STUDENTS who hope to crack the film industry were given top tips by the award-winning writer of the Wallace and Gromit series.
Bob Baker, who has won Bafta awards, has contributed as a writer to films starring the animated pair – including The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
He has also written scripts for Doctor Who.
All this week he has been talking to performing arts students about his work and offering advice to any budding writers or producers in question-and-answer sessions.
He has also been helping the students with their projects.
Bob, said: ‘It’s good for them to know how the industry is for real and how it works from the very inside.
‘I’m a writer and a producer so I can cover the whole lot from the writing to the final cut.
‘It gives a nice depth to the students from someone who has worked in the industry.
‘You can tell them what it’s really like. I’m only too happy to do it.
‘The more young people we can get in the business, the better.
‘I can give them some guidance on how to go about it and I’m more than happy to do it.’
Bob’s wife Marie, who has directed musicals and theatre productions at Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre, has also been on hand to give advice about how to break into the acting side of the industry.
And Bob said he has been inspired by the way the students have responded.
‘They have inspired me,’ he said.
‘They have been tremendous. I have been amazed and delighted by their questions.’
Meanwhile, Bob has some tips for budding screenwriters and producers.
‘If they have any ideas, write them down and send them somewhere – that’s what I did,’ he said.
‘They need to find out who to send it to – producers and directors of works. I found the highest person at a TV station.
‘They have got to have the aim and view for what they want to do and keep at it.
‘That has been my main message.
‘I just kept working and kept writing.
‘I think a small percentage of them will be inspired to go on to do writing.
‘I have noticed one or two of them who could really have a go at being professionals.’
Students asked questions about how to get into the industry and how to come up with ideas.
Sianna Lane, 23, who is studying BTEC level 3 performing arts, said: ‘It’s about how he has created scripts onto film and how to develop our future careers.
‘Bob is helping me to create my own play.’