Students praised for film showcasing Portsmouth

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Highbury College students have been praised for a film they made to showcase Portsmouth at an exhibition in Israel.

The film was made by media students Jasmyne Brown, Lorna Morgan and Poppy Sturgess and was shown at an exhibition in Haifa, Portsmouth’s twin city in Israel, last November.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Frank Jonas, who is also president of the Haifa-Portsmouth Friendship Link, said: ‘The film was very well received at the exhibition and I found it inspirational. Having lived here all my life, I can see they managed to capture the essence of the city. ’

The film may now be used on cruise ships and tourist information websites. It was produced as part of Highbury’s learning company initiative, in which students take on external commercial projects to complement their studies at college. The aim is to give students the entrepreneurial skills and mind-set they need to succeed in employment or to start their own business.

Jasmyne, 18, who is studying a BTEC Level 3 in media said: ‘I think it’s definitely more beneficial to take part in this kind of practical project.

‘You get a better eye for what things look like on film because you are out and about, filming in different lighting and weather conditions.’

The video was so successful that the group already have their next project lined up. Building contractors Warings saw the film and have offered the students a contract to produce a promotional video for them.

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