Bedford Creative arts and First Light ran a Film School for budding young animators in September 2011. Using the venue of a community hall and an empty shop unit the films were inspired by the key Olympic values; Respect, Excellence, Friendship, Courage, Determination, Inspiration, Equality and Truce. The resultant films are currently on the film nation (www.filmnation.org.uk) website to be voted on by the general public, with the winning selection being shown on the large screens around the Olympic stadium sites.
Four artists over saw the creative process and were assisted by fourteen young animators aged 16-19, with the project being filmed over a week at St Cuthberts community hall and one of the empty shops in Bedford’s cultural quarter at Castle Lane. Professional animators Amanda Jennings, Allan Davies and James Mann were overseen by Lead Artist Helen Hewitt and the films Rubix, FWD, Smoke and Paint and Increase were produced from initial creative ideas all the way through to filming and post production.
Using a slow but rewarding process of stop/start animation with software program ‘I can animate’, the four groups brought their ideas to life frame by frame, with venue restrictions (The empty shop had no electricity!) causing everyone to pull together to make sure each shot was right, whilst aware of their laptops short battery life.
We are very proud of the outcome of all four films and the people involved for producing such great work- Please follow the links to BCA’s films and vote to help put Bedford on the map for next summer!