Youth Engagement

The Festival's Youth Engagement Programme includes events specifically aimed at people under 25, offering fun and educational experiences designed to foster an on-going relationship with cinema and the Festival's themes. This is made possible by the continued support from Bo’ness business Caledonian Produce – Bakkavor, a leading international manufacturer of freshly prepared foods. New delivery partners for 2018 are Into Film and Screen Education Edinburgh, whilst we continue our close relationships with the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive and Falkirk Council's Community Learning and Development Team.

Primary School Workshops

Technical tricks of Victorian Cinema

We were delighted to welcome young people from three local primary schools to participate in this free workshop, delivered by Into Film. Animator Sharon Sorensen explained that when cinema was first invented, during the Victorian era, film was a curiosity, often found at fairgrounds. Over 100 years later many of the tricks Victorian filmmakers used can still be applied today and can be created with modern cameras. We may be in the era of special effects and superheroes but the principles of how film 'tricks' the eye remain the same. This workshop demonstrated many of the early trick techniques used by filmmakers. Participants then create early animation devices which employ Persistence of Vision to make images appear to 'move' in the same way as film.

Delivered by Into Film

HippFest at Bo'ness Youth Clubs

Deanburn Primary School & Bo'ness Public Primary School

Professional filmmaker Kate Burton returned to HippFest with her brilliant filmmaking workshops. Aimed at P1-P7 pupils these regular groups are run by Falkirk Community Learning and Development team in Bo'ness. In this fun workshop, Kate will introduced young people to filmmaking techniques in a safe, sociable setting.

Falkirk Champions Board

During February and March young people from Falkirk Champions Board created their own silent short film when they worked with filmmakers from Screen Education Edinburgh. Funded by Cashback for Creativity, this filmmaking programme trained young people in the key aspects of film making from camera and sound to screenwriting, directing and editing. Using state of the art film equipment they worked towards the overall outcome of developing, filming and editing their very own short. The final short film 'Born This Way' was presented by the young people at New Found Sound, on Sunday 25th March, accompanied live by pianist Mike Nolan and followed by a short Q&A.

Their film 'Born This Way' tells the story of a young woman who is bullied when comes out to her peer group.

Supported by Creative Scotland and Cash Back For Creativity

New Found Sound

This unique schools initiative invites talented young people to respond musically to silent film. The 2018 project was mentored by Colin Broom (Composer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and leading folk musician John Somerville,alongside Marc Duff (Capercaillie co-founder) and Laura Beth Salter (The Shee), tutors with Falkirk Schools' Traditional Music Groups.

Students from St Mungo's High School composed a new piece of music, played by Falkirk Schools Orchestra, to accompany 'Holidays, Hurrah!', directed by prolific Scottish amateur filmmaker Frank Marshall.

The Falkirk Schools Junior and intermediate Traditional Bands created accompaniment for two shorts from the NLS Moving Image Archive, How Not to Bath A Baby (directed by Dr. Iain Dunnachie) and Winter In Scotland (Templar Film Studios).

Our thanks to the young musicians and tutors for their hard work in creating such responsive, entertaining scores to accompany these short films. Thanks also to Gayle Martin Brown and NLS Moving Image Archive for their support of this innovative music project.

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Last updated: 05 June 2018 at 13:21