University of Central Lancashire graduate shortlisted to top gong

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Hollywood beware.

Aspiring film maker Lauren Clark is bringing a touch of the movie capital to Preston.

STAR: Lauren Clark at the RTS North West Awards.

STAR: Lauren Clark at the RTS North West Awards.

The University of Central Lancashire graduate has been nominated for a national student media prize.

The film and TV screenwriting scholar has made the Undergraduate Open category shortlist of the Royal Television Society’s Student Television Awards.

She is up against two other people for the highly prestigious industry prize.

Lauren was selected for her short film LA Larry, which is about a man who brings his sunny Los Angeles disposition to the people and streets of Preston.

The 23-year-old pitched the idea, wrote the script and directed the action – both in Preston and LA.

She actually won the won the North West prize in February, and has just been told she is in the running for the national title.

Lauren said: “I was very surprised when I found out I’d been shortlisted for the national prize.

“I was very happy to make it on to the North West list and to win that was fantastic so this is brilliant.

“I’m really excited to go to London to see the other nominees’ films.”

The film was shot partly in and around Ashton in Preston, including the dock area and city centre and contrasted with the sunny beaches and bar areas of LA.

“It was my lecturers Bill McCoid and Sarah Evans that arranged the trip to LA where I made half of the film.

“It was all funded for by UCLan which was a fantastic opportunity.

She added: “I was lucky enough to go with an amazing bunch of people that worked really hard on all the films we made.”

The judges of the North West award said chose LA Larry because they “felt it was humorous, had good characters that contrasted Preston with the sunshine of LA”.

Lauren is currently working for the charity Care2Save and is one of the writers and project co-ordinators of the Blackout Project team, which is a feature film set to be made in Preston this summer.

The Student Television Awards celebrate the most outstanding student television work produced during the 2013/2014 academic year.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan, on Friday at the BFI Southbank, in London.

The nominated films will be by Sky, with highlights from the ceremony.