Published: 10/07/2014 18:00 - Updated: 09/07/2014 12:44

Eden Court film kids get CREATIVE!

Highland youngsters saw their work up on the big screen.
Highland youngsters saw their work up on the big screen.

MOVIES by youngsters taking Eden Court CREATIVE’s film-making classes hit the big screen to rave reviews last week.

An hour of short films made over the last year by different groups on the theatre’s various digital media courses were screened on Wednesday to unanimously positive feedback, said the theatre.

As well as stop-frame tales from younger film-makers, the show also featured short comedy skits from a group of 13 to 17s.

There were also two short documentaries focusing on outdoor adventure films featuring young carers and pupils from the Inverness area.

Supported by Cashback for Creativity - a Scottish Government programme that reinvests crime proceeds back into communities  - the projects also involved a 10-week activity programme.

They included kayaking, mountain biking, gorge-walking and bushcraft skills aimed at increasing youngsters' confidence and providing an opportunity to promote positive decision making.

The inspiring films followed a group of Highland young carers as they took part in three days of activities at Badaguish Outdoor Centre.

Members of the Youth Action Team also accessed bushcraft skills and team-building exercises in the Abriachan forest.

But as well as enjoying the activities, the youngsters were also highly involved in filming and editing much of the action themselves, a key motivation for the project.

Chris MacCormick of the Youth Action Team said: “The film project from Eden Court CREATIVE is worth its weight in gold.

"The guys have had an active part in filming which they have not been able to do before and it gives everyone a real end-product they can look back on and feel proud about."

Graeme Roger, Eden Court CREATIVE’s digital artist said: “It’s been a really worthwhile project to be involved in.

“The kids who’ve taken part often don’t get a chance to engage with these kind of activities and the work that’s been produced is really inspiring.

“For them to see their films shown up on the big screen here too is not something that happens every day."

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