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School Report 2016

Production Designer Ged Clarke visits Prospect

On the 30th June the year 9, 10 and 12 Media Studies students were lucky enough to have the established Production Designer Ged Clarke visit Prospect School. He came to give a talk about his career so far and to answer any questions students had about working in the Film/Media industry.  

The visit was arranged through ‘Intofilm’ and Ged Clarke mentioned that he was keen on visiting Prospect school because he was a former student when the school was called Stoneham Boys School.

Ged Clarke has made his name mainly for advertisements (working on over 200) for brands such as Nike, Pepsi, Guinness and Land Rover and has worked in over 45 countries with well-known celebrities including Kate Moss, Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Harvey Keitel and more recently Adele.

Ged Clarke was the Production Designer on the award winning film ‘The Fall’ (released in 2008). He spoke to the students about the challenges his team encountered such as extreme weather changes and building a giant carriage in India.  With an art background most of his ideas he explained come from paintings and sculpture he has seen in books and at exhibitions. 

It was a very enjoyable visit and gave all the students lots to think about in terms of ways into the industry.  Ged Clarke hopes that he has inspired Prospect students to be proactive about their future careers and take advantage of every opportunity.

By Sam

Didcot Power Station Collapses

On Tuesday 23rd February, the Didcot A power station collapsed; this event occurred at 16:00 and there are initial reports of an explosion. It is known that one person is dead, named Mick Collins.

Since this tragic incident, rescuers have been doing night searches and are using sniffer dogs to locate any remaining survivors. So far, no-one has been found but there are still three missing people. Also, a health and safety investigation has been launched and the Thames Valley Fire Control Service stated that the collapse was a “very severe incident”.

The coal fired power station had been active for 43 years until 2013. The station had six cooling towers measuring 114m in height. The neighbouring plant (Didcot Power Station B) started in 1997 and continues to operate today. Station A was going to be demolished in due course but this collapse was unplanned.

There is still a possibility that the second half of the building could collapse at any moment. The Fire Service said it is very unstable making the rescue mission a greater challenge. This is because the rest of the building has undergone the same process as the part that has collapsed.

The Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton from Thames Valley Police said the service was working very hard to try to determine the cause of the collapse as they are unsure of how it happened.

Picture provided by the BBC

By Krishna & Thomas


Famous magician Paul Daniels dies

At age 77 Paul Daniels dies after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Daniels was known for his magic show on the BBC which ran for 15 years.

On Thursday the 17th of March, he was found dead by his wife, Debbie McGee in his home in Berkshire. His publicist has quoted "Debbie and the family would like to thank everyone for their support and asks that their privacy be respected at this sad time".

In February this year, Paul was diagnosed with a brain tumour and has now passed away peacefully. Initially it was thought that he had a stroke but it was then later discovered that he suffered from inoperable tumour.

Born in Middlesbrough, Paul Daniels gained his magic skills when working in Men`s clubs and soon after this, he made his TV debut on a show called ‘Opportunity Knocks’.

Many people have paid tribute to himincluding Mark Lindsey, Keith Chegwin and Louis Theroux.

Louis Theroux, the man who made a documentary with Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee wrote "RIP Paul Daniels, a thoughtful sceptic, enemy of hucksterism and paranormal flimflam, and gifted magician. My condolences to his family."

By Krishna & Thomas


Indonesia Earthquake

On the 2nd of March 2016, an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.9 struck off the coast of Western Indonesia. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred at 19:49 (which would be 12:49 GMT).

The tremor had a depth of 24km and the epicentre was 805km away from the city of Padang (the capital of Indonesia).

The size and depth of the earthquake caused some stress towards the Indonesian, Thai and Australian national authorities. Tsunami warnings were issued though they were later cancelled in Western Australia due to no confirmation of there actually being a tsunami.

It is apparent that there were two separate earthquakes around two minutes apart. Local residents of Padang were very worried and a pilot named Jusuf Wiwekanada quoted that the earthquake was “Very powerful”. Local media outlets described people rushing out of their houses upon feeling the quake before returning inside. Fortunately, no-one was injured.

It has been reported that telephone communications were down in the Mentawai Island. After the disaster happened warnings were issued more frequently. A more effective tsunami monitoring system has been put up.

Indonesia is part of the Pacific “Ring of fire” which produces high levels of seismic activity explaining the frequent earthquakes.

Image provided by Google Maps

By Krishna and Thomas