The Pauline Quirke Academy is a weekend performing arts school, offering tuition for 4-18 year olds for 3 hours every session– and their latest branch is set to open at Parliament Hill School on Sunday 27th April 2014. As well as tuition in Comedy & Drama and Musical Theatre, one of the big draws is the Film & Television module, which offers the chance to explore screen acting and film-making. Students devise, script and storyboard their short films, before embarking on location scouting and rehearsals. They then shoot their films, working just like a professional film crew, with some students acting in a scene whilst others take on the roles of director, camera operator, sound engineer, 1st Assistant Director and so on. It’s a ‘hands on’ approach, with the aim of teaching students the techniques of cinematic storytelling whilst understanding the many different roles on a film or TV set and how these people all work together to create a great piece of work.
The module culminates in a special screening of the projects at a local cinema, where students can enjoy seeing their films up on the big screen with an invited audience of family and friends. PQA have also partnered with Empire Cinemas to create a national film festival where winning student films are shown at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. This exciting event is hosted by Pauline Quirke and gives PQA students the chance to walk down the red carpet in Leicester Square, just like the Hollywood stars.
PQA films have also been selected for film festivals all over the world, including New York, India, Film Nation in London and a recent ‘best film’ win at the Limelight Film Awards for PQA Aylesbury’s short ‘Boy Soldiers.’ Meanwhile PQA Coventry’s film about bullying ‘I Am’ attracted a global audience on YouTube when Lady Gaga’s charity tweeted about it.
Another benefit of the module is the experience it gives to those students who want to audition for professional jobs, through PQA’s exclusive agency, Quirky Kidz. Their knowledge of screen acting techniques means that PQA students can approach TV and film auditions with confidence and many have gone on to win parts in high profile TV shows and film projects as a result.
The opportunities the Film & TV module presents are tremendously exciting, but the ultimate benefit is the life skills it teaches. “Our students love this module partly because of the relevance of the medium, but also because it gives them the chance to improve their communication skills by actually seeing and hearing what they are doing,” says Pauline Quirke.
PQA students also get the chance to perform on a West End stage in one of their specially commissioned shows, enjoy masterclasses in everything from stage combat to magic and are even offered group exams through Trinity College London, at no additional cost to parents. PQA Hampstead & Highgate’s Principal Emma Vincent said, “We’ve got a passionate and experienced team who can’t wait to inspire and enthuse the brilliant young people in this area. We really hope you will join us on this amazing journey!”
Register online for our FREE open day – Sunday 27th April 2014 (1.15-4.30pm)PQA Hampstead & Highgate Parliament Hill School Highgate Road London NW5 1RL www.pqacademy.com