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Spooks actor and Eastenders star share industry secrets

Posted on 27/06/2012
Alex Lanipekun with students during a TV filming workshop.

Alex Lanipekun with students during a TV filming workshop

There were shouts of “lights, camera, action” at Royal Holloway, University of London last week, as celebrated TV stars held a day of exciting media workshops for school children and sixth-formers.

Spooks actor Alex Lanipekun taught the students from schools and Colleges across the South East the art of directing, offering them the chance to get behind the camera and film a scene in the College’s TV studio. The students got to grips with the lighting, discussed the importance of continuity between takes and were put under pressure during live filming.

Actors Chucky Venn aka Ray Dixon in Eastenders and Roger Griffiths, who starred alongside Lenny Henry in Chef!, held acting classes and shared some secrets of the trade and BBC News reporter Ayesha Buksh lead a workshop on news reporting where students researched, wrote and filmed their own news reports.

Speaking after the event, Alex Lanipekun said: “I had a great day at Royal Holloway, conducting workshops with excited and engaged students, from diverse backgrounds. The staff support was excellent and I look forward to working with the team again soon.”

The day proved a success with the students, who loved the chance to meet the actors and gain a behind the scenes insight into the TV industry.

Janine Sabbagh, a teacher from Beechwood School, said: “This was a fabulous opportunity for our students. They thoroughly enjoyed their day, and managed to bring back signatures and photos of the Eastenders actor.”

Anne-Marie Obertelli from the Media Studies Department at Feltham College, added: “The day offered a fantastic opportunity for a mixed-ability group, offering skills and an experience of industry level media first-hand. It was a wonderful end to a theory and note based year on the media industry with real life experiences which each student really enjoyed. My whole group was invigorated and enthused by all they did and saw, and were eager to tell others in the sixth form about how fabulous the whole university experience was.”


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