A young Heage film enthusiast has just returned from a trip of a lifetime tour of Disney’s Hollywood studios and an exclusive interview with megastar Teri Hatcher.
Elicia Westran, aged 10, found out all about Disney’s new animation film Planes at the Disney Toon Studios in Los Angeles thanks to FILMCLUB - the nationwide education charity which helps UK schools set up and run film clubs encouraging education through film.
The Heage Primary School pupil took on the trip as part of her role as a junior reporter on the FILMCLUB Talent Development programme, which enables members with an exceptional passion for film to more fully experience behind-the-scenes elements of the industry.
The young film buff, accompanied by her mum and a producer from FILMCLUB, got to see where Planes was made and watch a special preview screening of the new action-packed 3D animated movie.
Elicia also interviewed several members of the Planes filmmaking team, including the director, producer art director, casting director, writer, storyboard artists and animators.
She even had the rare opportunity to get behind the microphone in one of the actual recording booths used in the film to try out recording the voice for one of the characters in the film – Dottie, played by actress Teri Hatcher star of Desperate Housewives, Tomorrow Never Dies and The New Adventures of Superman.
And Elicia’s reporting duties didn’t finish there.When she returned to the UK - she was invited to attend the Planes UK press day where she came face-to-face with actress Teri Hatcher
Elicia said : “To put it all in one word, it was really exciting. I learned a lot, and with everything interview I did I learned something new. The most interesting thing was finding out about the animation progress and how it all works and how they got to do it.”
She added; “My teachers are really proud of me, especially Miss Philbin, she’s so excited. They are really happy I represented the school and did such a good job.”
Following the US trip, Elicia got to chat to Teri Hatcher about how she went about voicing an animated character at a London press junket. The young reporter managed to impress the star with her interviewing skills and was told: “You were my favourite interview of the day!”
Elicia said: “When I got in there she was really friendly and kind. I wasn’t scared and she was so nice that I forgot I was on camera and people would be watching me!”