One of the animated films created by local school children for the SEEME project was screened in London on Saturday. It had been shortlisted in a national competition for young film-makers the Kids for Kids film festival. The film was called First Impressions and animated audio clips of local black elders interviewed for the SEEME black history archive. In the film, they reflect on their first impressions of the UK.
The young people from Holbrook Primary school illustrated the accounts by creating animations using a graphics tablet, even turning the speakers into animated characters. Project co-ordinator Rose Young, Headteacher of Holbrook Primary school, Mr Whitewick and one of the students involved in the filming made the journey to London’s Southbank for the screening and awards ceremony. Whilst our film didn’t win an award, we were delighted to be shortlisted in a year of stiff competition and to be commended by the organisers for a “beautiful, reflective piece of film-making”.
The Holbrook students thoroughly enjoyed making the film, working with the film maker Jamie McDine and meeting members of the local black community. They said:
“Using the technology was exciting. We saw our own pictures come to life on the screen”.
“Some of the stories were shocking so our film is important. It will make people think about how they treat other people”
You can see the film and those made by students at Clarendon Academy and Matravers School on this website http://www.wshc.eu/animations.html