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Students from Stoke on Trent College have had the chance to see the fruits of their labours this week with the local release of a new sci-fi blockbuster.

Make up students from the college were enlisted to create special effects on the set of “The Girl With All The Gifts” when part of it was filmed in Stoke on Trent.

Producers contacted the college to invite students, who studied on the colleges theatrical and special effects make-up course, to help create “hungry” looks and zombies that feature in the post-apocalyptic thriller.

Based on M.R. Carey’s best-selling novel The Girl With All The Gifts, which he has adapted for screen, the sci-fi film is set in a dystopian future in which most of humanity is wiped out by a fungal infection. It centres on Melanie, a girl who is kept in a cell and is full of questions about the world.

Rachel Ogilvie-Lea, Make-up Lecturer at Stoke on Trent College, said: “This was a unique and fantastic opportunity for the students who were very excited and privileged to be approached to take part.

“Throughout the course we focus on creating make-up designs for both stage and screen, across a wide-range of themes. This allowed the students to use what they have learnt, working alongside industry experts.

“It was an experience they could learn from and take with them in their chosen careers.”

The Girl With All The Gifts is on at cinemas around the area.


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