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North teenagers – final chance to join BFI filmmaking course


By Margaret Chrystall

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There are just a few days left for North 16-19-year-olds to apply to experience an intensive online course including hands-on filmmaking workshops where participants will be given the tools needed to develop an idea from rough sketch to big screen.

There's a chance to learn about animation.
There's a chance to learn about animation.

And there's the opportunity to work with professional animators and film makers (including Jim Parkyn from Aardman Animations) plus industry sessions with producers and festival directors.

The deadline to apply is October 2 with the course starting on October 9, with some bursaries available to cover the cost.

The course is being run in association with Screen Argyll which is excited to be bringing the BFI Film Academy back to 16-19-year-olds across Argyll, the Highlands and Islands!

Now into it’s third year, this year’s course will take place online and ends with a showcase of the young people’s films.

Graduates of the course have gone on to submit award-winning films into film festivals, be selected for the youth team at film festivals as well as going on to study film at university.

One of last year’s alumni recently won best animator at the Young Animator Of The Year awards!

Course gives you the tools to make a film.
Course gives you the tools to make a film.

This is a great opportunity for creative teens or those curious about a career in the film industry. During this professional online course they will work together to watch, experiment, create and learn more about animation and film in a variety of forms.

Skills covered include script writing / model making / animation / video editing / lighting / sound design, which they will use to create their own animations and present these at an online public screening event.

This year’s course starts on Saturday, October 9, and there is still time to grab a place!

Jen Skinner, director, Screen Argyll: "We are delighted to be able to bring this opportunity to young people living in isolated rural areas.

"It is vital that all voices are represented within the film industry and opportunities like this are available to all.

"This fantastic course gives enables young people to understand pathways into industry, building their skills and connections enabling them to share their thoughts and ideas.

"I can’t wait to see what they come up with this year!"

Those who have taken part said:

‘Inspiring, educational, fantastic!’

‘Do it! It’s one of the best experiences and you’ll meet loads of like-minded people’

‘You get to work with experts and get pro advice’

“We have learnt so much from this week and it has really given me insight into the film industry.”

Parents said:

“I absolutely loved their films – it has totally blown me away. The amount of work that’s gone into the films, for one week, someone who has never done animation before… it’s incredible. The use of colour / movement / sound… really impressed. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone keen to learn more about film-making.”

“My son has just begun freshers’ week. I’ve little doubt that attending the BFI film academy helped him to get on the course – so thank you!"

More information, including how to apply can be found on the Screen Argyll website: http://screenargyll.co.uk/filmacademy/

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