In 2007, BBC Radio Leicester worked with CBBC, encouraging local yougsters to come into the BBC Leicester Open Centre to create films from scratch. Over the summer, more than one hundred children took part, all playing hands-on roles.
Here is my Creative Producer at that time, Keran Poonia, explaining how DV cameras worked. Keran took the lead role in this project, producing ten complete short films in ten weeks.
After the confines of Epic House, it was great to be able to welcome people to a really amazing building.
The children who took part, each spending a full day with us, were amazingly creative and great fun to work with. I once found a young boy lying on the floor covered in what looked like blood and bandages. It was, however, merely make-up for a horrror film, having raided our cafe for tomato sauce and our first aid box for bandages!
Some of the young directors explored beyond the studios for appropriate sets, using the surrounding buildings. This is the garden of Wygston's House, opposite 9 St Nicholas Place.