Pupils get animated as they make their own plasticine film

Plasticine monsters at Redlands County Primary School in Fareham - Year 1 and Year 2 pupils (left to right) Seamus Morrison (6), Enya Winter (6), James Wilson (5), Megan Jones (5), and Brynly Piper (7)
Plasticine monsters at Redlands County Primary School in Fareham - Year 1 and Year 2 pupils (left to right) Seamus Morrison (6), Enya Winter (6), James Wilson (5), Megan Jones (5), and Brynly Piper (7)
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CHILDREN tried their hand at Wallace and Gromit-style animation to make their very own film.

Pupils from Redlands Primary School in Fareham worked with the Ashcroft Arts Centre to produce Little Monsters – a 3D computer animated film which was made using plasticine.

The youngsters made their own monsters with plasticine and then spent hours using cameras to take photographs to give the impression they were moving.

The images were then superimposed on to different backgrounds and the children also recorded music to put over the footage.

The end result was a four-minute film with a contribution from 90 children at the school.

Claire Simmonds, a Year One and Year Two teacher at the school, said: ‘It was quite a slow process, especially for the young children because they were a bit impatient.

‘The animation bit was the hardest bit to do.

‘They all watch Wallace and Gromit so they understand the concept of animation and they know how long these films take to make.

‘Now, they know how they are made. It’s really good.

‘The music makes it because you can hear the children’s voices and hear them laughing. Every one of them had a monster up on the screen.

‘They all feel like they made it and they were a part of it.’

‘It’s been a good working as a team experience.

‘To have the freedom to do what we want with the topic makes it more interesting for the children. They are more positive about their learning.

‘It must be nice for them to see a nice end result.’

The film project also tied in with the children’s topic which was monsters.

All children from the school were given a screening of the film, and parents have also had an invitation to watch it too.

Annabel Cook, centre director at the Ashcroft Arts Centre, said: ‘I hope that they have really gained in confidence with their abilities.

‘What they see is a really successful outcome for all their hard work.’