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Published 29th Jul 2011

Sean Collins and Hannah Prince with one of their creative film sets at Cleveland and College of Art and Design

Young designers have been blown away by a film shoot about the war time air raids on a North Yorkshire resort.

Cleveland College of Art and Design BA entertainment design crafts students Sean Collins and Hannah Prince secured work experience helping to create the set of the World War I drama The Other Child.

Adapted from the best selling novel by Charlotte Link, the two part film for German television is due to be released next year.

It tells the story of a group of young evacuees who are sent away to spend most of the war in Scarborough.

Hannah Prince, 18, originally of Scarborough, who is currently living in Hartlepool, said: “It was brilliant to get a chance to work on a real live film set and to get a taste of what it’s all about. It was even better that it was about my home town.”

Film company Teamworx scoured the country to find a suitable location – a street that could be made to look half demolished and burned out from bombing raids.

Buchannan Street in Stockton was selected as its rows of terraced houses are soon to pulled down, providing the ideal location.

Sean, 24, of Middlesbrough, said: “We were involved in setting up the scene for the bombing raid. We had to move rubble and timber around and eight tonnes of sand and it all had to be done artistically.

“We even had to cut pieces of plastic to make them look like shattered glass; the attention to detail was incredible.”

The first year students were able to work with the film crew for two days and managed to establish valuable contacts in the industry.

Sean said: “For me it was amazing to seeing what goes on in film sets. It’s really important for us to get this experience now so we can decide what to do in the future and the college really encourages this.”

Hannah said: “The designers were so appreciative of our work and it was so exciting to work with them – and they were really good at giving us advice about the industry which was brilliant.”

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