Teenager makes film about classic Western TV series

FAN Elliot Robinson with a Little House on the Prairie book
FAN Elliot Robinson with a Little House on the Prairie book

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FEW teenagers these days know much about the US television Western Little House on the Prairie.

But sixth form college student Elliot Robinson, 17, was so inspired by his love of the series he made a documentary about it which has already had 27,000 views on YouTube.

Elliot, from Whiteley, made the video in the summer. He said he first got into the series when he was nine after reading about it in a magazine.

Elliot said: ‘I like it because there is a family feeling and in every episode there is a problem which needs to be solved.

‘I wanted to make a documentary because no-one has done one on this before. There are only previous interviews with the cast members.’

Elliot said he wanted to keep making documentaries as a sideline to a future career as an engineer.

He said: ‘I hope to study chemical and petroleum engineering, but I want to make documentaries on the side.

‘I used to do stop-motion editing with wrestling figures.’

Elliot said he had publicised the documentary on the social network Instagram.

He said: ‘I uploaded a photo of a custom Little House On the Prairie phone case that I won through a competition.

‘I also shared little snippets of the documentary.’

He said he spent more than £100 paying someone who he found through the website fiverr.com to narrate the video.

Elliot said he had earned more than £70 from advertisements thanks to the YouTube view, which he planned to use to distribute the video further.

Elliot is now working on a documentary about a singer-songwriter from the 1970s.

Elliot is doing his A-Levels at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, studying chemistry, maths, and media studies.

Little House on the Prairie was originally shown between 1974 and 1983 and featured the Ingalls family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s and 1880s. The show is an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling series of Little House books.