Yorkshire School Wins Golden Morph at Into Film Awards
Thurstonland School in Yorkshire has won a Golden Morph at the inaugural Info Film awards which celebrate the best of the UK’s young filmmakers, film reviewers and teachers. Pupils from the school were presented with their Morph statuette by Aardman’s Merlin Crossingham, director of the recent Morph series.
The young filmmakers, aged 9-11, won the award for their film Monkey and Wombat, an animation which follows a group of animals who must put their ingenuity and courage to the test when flooding strikes their home and their friends find themselves in danger – take a look at their fantastic animation below:
Many of the students had never tried their hand at filmmaking before, but a combination of creative storytelling, fantastic drawings and some very smooth animation made their entry really stand out to the expert panel, including esteemed directors Alan Parker (Evita) and David Yates (Harry Potter.) The Thurstonland pupils received their award at a star-studded event in central London.
Monkey and Womat was made as part of Into Film’s Shoot Smart programme and was shot, soundtracked and edited using an iPad and app software. It’s part of the wider Into Film initiative, supported by the British Film Institute, to give kids and young adults opportunities to learn about film, and develop their own filmmaking skills. You can get your school, college or youth group invovled by starting a free Into Film film club – if that sounds like fun, visit www.intofilm.org/schools-film-clubs for more info!