SIXTH form media students went overseas to find inspiration for their filmmaking projects.

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

Lisa Davies, director of learning for media studies and organiser of the trip, said that they chose Malta as the location because of its extensive film-making portfolio, including big screen and television favourites such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Troy, World War Z and Captain Phillips all being made there, and also because of the fantastic culture and history of the island.

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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.

The trip gave students the opportunity to gain experience in scriptwriting, TV presenting and filming, alongside the complex planning issues that producers face when creating a product.

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A range of fundraising activities were organised throughout Year 12 to help subsidise the cost of their trip.

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

Mrs Davies said: "International trips are a great way for students to build confidence, become more independent and learn about the wider world outside of their local community.

"It was excellent to see our students so enthralled with the island and keen to embrace every new experience."

Year 13 student Logan Ladd said: "I learned so much about the history of the island during WWII and its connections to Britain.

"My favourite places to visit were the historic cities of Valetta and Mdina because the buildings and atmosphere were unforgettable.

"I really felt part of a production team and am so proud of what we have achieved."