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Aspiring film makers from Rastrick have finished runners up in a BBC Radio 5 live short film competition.

In the week the BAFTA nominations were announced, the team of Guy Walker, Patrick Murray and Davinder Singh entered the ‘Well Done U’ competition on the BBC Film Review show hosted by Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode.

Filmmakers aged 16 and over had to produce a two-minute, original, interesting and technically capable short film which in the opinion of the presenters production team would fit the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) for a Universal or ‘U’ certificate.

Guy, 28, of Woodhouse Lane, who was co-writer of the film entitled ‘crisis management’ said the friends have always had a passion for making films.

“We started a couple of years ago and posted a film on You Tube before we heard about the competition,” said the former Rastrick High School pupil.

“It was great just to get shortlisted. I had people ringing me saying they had seen the clip on BBC News and Davinder had someone in Huddersfield recognise him from the video.”

Well Done U saw the judges consider creativity, technical competency and how well the film achieves what the makers set out to do in their written summary.

The film could have been of genre and style and the entry had to be completely original with no commercial video, music or stills included.

In the video, Guy plays the role of a man about to be interviewed for job when he is left in the room and everything starts to go wrong.

Davinder, 29, of Bradley Road, played the role of the interviewer and produced the film while Patrick, of Rastrick, co-wrote and directed the film.

The friends have know each other since their days at high school and went on to study at the University of Huddersfield.

“We have always had aspirations to do filming and to finish runners up in this competition was beyond anything we cold have dreamed of when we first started,” added Guy who works at the Sainsburys supermarket on Bradford Road, Brighouse.

“It has given us more confidence and we will hopefully be looking to create more films in the near future.”

The eventual winner of the competition was called Pong and was created by Philip Chidell.


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