West Kintyre pupils get animated about film project

Children practise animating with plasticine models after an informative and fun workshop with Jim Parkyn.
Children practise animating with plasticine models after an informative and fun workshop with Jim Parkyn.

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After a months-long animation project, working with Campbeltown Picture House, pupils from Rhunhaorine, Clachan and Glenbarr primary schools are almost ready to showcase their own films.

During the project, theatre, film and podcast maker Alasdair Satchel taught the children the fundamentals of animation, working with shapes moving through space at different speeds using stop motion.

The youngsters have animated with plasticine models, paper characters and ‘Stikbot’ figures.

One week, they even tried their hand at pixilation which is animating with living human beings. The pupils all sat on the floor and the film made it look like they were moving in a line without moving their hands or feet.

Jim Parkyn of Aardman Animations also joined in for a session and demonstrated how to make model characters from single pieces of plasticine, rather than adding bits together, as pupils’ found these often fell apart.

This skill has been used frequently since and some of these creations will be evident in the children’s own short animation films which will be showcased on the large screen at Campbeltown Picture House next week.

Mhairi Hendrie from the cinema has facilitated the smooth transitions between the schools and ensured ample space was made available for sessions. This enabled the project to spread out and the children to have more hands-on experiences.

Eoin Bruce from Campbeltown Grammar School is another expert who joined pupils and shared many technical know-how tips.

There are two showcase events planned for Friday, March 18, and the schools hope people can go along to Campbeltown Picture House and join them.

Glenbarr and Clachan’s films and awards will start at 10am. Those wishing to attend are asked to telephone Glenbarr on 01583 421292 or Clachan on 01880 740258 to reserve a place, as it is important to keep track of numbers.

Rhunahaorine’s showcase will begin at 1.15pm. To attend the afternoon event, call Rhunahaorine on 01583 441269.

This has all been made possible with a grant from the West Kintyre Windfarm Trust, for which all involved are extremely grateful.