Tuesday, December 18, 2007

3 awards scooped for 1000 frames 1000 years!

2007 has been the 1000th birthday of Oxfordshire and in conjunction with Oxford Inspires , the Animation Station co-ordinated "1000 frames, 1000 years", an animation project to celebrate the event. I facilitated workshops for 2 films over the summer at the Animation Station and one at Queensway Primary School. On Saturday 15 Dec the young people saw the results of their work on the big screen at the Odeon Banbury.

I collected three awards on behalf of the young people and the Animation Station for Best film, Best special effects and Special achievement award!
You can see the "best film" and "best effects" films animated by 9-12 years olds below. Congratulations to all the young people who worked together to make such great films!

Oxfordshire 2007 celebrates the county's 1000th birthday through a year of special events, festivals and anniversaries, turning the spotlight on the wealth of talent which exists in the county today.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Bio Mation - Aspergers

I thought I'd share some picutes from the BioMation Aspergers workshops, which have been taking place at Lime Trees hospital in York over the last few weekends. The project has been a partnership between Arts Action York and York Hospitals Trust and supported by the Pulse Awards.

This resulting collection of films, which we edit next week, is the personal artistic vision of young people with Aspergers syndrome. From the spoken word to animated artwork, the result is a collection of short but powerful personal experiences; social, emotional and scientific, that paint a picture of a life with Aspergers. The breadth of materials used, from paper cut-outs, paint and sand to digital techniques match the spectrum of human experience, from the humorous to the serious. This has been a true collaboration, with artistic and medical practitioners imparting their artistic knowledge, empowering young people to explore their experiences though the boundless power of animation. Special preview screenings take place at Lime Trees next week.