as a team, under the supervision of two television professionals, to produce a twenty minute news programme. They used all the professional equipment available in a vacant studio (four cameras including one with auto-cue), with a second team assembled in the production suite, manning sound desk, camera coordination, and direction; with radio communication with the studio.

Within a very short time, a group of motivated students – with no previous experience of television production – had worked as a team to produce a high quality news broadcast. When we came to the playback, the main amusement was watching our student presenter struggling to keep a straight face when the auto cue was too slow (it was being keyboarded in real time in the production room…)

What an amazing educational opportunity. Thank you to the Generalitat de Valencia, sponsors of a really impressive film studio complex and the backers of local students’ bursaries to attend the courses in this state-of-the-art City of Light, where film education meets with the film professionals.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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2 Responses to Rabit goes to Hollywood

  1. Ian Kitchen says:

    Hi G
    good to catch up with your travels, spent all evening reading your blog without any wine to sustain me.I wish you a good and fruitful new year,it seems you are in a good place.
    I miss you on the Camino forum I have no one to argue with!
    sagalouts ( Ian)

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    You have read the entire rabit blogue in one sitting? Excellent effort. That must deserve a house point in your school planner.

    Seriously, though, I am glad you made it here to the rabit blogue, Ian. As you may have realised, I was banned from the Santiago Forum by Ivar because Sillydoll in South Africa decided I was really “Brother David” – a contributor she had apparently argued with. (I know nothing about that.) As ‘Brother Rabit’ sounds a bit like ‘Brother David’, she cleverly put two and two together…

    It’s a great shame, as my classic Camino walk from Worcester to Santiago in 2008 inspired many people. I am now excluded from the Forum by some curious mix-up. Never mind: there are other ways to be a pilgrim online, and my blogue has a steady following now.

    Good to see you here, Ian.

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