YOUNG people interested in films can reap the benefits of the world-class film studio to built on the edge of Newport, said one expert.
The deal, signed with Pinewood Studios, is set to generate an estimated £90million spend with Welsh businesses.
First Minister Carwyn Jones unveiled the new studio plans last month.
The new 180,000 sq ft studio will be created at the former Energy Centre building at Wentloog Corporate Park and will form part of Pinewood’s global network of film studios. It is hoped it will bring around 2,000 jobs to the area.
Hannah Raybould, faculty of creative industries at the University of South Wales said: “I think the most important thing about this is it is bringing a focus to Wales. International film companies will now be looking to Wales.
“This is going to impact young people and new talent because people will see there is a huge amount of opportunity to start in the industry.”
She believes young people in Wales will benefit from having access to the industry very early on, and having a world-class studio so near will inspire them to start a lot earlier, from making their own films to work experience.
She said: “People will come to this area from all over the world and it’s going to raise people’s game and make people interested the industry.
“The involvement by the Welsh Government is encouraging and shows this is a long-term project.
“We hope people will come to Newport Film School, study and then stay here, living and working in Wales.”