Sheffield newshound Carly teams up with lizard for award

Carly Royles with animal trainer Trevor Smith.
Carly Royles with animal trainer Trevor Smith.
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BUDDING Sheffield newshound Carly Royles linked up with a lizard as part of her latest assignment for education charity Filmclub.

The 11-year-old Meadowhead pupil interviewed top animal trainer Trevor Smith and his scaly sidekick during a trip to the capital.

Trevor has worked on films such as Mission Impossible, St Trinian’s, Batman and Goldeneye.

The youngster quizzed the expert about the tricks and challenges involved in training animals to appear on screen - and gained first hand experience of handling some of the animals he works with.

It was Carly’s second big Filmclub challenge in a matter of weeks – recently she interviewed Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn as part of a feature on the workings of Parliament.

She said: “It was really really fun and I particularly enjoyed all the animals. I was nervous beforehand but when I started I just got into it, and Trevor was really nice.

“The lizard and the snake were my favourite bits, they were amazing!”

Also involved was Woodseats Primary pupil Maddie Hall, 11, who interviewed costume designers Vin Burnham and Keith Lodwick.

Vin has worked on films including The Fifth Element and Lost In Space, while Keith is also curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Hollywood costume exhibition.

Maddie asked the pair about the challenges of designing costumes for films, what their role involves and why the art of costume is being celebrated in the new V&A exhibition.

She said: “I met some amazing costume designers.

“It made me realise how important costume design is because you don’t usually think about the costumes in a film but it is actually really important. It was an awesome experience.”

Both girls were selected from hundreds of applicants to be young reporters for Filmclub and have received special training as part of its Talent Development Scheme.