‘Game of Thrones’ in De La Salle High School On Friday 16th December, 2011 Felicity Pearce came to De La Salle with Film Club Event Manager, Sophie Critchlow for a ‘Close Encounter.’ Close Encounters are part of the magic of Film Club, whereby people working in the film and media industry take time to talk to pupils about their work and pupils get the opportunity to ask them their burning questions.
Felicity Pearce is a horse wrangler and began her work in Ulster Television as a Production Assistant doing mainly live news and sporting events as well as political and other entertainment shows.
Horses were her hobby and she competed in show jumping to Senior International Level.
Her first experience of film came about through a friend who worked in Ulster Television. Peter McAleese was the Unit Production Manager on “Your Highness” and initially he contacted Felicity to see if she could arrange accommodation for some of the Film Crew.
This led on to her involvement with “Game of Thrones” and to other productions using local horses, including “The Shore”, filmed on location in Coney Island.–the rest they say is history!
Year Nine pupils spent time with Felicity and Sophie and asked some of the following questions:
- Why did you get involved in the film industry? - How did you get into working with horses? - What does you job entail? - Which part of your job do you most enjoy and why? - What advice would you give to someone wanting to break into your field? - What project are you working on next? - Which film/s influenced or impressed you most as a child? - Are there any films you like that you think we should watch in our film club?
Pupils enjoyed the experience and Sophie and Felicity were most impressed by the enthusiasm of the pupils involved.