Thank you to our wonderful Head of Media Studies Lawrence Mikkelsen who has once again provided our senior Media students with a fabulous trip to Hollywood during the holidays. The experience gave our students the opportunity to see how the Hollywood film industry works first hand, to be on a film set, to get a chance to use (expensive) pro gear, and also to see first-hand the actual shooting locations used in a number of the Noir and Horror films they study.
The trip began with a hike up the Hollywood hills to get a scenic view of the vast Los Angeles city, and then down via the Griffith Observatory, which features prominently in the films Rebel Without a Cause and La La Land. That evening they were fortunate to be able to attend a Film Noir double feature at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd as part of their annual Noir Festival.
Other highlights included a guided tour of the Warner Brothers studio backlot, a filmmaking workshop at the LA campus of the New York Film Academy, a day at Universal Studios, a cycle tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach, and a bus tour of locations used in John Carpenter’s classic Halloween and other famous horror locations. The group was also able to spend a day in Downtown LA, checking out two amazing galleries - the Broad and the Museum of Contemporary of Art - as well as experiencing the locations of many classic noir films such as the beautiful Bradbury Building used in Blade Runner and the Angel’s Flight funicular used in Kiss Me Deadly.
Finally the group travelled south to Anaheim, where they went to that most American of activities - a baseball game. The Los Angeles Angels played the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium. The last two days were spent at Disneyland.
Based on the enthusiastic feedback from all the students who came along, the trip was a huge success and full of authentic learning experiences. Mr Mikkelsen is looking forward to taking another group of Year 12s and 13s in 2020.
Thank you also to teachers Alix Coleman, Clare Linzey and Andrew Thompson who accompanied the students and made the trip possible.