Lights, Camera, School: Schoolhill takes centre stage

It was lights, camera, action at Robert Gordon’s College recently, when the Schoolhill campus was transformed into a film set for Tartan Underdog’s 'A Song For Gran'. 

There was a lot of excitement as pupils and staff witnessed their everyday halls, classrooms and playground being transformed into cinematic backdrops. They got a firsthand look at the intricate process of bringing a story to life on the big screen gaining a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of filmmaking. 

Miss Boyne, Principal Teacher of Drama, said: “It is not every day that you get to experience a real life film set in your very own school. I was so excited when James got in touch and wanted to work with Robert Gordon’s for his new feature film. It was such an exciting experience for our pupils both on and off set and I am extremely proud of them all. We look forward to seeing the final edit.”

Varshini (S2), commented: “It was a very fun way to spend my weekend. The director and the crew were very helpful and patient and made sure that everybody was included. I especially loved filming with the masks and the cloaks.

Daniel (S3), added: “It all happened very quickly; one moment Miss Boyne was submitting my audition and the next I was being offered the younger version of the lead role in a movie!! It was probably best that I didn't have much time to think or become nervous. There were a few online table reads and rehearsals before the crew arrived from the USA. The experience of filming was eye-opening and I’ll never watch a movie the same way again. I loved playing a character quite different to my natural personality and I’m really looking forward to seeing the final version, which also includes some of my good friends, next year.”

Finlay (S6), highlighted: “Being on the film set and being a part of the crew was an invaluable experience. It allowed me to cement my career aspirations as a filmmaker and also gave me insight into the roles required on a film set and the development from a screenplay to a feature film. I love watching the director James Rose's methods and his style when approaching the story and I love the help and support James was able to offer me for the future when I apply to University to study filmmaking.”

James Rose, Producer, Tartan Underdog, summarised: “It’s been an honour and a fantastic experience to complete my debut feature film, collaborating with the talented students and staff of Robert Gordon's College. The stunning location served as a captivating backdrop for our story. Working with Daniel, our lead, was a joy, as well as the other students who comprised our cast. We're eagerly looking forward to returning to Aberdeen next year to share our finished project with the school and the wider community. The prospect of future collaborations, including acting, writing, and directing workshops is something we are very enthusiastic about. Thank you so much for your support RGC!”

Thank you to Anna Bartlett Photography for Tartan Underdog and Miss Boyne for sharing some behind the scenes images.