13-year-old Hannah Mason from Wiltshire has scooped the top prize in a national storyboarding competition hosted by the film and education charity Into Film, the Intellectual Property Office and the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, which saw her story made into a short animated film by Oscar®-winning studio Aardman Animations.
The charity, which enables young people to learn through and about film and is supported by the BFI through Lottery funding, invited schoolchildren across the UK to put their creative skills to the test for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to get their idea developed into a short film by Aardman, the makers of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, as part of an innovative Design and Technology teaching resource ’Creating Movie Magic’. The competition under-pinned a resource to teach young people about the value and importance of copyright to creativity, encouraging them to view film legitimately through ‘above board’ channels, which can be found via www.FindAnyFilm.com. The resource was designed to fit into the D&T curriculum and teach young people about stop-motion animation and careers available in the UK film industry; it also invited students to create a pro-copyright animated storyboard to raise the issue of copyright with young people.
The teenager who attends Avon Valley College in Salisbury, submitted her winning idea ‘Zombie Fairy’ – which shows the craft and graft that goes into film-making to encourage people to support the UK film industry – and has seen the story turned into a short animated film made by the award-winning studio. The 30-second film was screened to hundreds of thousands of young people at over 2,700 screenings and events this November as part of the Into Film Festival, held in venues across the UK. The festival enables young people aged 5-19 to learn through and about film, interact with filmmakers and explore filmmaking, promoting traditional and visual literacy and encourage critical thinking.
As a part of the winning prize, the winner also received an all-expenses-paid trip along with classmates, to the Aardman studio in Bristol - the home of Wallace & Gromit, Morph and Shaun the Sheep - to have an exclusive meeting with the Aardman production team about bringing their winning storyboard to life. The winner and friends also got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the studio, which is currently in production on Shaun the Sheep The Movie, which is set for a UK theatrical release in February 2015.
‘Creating Movie Magic’ is the first project in the new collaboration between film and education charity Into Film, the IPO and the Industry Trust for IP Awareness. ‘Creating Movie Magic’ has been designed in collaboration with National Schools Partnership and Aardman Animations, and is supported by Cinema First.
Into Film - supported by the BFI with Lottery funding, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources - incorporates the legacy and staff of two leading film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, building on their experience and success in delivering programmes of significant scale and reach to children and young people across the UK.