A STUDENT from Gwynedd landed the opportunity of a lifetime as part of the production team for the new ‘The Batman’ film.

Joanna Hughes, a 23-year-old Media Production student at Liverpool John Moores University, joined three other students from the university in rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers as part of the production staff.

The Batman is the latest Dark Night adaptation, starring Robert Pattinson as the eponymous character, and is set to premiere on Friday, 4 March.

The film was shot in Liverpool, with the city’s Georgian architecture and waterfront doubling as Gotham City, and St George’s Hall used for pivotal scenes in the film.

Miss Hughes was joined on the set by fellow Media Production student Jake Sampson, along with Benjamin Jones and Katie Goody (Film Studies and Creative Writing students), who had all applied for work placements on a “major film production” through the university’s Liverpool Screen School, but were unaware of which film.

Joanna Hughes said: “It was great to see how such a large-scale production runs and different departments work together.

“It was also interesting to learn about the function of the locations department, it's a really important team who make sure the space is being used correctly so that other crews will be allowed to use these amazing sets and locations in the future.

“I also got to begin learning industry lingo such as ‘honey wagon’ which basically just means the loo!”.

Ruth Doughty, Programme Leader for Film Studies at LJMU said: “Our connections with Liverpool Film Office, mean students here are among the first to hear about exciting placements, where they can gain valuable experience and get into the film industry.”

“Our city has featured as the backdrop for films set in New York, Russia, London and Birmingham.

“Filmmaking in Liverpool is about to grow exponentially with the new Film Studios under development at the former Littlewoods site on Edge Lane, making it an ideal place for those interested in film, media production or journalism, to study.”

The placement lasted two weeks and saw the students, now LJMU graduates, preparing and maintaining set locations for costume and make up, ensuring safety on set, moving character costumes, setting up set vehicle tracks and much more, all whilst following stringent Covid-19 protocols.