Local kids in exciting animation project

CHILDREN from a number of local primary schools are currently taking part in an exciting animation project at the Burnavon organised as part of the Arts and Cultural Development programme of Cookstown District Council.

Led by professional film maker and animator Mike Bass, key stage two pupils from the schools are taking Tuesdays out of class to spend time creating a short animated film, totally unique to them. Following a few introductory exercises where the boys and girls are shown the basics of animation, they decide exactly what they would like their film to be about.

They can choose something related to the school curriculum either directly or loosely or they can choose a theme which is especially relevant to them or something that is just fun to do.

Primary 6 pupils and teacher Mr Millington from Orritor Primary School devised and created a film showing the life cycle of a butterfly, with themselves as the creatures. Moneymore Primary School P7 pupils and their class teacher Mr Donaghey have opted for a camping scene with famous inventors from the past, a story which is still evolving!

The project has brought together a wide range of skills including story writing, drama, narration and visual art as well as all the technical aspects of using a camera, stop motion techniques and computer software packages for animation.

The project is set to run throughout the academic year with several more schools scheduled to take part. It looks like it will be a dynamic and interesting venture for all involved and an eye opening experience into the world of animation.