We had a lot of fun working with a primary and a secondary school in Withernsea. The role was described as that of animateur, a first for us. The brief was to work with young people to generate a creative response to the fishing heritage of Withernsea.
The project unfolded over four workshops which saw two cohorts of young people in years 5 and 9, develop research skills and learn how to create a five scene film using iPads.
They developed a range of skills:
- Organisation of teams
- Practical filming skills – how to hold iPad, how to hold script, shooting angles
- Problem solving
- Sharing of films.
The resulting films were different with the young people from Year 9, perhaps not surprisingly, having higher production values. The primary school children were ambitious and imaginative but needed more support with the execution of their ideas. Several wanted to include time travel; one group recreated a BBC news studio to present their ideas as a current affairs programme; several used animation and a variety of interviewing techniques.
The Year 9 students created more polished films, with more carefully researched content.
We celebrated both cohorts’ achievements at a Film Premier Evening at the Meridian Centre in Withernsea. It was a great evening with lots of family members there to support the young people.
To view the full project please, including the videos, please click here