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VIDEO:Madron children's author turns to filmmaking for national competition

By CMChloe  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

Madron children's author turns to filmmaking for national competition

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A Madron man has turned his hand from story-writing to filmmaking to enter a national competition.

Orson Cornick, creator Children’s Union of Bears World, usually writes books about teddy bears which come to the rescue of children.

However the dad-of-three decided to enter reed.co.uk Short Film Competition 2014, which if successful could see him secure a £10,000 prize and a chance to see his debut feature on Channel 4.

Shot in Penzance and Cape Cornwall, the three minute film, She Sells Seashells, captures a young girl who is in trouble- but leaves the viewer to determine her story.

“I always dreamed of my books being made in to a film. I thought I’d do this and see what the reaction is,” said Orson.

“It is the first film I have ever done. We didn’t spend much time on it. I’ve had two or three weeks to develop the story, film it and edit it.”

The theme for this year’s competition is 'Family Business', which is apt as Orson's four-year-old daughter Anouk plays the main character in the story.

Orson said Cornwall, where he sets his story books, also provided the perfect canvas from which to create the short film.

More than 500 entries to the competition will be judged and shortlisted to 12 in March.

Orson added: “I really loved doing it. I will just be happy to be shortlisted. It would be great recognition for what my daughter and I done.”

The winning entry will receive £10,000 and a place on a filmmaking course, with runners up receiving £1,000.

Orson welcomes comments on his film at ocornick@yahoo.com.

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