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Enterprising Leamington film students launch production company

16 June 2021
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Two Leamington film students have launched their own production company and are already securing work across the region.

Adam Hasan, 22, and Lily Shepherd, 22, have set-up Purple Light Film Productions whilst studying for their BA Honours in Digital Film Production at Royal Leamington Spa College (part of WCG).

The duo has already been commissioned to produce music videos for local artists and have also been approached by local businesses, one being a commercial Barbers shop, to shoot promotional videos.

Recently the pair have worked on music videos for Lil $heep, Josh Holmes, and are in production at the moment with a short called; Smoking Dogs ready for the festival circuit and a documentary called BLM, BAME, the system: A conversation.

To move with technical innovation, Purple Light has recently purchased a drone to support with its future projects and is in the process of acquiring a commercial drone pilot license.

Lily, from Coventry, said: “There is a great creative community in Leamington and across the region, we’re building strong relationships with people in the community and this should give us good foundations to grow the company.

“We’re looking to set ourselves apart and that’s why we are looking to move into drone filming. Once we get our flight licence this will take us up another level.”

Adam, from Banbury, added: “It’s a great way for us to gain more experience and build our portfolios. The freelance market is very busy but we’ve had a great start and attracted some great clients to work with us.

“Our tutors have been incredibly supportive and helped us with any queries we have. The production company gives us a great platform to showcase the skills we have developed in the course.

“We were studying one day at the college and learning the ins-and-outs of marketing in the Pitching and Promoting Module. After some advice from our tutor, we went away and decided to set-up Purple Light Film Productions.”

Claire Lapworth, subject leader for film and media at Royal Leamington Spa College, said: “We encourage our students to use their skills for extra-curricular activity wherever they can and the creation of Purple Light Productions is a perfect example.

“The beauty of a course such as the BA Honours in Digital Film Production at Leamington provides students with full support to develop production and digital businesses such as Purple Lights due to our small student numbers combined with consistent access to tutors and equipment.

“Adam and Lily are in the final year of their course with us and have been fantastic since joining us, they are proactive and always willing to take advice, be that creatively or regarding their business.

“We look forward to seeing more work from their new production company in the future and will follow their development closely in the future.”

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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