Crime scene documentary put together by Wrexham Glyndwr University students
A Crimewatch-style documentary has been created using footage filmed at a staged emergency incident on at Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Plas Coch campus.
A group studying on the university’s BSc (Hons) Television Production and Technology course cut the documentary together from footage filmed on the day, which saw the emergency services, staff, and students from a range of courses respond to a simulated crime on campus.
Lecturer Glenn Hanstock said: “Today is the culmination of several months of work for our students - the planning for this documentary began before we held the crime scene day itself, as we met with Policing, Forensics and Theatre lecturers, the police and ambulance services, the actors - and everyone else involved in the day - to pull together our filming plans before the event itself occurred.
“Our students were among a very select few on campus who knew what was going to take place on the day before it happened!”
On the day itself, a staged crime took place in front of Psychology and Criminology students – acted out by Theatre, Television and Performance students. The crime escalated and the police and ambulance services representatives were called to attend by campus security.
While all involved understood the event was a simulation, both sets of the emergency services responded to the day as though it was a real incident.
The site was cordoned off, and while Policing and Forensic Science students combed the ‘crime scene’ for clues, the broadcast students set about gathering footage to create their documentary.
That was then cut together to create filmed segments which formed part of a fourteen-minute special filmed ‘as live’ in Glyndwr’s Centre for the Creative Industries, where students used the broadcast-standard television studio and production gallery to make their documentary. This was then assessed as their end of year task.
Glenn added: “Pulling together a documentary like this – from handling unforeseen changes during a fast-paced ‘crime’ right through to managing cameras, running the television gallery and handling studio guests – is very valuable experience.
“Our studios are broadcast-ready and experiences like this are designed to help prepare students for a career in industry – and the challenges that can throw at them.”