Filmmaker lives Hollywood dream

Greg Saxton in Hollywood
Greg Saxton in Hollywood
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A budding Sheffield screenwriter swapped the Steel City for the City of Angels, after winning a prestigious competition to shoot his own film in Hollywood.

Greg Saxton, aged 25, from Sheffield, spent a week in California shooting the film, after swiping a place on the University of Central Lancashire project after successfully pitching his script.

Greg, a script writing student at the university, shot his film called Lost, attended the Los Angeles film festival and acted in a film.

He said it was an ‘amazing’ experience that had “whet his appetite to work in the film industry.”

He added: “It was just a phenomenal experience. Shooting and directing on Venice Beach was one of the highlights, but just being there was amazing. Being in that atmosphere, in that city was phenomenal.

“I got some great footage, which I’m editing now back in the UK.”

The Five Thousand Miles project, was attended by eight other students and took place in Hollywood.

The project was organised by two UCLan lecturers, Bill McCoid and Sarah Evans, who wanted to take their students to the heart of the film industry.

The film Lost, was written and directed by the ex-Meadowhead School student.

It will be premiered at a special screening in Preston this Autumn.

Greg added that he was also hoping to find a venue in Sheffield where he can show his film.

He said: “Being from Sheffield, it’d be great to show it there. We’re hoping the Showroom would be interested.”

Greg and the other aspiring Spielbergs kept in touch on social media and posted updates and photos on their Facebook pages.

Their updates included reports from meetings with director Jonathan Holiff and movie star Michael Cera.