A TEENAGER who built a boat out of old newspapers got his younger sister to test it out on the River Avon in Stratford on Sunday.
Christopher Broomfield, aged 18, has been building the papier maché boat on and off for the past year for a homemade documentary.
The former King Edward VI School student, who wants to be a cameraman, filmed Sunday’s launch at Stratford marina for the finale of his film.
He said: “I got the idea off [TV show] Mythbusters after they made one out of duct tape. The whole point was to make a short film out of it.”
Because of that, Chris got his sister, Harriet, 15, to try out his invention while he filmed from the safety of a motorboat.
“I don’t know how brave or stupid she is,” he said. “There were absolutely no tests so it was a case of a sink or swim situation.”
However, Harriet didn’t need her wetsuit and the 2m x 1.5m boat floated serenely on the river for ten minutes while Chris got his shots.
“Weirdly enough it was a massive success, it worked perfectly,” he said. “I really didn’t expect it, and I managed to get all the footage I needed.”
But the boat wasn’t salvageable, and after his sister was back on dry land, Chris sunk it with his grandfather while crowds watched on from the Clopton Bridge.
The teenager, who lives with his family in Mickleton, will soon be going to Ravensbourne College of Design to start a BA in Digital Film Production.
After he’s finished editing it, the short film will be uploaded to his online portfolio www.justasmallslice.blogspot.co.uk
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