Flight of delight for Suffolk school

PUPILS from Claydon primary school have found a novel way of marking the centenary of powered flight – they've made an animated film about it.Young animators from the school have been working closely with the Cambridge Film Consortium to produce the short feature.

PUPILS from Claydon primary school have found a novel way of marking the centenary of powered flight – they've made an animated film about it.

Young animators from the school have been working closely with the Cambridge Film Consortium to produce the short feature.

And it is due to be premiered at the Ipswich Film Theatre on Monday (15).

Flight to Freedom was inspired by a Year 6 visit to the film theatre, where pupils watched two animated films that marked the centenary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight.

James Durran, a teacher from Parkside Community College, Cambridge, and animator Lizzie Hobbs worked with pupils on storyboarding and the technical processes involved in moving image sequences.

The film then needed sound effects and music, and Andrew Lovett, who teaches composition at Cambridge University, assisted the pupils in this.

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The characters were then brought to life with the addition of the voice track, recorded in school by the pupils with Elaine Turnbull, Music and Media Technology supervisor from Parkside Community College.

Headteacher Jane Brown said: "To be involved in the production of the animation film has been a wonderful opportunity for Year 6 pupils and their teachers. The children have learnt so much."

Flight to Freedom is currently being edited, ready for showing on Monday. It may also be featured at the Cambridge Film Festival and an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum next year.

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