Creative Media students at Rainhill Sixth Form have been treated to Oscar winning opportunities this half term, working alongside 20th Century Fox’s Revis Meeks. Texan born, Meeks, cut her teeth as an apprentice on the global phenomenon ‘Power Rangers’ before working on major TV series such as ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. This half term, she has passed on her experience to Rainhill Sixth Form students, eager to understand what it takes to make their way in the world of film and TV.
Students made a great first impression on Meeks when filming at one of Rainhill’s feeder schools, Nutgrove Methodist Primary School. Guided by their expert mentor, students were able to skilfully capture a visit by a group of Mexican youngsters to the school. The exchange was a vibrant cultural extravaganza with music and dance performances, workshops in banner-making and drama which really tested our film makers skills.
“I was blown away with their professionalism,” Meeks said, after her day on location. “They worked with craft and patience, they showed great maturity and they were also creative. They have excellent teamwork skills and they were lovely with the Nutgrove children. Rainhill students remind me of upper-division university media students in America. I’ve supervised undergraduates at a very good US university, so I feel I can say this.”
John Pout, Rainhill HS Executive Principal added, “We aim to offer Sixth Form students an outstanding enrichment programme, and it’s through people like Revis and partners such as Nutgrove primary that we are able to do so. Our students have already benefitted enormously and can’t wait to get more practical advice on how to develop their skills. We’re grateful to Revis Meeks, and to Ian Rimmer and to Helen Coleman at Nutgrove for making this possible.”
Meek’s generosity did not stop there! On the 4th December 2018, she dropped into Rainhill Sixth Form to work with our Year 12 students again. Leading them in a professional editing workshop, students learnt about innovative industry standard practices and tricks of the trade to enhance their current work and skills for the future.
Let’s hope these experience see one of our Year 12 stars shine as they take their walk to film industry fame.