Young South Shields film-maker off to university to continue search for dream career

The film-making group on location, with Ryan in the middle.
The film-making group on location, with Ryan in the middle.

It’s lights, camera, action for a South Shields teenager as he takes a step closer to a dream career as a film-maker.

Ryan Ogden, 18, is to study film production at the University of Salford after making his first solo film, called Boot.

Ryan behind the camera.

Ryan behind the camera.

He was first introduced to film-making at The Customs House, in South Shields, when the weekly group was launched in October 2014.

He took a number of pre and post-production roles over the last three years, leading up to the creation of three-minute film Boot.

The dark comedy centres around a petty thief who breaks into a car and finds more than he bargained for.

It was funded by a £1,000 grant from the Lady Betty Martin Trust, via The Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

We wanted him to go to university with a film of his own that he was proud of

Daniel Clifford

Ryan was supported in his funding application by Daniel Clifford, learning and participation officer at The Customs House, who runs the film-making group.

Daniel said: “The bid was all about getting Ryan prepared for university.

“He’s made a lot of films as part of the group and he’s been instrumental in those films, but this is the first film he’s done by himself. We wanted him to go to university with a film of his own that he was proud of, that he could show to his fellow students and lecturers, so we are very thankful to the Community Foundation and Lady Betty Martin Trust for that.”

The funding was used to buy equipment and enable Ryan to work with screenwriter Gavin Williams and film-maker Chris J Allan.

Ryan, standing, is hoping for a career in film-making.

Ryan, standing, is hoping for a career in film-making.

It will also allow him to enter Boot into film festivals.

He started work on it after finishing his A-levels at Harton Sixth Form, in South Shields, and spent about a month writing, casting, filming and editing the piece.

Ryan, from Marsden, said: “When I was younger I wanted to be an author. That was my big crazy dream. I wanted to write books. When I joined the film-making group, I realised it was all about storytelling, but in a different way and I found that really engaging.”

Ryan will now study on campus at MediaCityUK after gaining two As and a C in A-level English language, English literature and maths respectively.

The Customs House film-making class is on every Thursday during term time, from 5pm to 7pm. It is open to 13 to 19-year-olds at a cost of £3.50 per session. For more, contact Daniel on 0191 427 8193 or email: daniel@customshouse.co.uk.