Guerilla Film School

Take six teenagers, and show them how to produce a watchable film in 25 hours.

Easy…simple…like falling off a log…

In early April, Pete Marshall and Pete Rabjohns ran the “Guerilla Film School” in Glenrothes. Music and sound recording techniques were taught by Charlie Jefferson of Eardrum Productions (

Now in it’s second year, this project sets out to teach youngsters how to make their own films using guerilla film-making principles i.e. how to make films when you have no money, equipment, skills or experience.

The course takes place in Glenrothes, and is funded by Glenrothes YMCA-YWCA and the Scottish Arts Council.

One achievement that we’re most proud of, is that two of the students from the project in 2009 have gone on to study Film and Performing Arts at college as a direct result of the course, and were accepted  using the film as portfolio evidence of ability.


As promised, here’s what they’ve achieved. Six kids, aged 14-17. The original brief was to produce a trailer for an imaginary movie – what they actually achieved was far in excess of that, I can only describe it as a condensed film. They wrote, acted and filmed it, including all the music, using guerilla “beg, borrow & steal” techniques in just 25 course hours.

This is part two of the story – the story so far:

Elle is kidnapped off the street, by thugs in the pay of her gangster father “Evil Dad”, as part of a ransom insurance scam. The kidnapping is witnessed by her boyfriend, Leo, who uncovers the plot, and with the assistance of his childhood friend Didi, sets out to rescue her.
During the rescue, Leo starts to come a bit unglued and kills Anatole Zander, one of Evil Dad’s thugs, despite the fact that Zander is unarmed and wounded.
Elle’s rescue is effected with violence, gunplay and explosions. In the final scene of part 1, Leo is arrested by the police for the murder of Zander, Didi & Elle go into hiding from Evil Dad together with Leo’s brother Harry….

The story continues one year later…

You can find out more about the project on the website:

If you’re as impressed with this as we are, please leave a comment below – we’ll make sure it gets back to the kids.


One response

20 01 2012

This is fantastic guys, really well done, I loved the music and the building of tension. Are we going to see the whole film?
I always wanted to do film studies when I was in school and gave up that dream, hope most of you hold onto your dreams.

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