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6th November 2020

A local film production company and the Hull Maritime project have joined forces to deliver a digital skills programme, with a maritime theme, to young people in Hull.

Nova Studios Ltd, one of the leading film production companies in the north of England, will work with 20 young people to create a short part-animated/part-live-action film telling a mythical interpretation of Hull’s growth and development as a maritime city.

Twenty young people in Hull, aged between 16 and 25, will spend time exploring the city’s built environment and also Hull museums, libraries and galleries. They will gain input from tours, research and access to source materials and objects, using this as inspiration for the work that they produce. They will cover maritime themes such as fishing, life on board, whaling, Hull at war, migration and the settlement of communities in Hull.

Young people will create their own material with a maritime twist

The young people will develop skills in film and animation, written and spoken word, photography, visual art including paintings, illustrations and prints and musical pieces and soundscapes.

Each cohort will contribute to the overall production of content for a final film, as well as creating their own material. Learning digital skills along the way, the young people will also make a genuine contribution to an ambitious creative piece of work which will play a role in promoting Hull’s maritime city status.

Councillor Darren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Nova Studios, a local firm with a track proven record in producing high quality material.

“The creative digital skills programme forms part of a wide ranging activity programme that aims to offer learning, training and employment opportunities linked to Hull’s maritime heritage.

“This is an opportunity for a number of young people to gain a greater understanding of Hull’s maritime heritage and of the collections held by Hull Maritime Museum as well as learning from some of the best in the industry. I’m looking forward to seeing the final pieces of work.”

The young people will learn from some of the best in the country

Nova Studios Ltd is established as one of the North’s leading film production companies. Based in Hull, Nova’s team has grown rapidly in the last two years, and the company is keen to develop new film-making and creative talent.

Nova Director Alan Jones explains he was delighted to be awarded the contract to work with the Hull, Yorkshire’s Maritime City team to work with young, emerging creative talent and produce a new film for the city, he said: “We were heavily involved with the City of Culture bid, producing the film This City Belongs To Everyone - and we think that the Maritime City initiative is great for Hull. We’ve got some exciting ideas that will not only put a new slant on Hull’s maritime story, but working on those ideas with the input of young people will help develop a new generation of digitally creative talent. We can’t wait to get started.”

Work to recruit the first group of young people will start in the coming months.