MEDIA students went overseas to find inspiration for their filmmaking projects.

The youngsters, from King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland, travelled to Malta to gather footage for a series of online travel documentaries and get to grips with the world of media in the process.

When deciding where on an overseas location for their studies, Malta became an obvious choice because of the country's rich history of media production which has included big screen and television favourites such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Troy, World War Z and Captain Phillips all being made there.

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The students visited the Popeye village theme park, also known as Sweethaven Village, at Anchor Bay, which was a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical Popeye and has become one of the country's big tourist attractions.

They also visited the Silent City of Mdina, which appears frequently in Game of Thrones, and the capital city of Valletta, which is connected to Second World War history.

Teachers said the international trip gave students the opportunity to gain experience in scriptwriting, TV presenting and filming, alongside the complex planning issues that are faced by producers when creating a product.

They are now in the process of editing their footage back in the UK, and once finished all of the travel documentaries will be uploaded to the school’s website and Youtube for viewing by the general public.