Devon Youth Film exists to promote opportunities for pupils of
all ages to make films and have them shown to real audiences. Since
its inception in 1998, over 40 films have been made by pupils in
the LEA’s schools and shown at the Exeter Picture House, the
Northcott Theatre and the Millennium Dome.
Each of these animations was a winner in the Countdown animation
competition which took place during Animated Exeter. Countdown is
an annual challenge
that gets students to produce a ten second countdown to a movie. By countdown
we mean a 10 second clip that counts down to the start of a movie.
This short video clip gives examples of pupils' work
from 5 schools that were submitted for the Animated Exeter Festival
Exeter schools submitted a picture of their animation in the form
of a storyboard and the winning entries (judged by representatives
from Animated Exeter) were given a day at the dMEC to produce their
10 sec clip. They used the EOS computerised animation system and
digital sound recording, and were supported by Dave Johnstone (a
freelance animator) and Roger Crompton (of dMEC).
Given the amount of work that goes into an animation (25 frames/sec
means 250 separate frames or pictures for a 10 sec piece) the idea
of Countdown is a reasonable challenge within the allotted time.
The winners of this year will be shown as countdowns to next year's
movies at the Picturehouse.
Schools are invited to submit ideas developed
by their pupils for animated films up to a maximum of 3 minutes in
- The films can be made as model animation or two dimensional
- Five successful submissions will be commissioned to go into
production and screened as part of the Animated Exeter Festival
in February 2004 in the Exeter Picture House.
- Support will be provided by staff from the digital Media Education
Centre at all stages of the pre-production and production process
- The pupils themselves will film their work and record the soundtrack
on a professional video animation system at the digital Media Education
Centre, or if they prefer, at school using a portable version of
the same equipment.