One million UK school children to help create Tate and Aardman film
Posted on November 1, 2009
Last week we told you about an open casting call for a young boy for a part in an exciting Universal Studios animation, and this week we’ve got some more great opportunities for kids. Tate is teaming up with Aardman Animations, the team behind Wallace and Gromit, to create a new film, and they want children to help them brainstorm. The youngsters aged between five and 11 will get the chance to help with all aspects of the movie, from the sound effects and costumes to the jokes and characters.
To help the kids develop interesting characters, Aardman’s co-founder and chairman, David Sproxton, says they will “introduce children to key aspects of film-making, and, through performance and role play” as well as teaching them some basic animation skills. This is the first movie to be made by Tate and it will be helped by £3 million from charity Legacy Trust UK. The project will begin next summer at museums and galleries around the UK where children will use the art around them as a starting point. There will also be a website on which children can submit their ideas and vote for their favourite plotlines and characters.
The organisers hope to get one million children involved with the project by sending digital packages to schools. The overall aim is for Aardman to create a 20 minute film from the children’s contributions which will be shown in cinemas in late 2011 and early 2012. Director of the Tate, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “We’re giving children the opportunity to work at the coalface and really use their own creativity. This is about stimulating creativity among young people. It is a natural way of extending the education work that we do and capturing the interest of young people in the visual.” We love the idea of kids creating a film and think it’ll be really original; we can’t wait to hear some of those sound effects!
[via The Guardian]