Gwent schoolchildren become filmmakers for the day

Croesyceiliog primary school film day

Children from a Cwmbran primary school visited the University of South Wales this week to learn about careers in the creative industries.

The group of 60 Year 6 pupils from Croesyceiliog Primary School came to the University’s Cardiff Campus to find out about different opportunities in areas such as film, animation and media production.

After learning about how films are made, the students took part in workshops with Animation lecturers Sarah Strickett and Gareth Hutchinson, who took them through the processes of making CGI, stop-motion and 2D animation.

They also watched some of the projects from alumni and current students, which inspired them to think about the prospect of university.

During the event the pupils also went on a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, including the green screen room, stop-motion animation studios and motion capture suite.

The children then enjoyed a showcase of some short films they had made at school, in the purpose-built cinema at USW.

To finish the day, the students were handed awards by their teachers and former X-Factor contestant Russell Jones, for best screen-play, best trailer and many more. Some students were also given awards from USW for their participation in the acting workshops, delivered in November.

Caitlin Woodland, Graduate student recruitment officer at the University, helped organise the event. She said: “The students loved learning about the different jobs and opportunities in the creative industries, and how our courses can help them achieve their ambitions.

“Although they are still very young, they enjoyed thinking about their future and what they would like to do when they are older.”

Hannah Corten, from Croesyceiliog Primary School, added: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit to campus, and it was great to learn about and experience the tools and resources available.

“My group particularly enjoyed the green screen room and special effects room. The children shared how they enjoyed learning about university life and felt more confident in applying skills to their final showcase masterpieces.

“This would have been the first time children had been to a university and sat in a lecture theatre, and the first time that the children had led on something with an end event such as this one. This made the whole event extra special for them, and they particularly loved the Oscars event and the prizes awarded by USW.

“Many children also shared how they would like to enter the arts world - from acting to graphics and animation, so they were definitely inspired by their experience on the day.”

If you are a teacher at a school or college and would like to hold an event with the University, contact the Schools and Colleges team on schoolsandcolleges@southwales.ac.uk