School Car Parks can be dangerous places, especially during busy times in the mornings and afternoons. Using a mix of real life filming of our school car park and an animated story about a boy called Sid, our primary school film club created this film to encourage parents and children to make school car parks a safer place by following the message ‘look, listen, think’.
There has been an ongoing problem with our school car park since the school opened – not enough parking spaces with people doing dangerous things when coming into school to drop off or pick up children, such as double parking, using the bus bay, or driving too fast.
Our school has tried lots of ways to try to get people to make it a safer place but with little success. Film club pupils decided to see if they could make a film which would have a greater impact and make people think twice. The children are all regular film club pupils from Years 5 and 6. The majority have
never worked on creating a film before so had to learn all the different processes from storyboarding to scripting, outside filming, and for the first time ever for our film club, having a go at stop-motion animation. To start they split into smaller groups working on different elements such as the storyboarding and scripting.
They then came together, pooling ideas to create the story of ‘Sid’ and the message ‘look, listen, think’. All the children were involved in both outside filming and animation. They took it in turns to be behind or in front of the camera, using the clapperboard, and to direct. They supported and encouraged each other really well. The stop-motion animation needed a lot of preparation work - cutting out figures, setting up the blank canvas, and making tiny movements to animate. Some found this really challenging and they learnt a lot about how much work goes into making animation.