Preston student is on track for stardom

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Film maker Stevie Smith is on track for success after his scriptwriting talents were recognised by a leading rail company.

The University of Central Lancashire student’s work will be seen by millions after he won competition set by Northern Rail to come up with a 50 second film script for rail safety and appropriate behaviour while travelling on trains.

The budding screenwriter pitched an idea to highlight the dangers of overhead electric cables on train lines.

After beating off competition from his fellow classmates Stevie will now work with a professional media company to produce the film.

His work will be seen across the North of England in schools, youth groups, colleges, and other educational Institutions as well as being featured on the TV station Life Channel which broadcasts at venues with a large footfall such as GP surgeries and coffee shops.

It means that Stevie’s safety film could potentially be viewed by millions of people.

The 22-year-old screewriting student said: “It’s an amazing feeling to win the competition and know that my script will be brought to life by a professional company and potentially seen by so many people.

He added: “I can’t wait to see the final film and have enjoyed the whole experience of pitching to a genuine industry client.”

The annual competition is organised for UCLan and this is the fifth year in a row that Northern Rail has worked with the university’s screenwriting students to produce safety films that promote key messages.

Previous winning pitches have tackled trespassing on the tracks, fare evasion and drinking alcohol on the train.

David Wilkinson, Community Safety Manager for Northern Rail, said: “At Northern Rail we cover 85 million passenger journeys each year which is a big responsibility.