Northbrook College students rub shoulders with film stars

Film students at Northbrook College. Kyle Whittington.
Film students at Northbrook College. Kyle Whittington.
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STUDENTS from Worthing have been given the chance to brush shoulders with Hollywood A-listers by making costumes and helping design film props.

Ten theatre arts students from Northbrook College spent two weeks working in Elstree studios on Last Days on Mars – a £9 million science fiction film due out in cinemas next year.

The prop making and special effects degree students travelled to Hertfordshire to work alongside professional prop makers who are credited with box office blockbusters such as the Harry Potter movies, Thor and Prometheus.  

Directed by Oscar nominee Ruairi Robinson, Last Days on Mars follows a group of astronaut explorers who succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

The students assisted with the manufacture of a large fibreglass cast of a sci-fi vehicle main cabin, including all of the internal details.

Dan Jenkins, course leader for theatre design at the college, said: “The experience has had an incredible effect on the students and they have become even more focused on their coursework.”

Following their work on Last Days on Mars, five of the college’s foundation degree costume design and realisation students were given work experience on the Marvel film Thor 2, working alongside the main costume team.

Two prop making first-year students also had a paid placement on All you Need is Kill at Leavesdon studios – a film starring Hollywood legend Tom Cruise.