Seevic students meet award-winning filmmaker
Friday, 20 May 2016
Art and Media students at Seevic College are joining with an award-winning artist and filmmaker on her latest project set in the Thames Estuary.
Eelyn Lee is currently researching and developing a new moving image project called Monster in the Estuary.
Taking inspiration from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Eelyn is gathering together local people’s stories of fear and hoping to create a monster story set along the banks of the river.
Students will be helping to shape the development of the project in a workshop run at the college’s campus in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, on Thursday, May 26 where Eelyn will be piloting some workshop ideas.
They met with Eelyn who explained her plans and spoke to the group about her experiences of producing short films.
She said: “It is inspired by Frankenstein and I’m looking at locating a piece of work in the landscape of the Thames Estuary.
“I am planning to collect local stories of fear associated with the Estuary.
“The idea is you don’t see the monster but it is made up of fragments of different people’s fears.”
Student Daniel Potter, who is studying level 3 Art and Design, said he found the talk fascinating and was hoping to get involved with the workshop.
He said: “I have considered going into filmmaking - either that or architecture.
“I have always been interested in the processes of making film especially in the horror genre.
“I am interested in film but I haven’t had a starting point, this could be it.”
Eelyn is currently working with arts group METAL based at Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park, near Southend.
The organisation is supporting Eelyn with the development of Monster in the Estuary through a series of Artist’s Residencies at Chalkwell Hall. Metal will premiere Eelyn's new work at the inaugural Estuary 2016, a festival celebrating the Thames Estuary [17 Sept - 2nd Oct].
As part of her research, Eelyn will be collecting stories of fear associated with the river by engaging with five sites along the estuary: Old Leigh, Tilbury Docks, Canvey Island and Benfleet Creek, Southend Pier and Shoebury.
Tad Blower, Programme Area Manager for Creative and Performing Arts, said getting working artists in to speak to students about their experience in the industry was invaluable.
He said: “The Creative Arts area at Seevic really focuses on developing student confidence, and an inherent desire to be successful in the creative industries.
“Where possible we encourage students to work with artists and designers, or design companies.
“We are really lucky to have such an influential arts organisation like METAL on our door step, and have great relationship with them.
“To have our students working alongside such an established and recognised artist/film-maker as Eelyn is such a fantastic opportunity. It’s a very exciting project that our artists, film-makers and media make-up students are all hoping to get engaged with.”