13-year-old Hannah Mason from Wiltshire has scooped the top prize in a national storyboarding competition hosted by the film and education charity Into Film, the Intellectual Property Office and the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, which saw her story made into short animated film by Oscar®-winning studio Aardman Animations.
Hannah who attends Avon Valley College in Salisbury, submitted her winning idea ‘Zombie Fairy’ – which shows the craft and graft that goes into film-making to encourage people to support the UK film industry – and has seen the story turned into a short animated film made by the Oscar®-winning studio. The 30-second film will be screened to hundreds of thousands of young people at over 2,700 screenings and events this November as part of the Into Film Festival, which takes place across the breadth of the UK. The festival enables young people aged 5-19 to learn through and about film, interact with filmmakers and explore filmmaking, promoting traditional and visual literacy and encourage critical thinking.
As a part of the winning prize, Hannah also received an all-expenses-paid trip along with classmates, to the Aardman Animations studio in Bristol – the home of Wallace & Gromit, Morph and Shaun The Sheep – to have an exclusive meeting with the Aardman production team about bringing their winning storyboard to life. The winner and friends also got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the studio, which is currently in production of Shaun the Sheep The Movie.
‘Creating Movie Magic’ is the first project in the new collaboration between film and education charity Into Film, the IPO and the Industry Trust for IP Awareness. ‘Creating Movie Magic’ has been designed in collaboration with National Schools Partnership and Aardman Animations, and is supported by Cinema First.
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