Educational Charity Into Film invited North Devon Moving Image to a creative challenge... to support a group of students at Great Torrington School to make a film in a day!
Written and created by the students, aged between 12 and 14, "Missing" is a chilling drama: "When Lucy goes missing, everyone is trying to pin the blame on others. But while they are doing this, they are completely blind to the reality as to why she’s gone."
The students threw themselves wholeheartedly into the task and demonstrated their creative skills both in front of and behind the camera.
Amanda McCormack, lead film making facilitator for the day, said "For any film to be successful you have to start with a good story and the students wrote a brilliant one! The young film makers and actors were really professional in their approach to creating their film in a day and I think you'll agree that their hard work has paid off". Click below to watch the film on the Into Film Shorts YouTube channel.
Into Film puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people across the UK - supporting schools to run film clubs, providing educational resources and training for educators. If you want to find out more about running a film club or to see what else Into Film has to offer, visit their website.
Amanda McCormack from North Devon Moving Image has been working as Artist in Residence with children from Appledore Primary School as part of the HLF funded Beaford Arts Hidden Histories project.
Hidden Histories is opening up the Beaford Archive of photographs by James Ravilious and Roger Deakins with a major photographic conservation and digitisation exercise.
To complement the work they have been doing on their Hidden Histories community trail, the children interviewed local people reacting to photographs of Appledore taken by James Ravilious in the 1970s and 1980s. They then recreated those scenes in dramatic tableaux to create ten delightful films celebrating both the work of Ravilious and the heritage of their village.
These young creatives loved finding out more about Appledore and following in the footsteps of James Ravilious. They developed new photographic skills as well as becoming film makers and, of course, the stars of the films!
To watch the films visit our Hidden Histories page. To find out more about Hidden Histories and look through the newly digitised photographs visit www.beaford.org and for more about Beaford's Community Trails project click here.
We have had a busy two weeks here in Instow with our first ever NDMI Academy summer schools. Week 1 was a live action drama film making workshop for 5 young film makers aged between 10 and 13. The creative team devised their own story and with our support they wrote, directed, acted in, shot and edited the film He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (see below to view the film). The crew learned loads of new skills and worked together perfectly, coming up with great ideas and making time to listen to each other and let everyone's voice be heard with a brilliant result!
NOTE: The technical kit used was our Sony NX3 camcorder, Rode microphone with boom pole and deadcat and Sony Vegas to edit. Additional film making exercises were carried out with the use of our iPad Air, iOgrapher case, iRig pre amp and the professional Rode microphone.
NDMI Academy Summer School week 2 was an animation workshop for 5 talented youngsters aged between 7 and 11. This was great fun and we were so impressed by the creativity and patience of all our young film makers. They began the week getting to grips with the technical equipment and then recorded interviews with each other to form the basis of the film sound track. They went on to design and create their characters, props and sets. The animating was a great challenge as the audio was already recorded and the characters needed to move to fit the voices - we don't take the easy route here - and it definitely paid off as the result, with authentic interviews is really entertaining and the animation is brilliant! Take a look at the film below.
NOTE: The technical kit used was our iPad Air in an iOgrapher case, iMotion app, Rode microphone, iRig pre amp, Newplast modelling clay and Magneflash LED lights (great because they don't get hot and dangerous!)
If you are interested in film making workshops for your family, group, school or yourself please do get in touch.
Competition opportunity for young North Devon film makers.
Education charity Into Film are calling for submissions of short films from young people aged 19 and under.
Here are the entry categories:
Best Animation: 12 and under; 13 and over.
You can enter any kind of animation to the Best Animation categories. Whether it's silhouette cut-outs; clay-mation, a flip book animation, or a combination of all of these techniques, Into Film want to see what young people can create when they use film to bring their imagination to life.
Best Live Action: 12 and under; 13 and over.
Live action films can be any genre, but the judges want to see fantastic creativity, innovative use of filming techniques and brilliant stories.
Best Documentary: 12 and under; 13 and over.
True stories documented skillfully. Entries can be dramatic recreations, or take a more artistic or experimental approach to documentary storytelling but most of all Into Film want to hear young peoples' voices, and see their vision through film.
Into Space and Home: 12 and under; 13 and over.
To celebrate the imaginative work conducted on European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission, Into Film has teamed up with the UK Space Agency again to deliver an exciting new filmmaking competition for 5-19 year-olds, Into Film: Into Space & Home. Budding young filmmakers can enter this out-of-this-world competition by creating short films inspired by space exploration and Tim's stellar mission.
The deadline for entries is Tuesday 31 January 2017. All nominees will be invited to the awards ceremony at the ODEON Cinema, Leicester Square in London, on Tuesday 14 March 2017. You can find further details and enter the Awards here: https://www.intofilm.org/awards
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