Gravesend pupils make film about living with disabilities
PUBLISHED: 13:48 19 May 2011
Pupils at a special needs school have expressed the challenges they face each day in a short animated movie shown to hundreds at a film festival.
Ifield School, Gravesend, welcomed help from specialist Kent company Animate and Create in a series of workshops this week creating the three minute film.
The 15 pupils, aged between 13 and 16, were given control over all aspects of the filmmaking, drawing the characters, writing and recording the script and filming the action.
Sam Browne, the school’s art teacher, said: “The theme is how people with disabilities are challenged every day, something very close to their hearts.
“This has been a fantastic experience for them.”
The project, which also involves three other Kent schools, is funded by a group of charities and by Kent County Council.
Dan Richards of Animate and Create said: “The young people do everything, all we do is put it on a DVD.
“We previously worked with Ifield on an Olympic themed film last year which worked so well so when we came up with this project we were keen to get them involved.”
The end product will be shown to hundreds at Canterbury Anifest, an animation festival on September 30.