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The making of Hedgerow Tales

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At BIAFF 2012 Buchlyvie Primary School won  a 4 Star Award and the AKM Music prize with Hedgerow Tales.

Hedgerow Tales was inspired by Buchlyvie School Wildlife Garden. All the characters and backgrounds are created out of natural objects, such as autumn leaves, seeds, berries, rose hips and pine cones. Teasels make great hedgehogs!

The film is about a group of friends, a bird, a mouse, holly leaf and a family of hedgehogs, sitting round a campfire telling stories about their lives.

The film was made by forty children aged between 7-11 with the support of an animator, editor and sound-recordist. The role of the film makers was to help the children express and technically achieve their ideas, not to make the film for them! The children worked together for two weeks, in small groups, with everyone contributing ideas, making and animating artwork and creating the sound track.

      3 children animating.       3 girls animating.       The pond.

Young people have great imagination and are willing to have a go and experiment. Everyone gets involved: contributing ideas for the story, drawing up the storyboard, making and animating art work and creating the sound track. The children get a great sense of achievement presenting their film to the school, families and friends. When the film goes off to festivals and wins prizes, that's the icing on the cake!
Hedgerow Tales has been shown at:
The Czech International Animation Festival, Trebon:
Special prize for Creativity: Rozifest Children's Film Festival, Albania.
Co-operative Young people's Film Festival in Bradford
First Prize for Animation: Kids For Kids Film Festival, Durham.
Discovery Festival, Dundee
Runner Up First Prize. Bradford Animation Festival. Nov. 2011
Selected by BBC, The Big Screen, 2012, Edinburgh Festival Square.
Animated Exeter February 2012. First Prize Under 12's.
British International Amateur Film Competition 2012. Awarded 4 stars and the AKM music prize.
The children's work was supported by the Lottery through the UK Film Council's First Light initiative. First Light is a UK wide organisation that uses film and media production to develop skills in young people aged up to 25. Every year over 5,000 young people aged 5-25 are given the opportunity to learn the craft of high-quality short filmmaking from industry professionals using industry standard equipment. www.firstlightonline.co.uk

Jessica Langford

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