We had a very successful launch of the new climate change app ‘You’re Getting Warmer!’ in Chapter Arts Centre. Over 50 people from from Riverside and Senghenydd, came to the screening to see the animations made by children from both communities. They audience participated in quiz questions on the subject of global warming as one teacher present commented, “It was absolutely fantastic and the children were buzzing with excitement. It was great to see them involved with work of such exceptional quality. Hopefully they will now view themselves as potential film makers.”
Gritty animators started workshops in Aberystwyth this week to create an animated version of Die Fledermaus. The WNO project involves schools in and around the town to produce a short film based on the comic opera by Strauss.
‘In Parenthesis Teach’, the new film Gritty has made for Welsh National Opera, premiered in the Wales Millennium Centre based on the poem by artist David Jones about his experiences during WW1. The screening was attended by 180 children from five schools who made the film and had a live accompaniment by WNO violinist Stephen Crichlow. The music was composed by Helen Woods based on musical themes by the children.
‘Striking Stories’ won Best Film 14 – 18 years at the Zoom Cymru awards ceremony on Friday night. The award was collected by two of the filmmakers from Senghenydd Youth Drop in Centre the project also involved young people from St Martins Comprehensive School in Caerphilly. The film, about the miner’s strike in the 1980s from the perspective of miner’s wives, was funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
Gritty Realism are working with the Welsh National Opera on an animated film alongside their production of Sondheims musical. We will be working with five Cardiff schools to produce animated sequences with a final premiere screening at the Wales Millenium Centre.