Strong Island Media worked with the Theatre Royal Winchester on the Centenary Film Project, working with ten groups of young people from nine different schools located in and around Winchester, with in total over 200 pupils becoming young filmmakers. The pupils first conducted interviews with staff and friends of the Theatre Royal Winchester, collecting memories that could be used as inspiration for their short films. Each school then chose one or two key memories from their interviews and also memories collected from friends, family and even themselves of the theatre.
Over two days Strong Island Media worked with the groups (from year 2 to year 10, in group sizes up to 45 pupils) to teach them the basics of filmmaking such as genre, generic conventions, shot language, animation, storyboarding, etc. and then worked with them to develop their script and storyboard. The second day was spent filming or animating their short films, recording voiceovers, special effects, music, etc. with the young people directing, recording sound, filming, acting as well as creating any props, animation characters & backgrounds and more.
All ten films will be shown at the theatre at two special events celebrating the theatre's 100th year.
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