Film-making club looking for cinema buffs to sign up

Custom Reels members shooting on location.
Custom Reels members shooting on location.

2016 could be the year for lights, camera, action for young film buffs.

Cinema fans are being invited to join a popular film-making club in South Tyneside.

Custom Reels members shooting on location.

Custom Reels members shooting on location.

Custom Reels is a group for aspiring directors, which meets every week at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields.

Club members have just completed shooting two short films, Clarity and Make Me a Hero, and are preparing to start a new film when they mee5t for the first time this year on Thursday.

Daniel Clifford, who runs the club as part of his role as cultural development officer at the Customs House, said: “Our first meeting of the new term will be about generating ideas and learning how to pitch them.

“We’re aiming to shoot a film without dialogue next season, which will be really interesting, but also a challenge.

We’re aiming to shoot a film without dialogue next season, which will be really interesting, but also a challenge.

Daniel Clifford, Custom Reels

“We welcome people interested in any aspect of film-making – from direction to music making, from animation to camera skills.

“It’s less about the acting side and more about the developing storytelling and film-making skills.”

The club currently has 15 regular members, but has room for another 10 young people to sign up.

Daniel added: “We work hard, but we also have some fun in making some great films.”

Daniel Clifford runs Custom Reels.

Daniel Clifford runs Custom Reels.

The club regularly welcomes special guests including experienced writers, film-makers, musicians and animators.

Previous films made by members have been shown at the Customs House cinema and have also been uploaded to YouTube, where they’ve proved popular.

Daniel said: “One of the films we made this year was shown at the Berwick Film Festival, which was great for all of the young people involved in its making.

“We like to give people the opportunity to try each discipline involved and try something new. We also give people the opportunity to learn from very experienced film-makers.

“We get people joining who look on film-making as an interesting hobby, while others are serious about it as a career.

“I started as a member of a film group at the Customs House and now I’m running one.”

The club is open to young people aged 13 to 19.

Anyone interested in joining should email Daniel at film@customshouse.co.uk

The January 7 meeting will start at the Customs House at 5pm, finishing at 7pm.