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American filmmaker chooses Ellesmere Port as film set

January 17, 2013

American film maker Jona Frank recruited the help of a West Cheshire College tutor and student when she came over to Ellesmere Port to film a documentary.

Performing arts tutor Steve Lawson was enlisted to help Jona with her book Over the Water which is a photographic study of people from Ellesmere Port, including local boxer Paul Butler.

The book, which focuses on British Youth Culture has now developed into a short film which follows Paul’s preparations for him winning the British Super- Flyweight title.

Steve said: “The book is about the choices young people make and how that sets their life on a certain course. Paul is a perfect example as he has dedicated his life to boxing since he was 10 and has won National Amateur titles, represented Great Britain and won the British Super-Flyweight title.

“It is fantastic that Jona has chosen Ellesmere Port as the subject of her book and film, as it highlights the many interesting and inspirational people who live and work in the town.”

Film and TV media production student at West Cheshire College, Sam Barker, was given the opportunity to work with a professional film crew as an assistant during the shoot.

Sam, 16, from the Wirral, said: “When my tutor gave me the opportunity to work on the filming, I snapped it up as I knew it would be a fantastic experience. I did a variety of jobs including helping out with the lighting and assisting the sound operator and generally observing the filming.

“I learnt a lot from being on set and the film crew gave me a lot of advice on how to achieve my career goals. After finishing my course I either want to go to university or get a job as a runner and work my way up to become a director.”

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