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Truro woman draws on her pupils at Cornwall Dance School to shoot art film to be entered in the Cornwall Film Festival

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

By Chris Matthews

  • Georgia Wallis, Isobel Keat, Georgia Coterill and Milly Lytham with Ellie Ringrose and Georgina Clarkson.

  • Georgia Wallis, Isobel Keat, Georgia Coterill and Milly Lytham with Ellie Ringrose and Georgina Clarkson at the Burrell Theatre in Truro, where they were making the film 'Natura'. Ref:TRJJ20140110A-001_C

  • Make-up student Ceri Hillman works on Georgia Wallis's make-up at the Burrell Theatre in Truro.

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A TRURO dance teacher has drawn on her contacts to create an art film that she hopes to enter in the Cornwall Film Festival.

Lisa McNally, head of the Cornwall Dance School, handpicked six of her students aged 15 and 16 and called in help from an assortment of contacts to create the film Natura.

With Geoff Mason Brown, who shot the film, she enlisted help from professional hairstylists, nail technicians, lighting and sound experts and even a composer, all of whom are from Cornwall and were willing to give up their time to help the project.

She said the film, shot in a single day on Sunday, aimed to provide the students with vital filming experience that would stand them in good stead for their future endeavours.

Ms McNally said: "We want to create memories for everyone involved and provide the youngsters with skills that they can use later in life and put on their curriculum vitae or university applications.

"When we were filming we had one chance to get it right and overall it couldn't have gone any better, which is a testimony to the hard work of everyone involved.

"I've been so lucky that so many talented professionals have been willing to give up their time to work on this project," she said.

"We had the smallest of budgets and there's no way we'd have been able even to get to the point of filming were it not for the help we've received."

Ms McNally, 25, took over the Cornwall Dance School in August 2012 and has since seen its student roll increase from 25 to 130.

After the success of Natura, she said, she now intended to work on a similar project with her next batch of pupils.

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