An award-winning County Durham filmmaker has started shooting his new horror short.

The cast and crew of The Devil's Stone spent a day at The Witham, Barnard Castle's vibrant Arts Centre, as filming started.

The Devil’s Stone is the central feature of the landscaped area outside the council offices in the centre of Crook.

It is called the Devil’s Stone because it is said if you run seven times around it, the devil himself will appear.

Read more: The Devil's Stone in Crook to feature in horror film

Director Dean Midas's take on the legend will include his new horror character - Sayer Hicks, played by Wayne Thompson.

The Northern Echo: Dean Midas with Wayne ThompsonDean Midas with Wayne Thompson (Image: DEAN MIDAS)

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Mr Midas said, "It was a fantastic first day back on the set. The staff at the Witham were absolutely amazing and I can't thank them enough.

"My cast and crew are, as ever brilliant and worked their socks off."

The Devil's Stone is set to be released in October - on Friday the 13th.