Working with our Applied Drama Practitioner Izzy Rabey and animator Jane Hubbard our KS3 pupils wrote, designed and produced this animation with Izzy and Jane's support and sound mixing.
The animation gives a fun and lighthearted view of friendship and identity - getting through tough times. There are lots of reasons for children and young people to enter a pupil referral unit (PRU) like The Bridge and the film explores some of these.
The film is now on the Into Film Cymru YouTube site and our own website and twitter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taN_BjcZYuU&list=PLyOHB4V8B-q7Y0dXjL9IhodC82Lb_MzVZ&index=5
These are some of the lovely comments the Into Film Cymru judges made about our work:
- An inspiring film project that took filmmaking and rewired it from the ground up in order to make it a learning tool for filmmaking and artistic self-expression. I loved the individual stories and ideas. The film editing and sound were excellent.
- There was no clear narrative to this (or so I thought) but you could tell the young filmmakers had so much fun making this! I liked that they used different materials for different scenes and particularly liked the bits where they used their fingers to draw their names on paint. Although this one might not score the highest in terms of narrative, this is my favourite from this week!!
- A heart-warming, engaging animation which promotes a strong message of friendship and being there for one another. Good use of animation techniques to explore self-expression, identity and individuality. The narrative could have been developed a little but overall a lovely film which I really enjoyed watching.
- The time and effort put into The Bridge Kids is something to be admired. It is surreal, visually very creative and technically very fun to watch unfold.
- A fun, bright and cheery animation which is a joy to watch. It's full of original and creative scenes ('What are you doing here Mr Fox?') which made it very engaging and enjoyable. I thought the music and sound effects were wonderful and happy - I particularly loved the creature munching on the hearts. My favourite scenes were those portraying human interactions and feelings, for example 'Give him some space' and the cloud/sunshine, because they drew really clear lines to the theme of identity. Overall, I felt that the whole film was beautifully artistic and I would love to see more!