Cambridge Young People’s Film Festival

| July 4, 2008 | 5 Comments 

 A very enjoyable day again today. This time, as Master of Ceremonies at The Cambridge Young People’s Film Festival at The Cambridge Corn Exchange

Posh frocks and DJs were the order of the evening.

The categories were really motivating and related to the new literacy frameworks across all Key Stages. You can view all of the superb films HERE

I had the opportunity to interview Will Poulter on stage during the event. Will is one of the stars of Son of Rambow.

I have the pleasure of working with some remarkable young folk around the country and, indeed, the world. However, I haven’t met many lads as enchantingly “there” as Will. He was almost exhausting to keep up with when it came to signing autographs and relating to our audience. Well done Will budd, for answering questions in our on-stage witter, in a way that really captured the imagination of all of the crowd,of 1000 +, there tonight.

Son of Rambow has one of the cleverest strap lines:

“Make believe. Not war.”

It is about a pair of lads who set about making their own film.

Set in “a long, hot summer in the early ’80s”, the film is a coming-of-age comedy.

It tells the story of two schoolboys who are inspired by the film Rambo: First Blood to make their own action adventure film, which they hope will win them a young film-maker competition.

Neglected youngster Lee Carter (Will Poulter) — the worst-behaved boy in school — has access to the home video equipment used by his bullying elder brother’s video pirating enterprise.

Will (Bill Milner) couldn’t be more different; quiet and shy he comes from a family that belongs to the strict Plymouth Brethren religious sect. Will is forbidden to watch films or television and is made to leave his classroom when the teacher puts on a documentary film. In the corridor he meets Lee, thrown out of another class for bad behaviour.

At first, Lee sees Will as an easily manipulated lackey but after Will sees a pirated copy of First Blood and throws himself into the film making experience, the two realize how much they each need a best friend.

Their movie takes on a chaotic life of its own, as they fight to keep control of it, and also to keep it secret from Will’s family.

Ultimately it changes the lives of both boys, and their relationships with their friends and families. (Wikipedia)

There is a good interview with Will at the Popcorn site. A trailer can be seen HERE

A few of the films entered into the Cambridge film festival were stop motion animations. The super AnimateClay site is full of examples.

Try visiting a few of these great film related site: FilmEducation, Pixar, Film Street, arkive and my friend Oscar Stringer’s Animation For Education

Oscar is the best guy to get in if schools want to develop their film making skills. Try his new website HERE

Photostory is, of course, a simple and “cool” way of creating movies from still images. Try creating a film of the school trip, mixing sounds, text and photos effectively. And it’s FREE.

Computer Clubs For Girls (Primary and Secondary) has free resources and fun modules encouraging film making. Registration is free. You also receive a wealth of free software and “cool” (again, these are the words of the children who use these things!) rucksacks!

And the winners are… Thank you to Gareth, Mazzie, Jo and Sally, of the Cambridge Education ICT Service, and their colleagues for an event to rival the Oscars!

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Sue Clamp says:

    A fanstastic evening, even though I had to remove a bumble bee from a child’s hair and carry it outside while you were talking! The bee was very well behaved and sat still until it saw daylight, unlike me…the mad woman, cheering as I ran down the aisle to take a photo of my class who’d won the Y5/6 documentary category 🙂

  2. Will Poulter says:

    Thank you so much Tim for such a special occasion for everyone there last night. I felt very honoured and privileged to be invited and I have so much to thank you for. It was absolutley amazing to meet so many inspirational kids and indeed such an inspirational person as your self. Thank you for all that you did and I would love to stay in touch. Many thanks for making me part of what you made to be such a great event and good luck with the rest of your travels around the world. Lots of love and much thanks from Will! : )

  3. Sally Elding says:

    Everyone here at the Education ICT Service would also like to add their heartfelt thanks to both Will and Tim for helping to make this an event to remember not only for us but more importantly for all the Cambridgeshire Young People who were there. The preparations and the event itself were undertaken with such professionalism from everyone concerned and we feel truly honoured that you were both part of this ‘reet fine do'( that’s Yorkshire for a night to remember!). Tim – you have to keep up the good work and Will – get your shoes polished ( get it!!) for the next guest of honour appearance as I’m sure this was the first of many. Sally;-)

  4. Mazzie Bartimus says:

    As Sally has already mentioned we are so grateful to Tim and Will for their amazing contribution at our Awards Ceremony. Such a memorable event – everyone is delighted, particularly with the response from children, young people, parents and teachers of how much they enjoyed the evening and it was wonderful to see their faces as they viewed the culmination of all that hard work to produce such impressive work. Tim – I don’t know where you get your energy from but keep up the fantastic work……Will – I look forward to seeing you on the big screen again in the near future and hope to catch up with you again someday?

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