A key objective of the dMEC is to encourage
teachers and pupils to use digital technology creatively. A particular
focus for this strand of our work has been the formation of Devon
Youth Film (DYF) to complement the countyâ€™s other youth companies
for Drama, Dance and Music. We aim to encourage and give practical
support to film making on a wide front. We also use our close partnership
with the Exeter Picture House to ensure that any films made are
shown to a real cinema audience. Thus DYF productions are given
week-long screenings in the trailer and advertisement slot before
major films as a natural part of the cinema programme.
Since its formation in 1998 DYF has produced over 40 films made
by groups of pupils from both primary and secondary schools across
the county. These have ranged from documentary films about their
locality through to ambitious poem-films to animated shorts using
our professional grade animation system. We have recently developed
a link with the University of Exeter Screenwriting course to further
our creative work. If you are interested in making films with your
pupils we would like to help.
We run Media and ICT summer schools for Devon pupils which focus
on the creative use of digital media with children. The finished
articles included images, video and audio material and have been
published on the BBC website.