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Terrifyingly talented creative learners

29/10/2015
Coleg Y Cymoedd

A Welsh Halloween attraction has become even spookier thanks to the creepy props provided by talented Art and Design learners.

Aspiring artists and designers from Coleg y Cymoedd used their skills to create realistic scary props including limbs and guts to help create ‘FearFest’, the ultimate Halloween experience in Chepstow.

Level 3 Art and Design learners joined those on the colleges’ university level HND in Creative Production Arts to make ‘Fearfest’ come alive with props to resemble the living dead and mutant maniacs.

‘FearFest’ which terrified visitors in the lead up to Halloween is an immersive and interactive experience featuring live actors, special effects and horrific shocks in its numerous scare zones, all based beside a converted quarry.

As part of working with the nightmarish event learners also had the experience of working with a company based in Pinewood Studios in London who work with production companies for Hollywood blockbusters and provided the sets for the ‘Fearfest’ event.

Nicole Garner 17, from Caerphilly who studies 3D design said: “Being involved on this live project in the industry has been fantastic. The process given me real life experience of working within the creative industries, we had to work as part of a team and hit real deadlines.”

“It was an intimidating brief making high quality props for an interactive live event and working with a company based in Pinewood studios who produce sets, but I have loved every minute of it and it has made me even more determined to follow a career in this area.”

The various props including limbs and tomb stones brought the different elements of the Fearfest experience to life including the gruesome graveyard, the morbid manor and the island of dolls.

Alistair Aston, tutor at Coleg y Cymoedd, said: “Working with Fearfest at the National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been a really positive experience for our learners, enabling them the opportunity to gain an understanding of working on a real life creative industries project.”

“They have worked with a real energy and enthusiasm, creating high quality Halloween props that have been exhibited throughout the event. Working with prestigious companies in the industry on a live brief has provided a real showcase for the talent that is being developed within Coleg y Cymoedd.”

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