October 28, 2021


Shopping Works Wonders

Stortford teenager Matt exorcises his Covid worries in thought-provoking short film

Like most younger men and women, the coronavirus lockdowns strike teenager Matthew Goodeve challenging, but the germ of an strategy from his variety trainer proved a turning issue.

Matt, seventeen, of Gilbey Avenue, Bishop’s Stortford, had always beloved the cinema expertise and was a common visitor to the town’s Empire Cinema, and that led to him generating his 1st film at the age of 11.

He explained to the Indie that his 1st movie, concentrating on anti-bullying and that includes his mum and brother, was “awful”, but he had obtained the bug.

He had presently sampled the pleasure of doing following signing up for the town’s Phoenix theatre college at the tender age of four and that led to him using to the phase at the previous Rhodes Arts Elaborate as Fat Sam in Phoenix’s 2018 creation of Bugsy Malone. He was also concerned driving the scenes in the Elegance and the Beast panto at the South Road venue.

Quickly ahead to 2020 and, with the whole world struck by the pandemic, pupils like Matt located by themselves in a terrible limbo, with educational facilities out and friendships on maintain.

“It was challenging for all of us,” claimed Matt, who attends Saffron Walden County Higher School. “I was seriously battling.”

Gilbey Avenue, Bishop’s Stortford. Youthful Film maker Matt Goodeve. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (45001662)

It was then that his variety trainer urged him to do a thing all through the February half-expression and arrived up with the strategy of him generating a film about his expertise with Covid.

“The 7 days ahead of half-expression I was on it 24/7 – I expended hrs and hrs performing on the film,” claimed Matt.

“At the start out I was contemplating I may well film my family members executing practically nothing, but I always get my contemplating cap on.”

He mused what men and women would imagine if in 15 years’ time they saw a film someone had produced about Covid-19 and a small gem “Ashes – A Visible Expression” was developed.

Matt filmed scenes close to his home city, commencing with a lone runner pounding the streets, with a soundtrack of a information bulletin asserting the lockdown.

The announcement from Boris Johnson powerful men and women to “remain home and preserve life” is the track record to additional scenes ahead of we listen to the Queen’s information of hope. The film ends with her now famed assertion: “Much better days will return – we will be with our buddies once more, we will be with our families once more, we will meet once more.”

Matt, who was showcased in the Indie final April following he lit up his family’s front yard pine tree with blue lights in honour of the NHS, claimed the film had to have a beneficial information.

“The whole information is it can be likely to get improved,” he extra, and it produced an impact on him that he was not expecting.

“I produced a film with a information that I seriously ought to have been telling myself,” claimed Matt.

Some sort of normality returned with college pupils likely again to the classrooms previously this month and Matt can now glimpse ahead to his upcoming. He is hoping good results in his A-stage topics of film experiments, media experiments and photography can direct to a position at The Monitor and Film School in Brighton.

In the meantime, on return to college his classmates were being praiseworthy of the film and his trainer was seriously amazed.

And if that may well be seen as encouragement to Matt he claimed it was by no means needed. “I really don’t need any encouragement – I imagine about my movies all the time. While other men and women are playing games online, I’m exploring and performing on my techniques.”

You can see Matt’s film Ashes – A Visible Expression by examining him out on YouTube.