Bridport Arts Newsletter


Year 5 pupils from St Mary’s Primary School in Bridport have taken part in this year’s From Page To Screen youth project. They worked with screenwriter Hester Schofield from the film festival to create their own adaptations of stories and poems by local storyteller Martin Maudsley.

With 2 days in the generous space of the Bridport Youth Centre’s sports hall they constructed detailed  sets from cardboard boxes, then used modelling clay to make Martin’s characters like the fearsome Dorset Ooser and cheeky Colmers Pixies. Teen filmmaker Elliot Millson shared his experience of stop-motion animation as the ten year olds painstakingly manipulated their models to create frame after frame of action filmed using their school iPads, before going into the Youth Centre’s dedicated sound studio with engineer Harry Warren and Martin to record voice-overs and effects.

Elliot is currently making his first 10 minute live action film ‘+44’ about a supernatural phonebox. With funds from Crowdfunder he hopes to give the short a professional post-production and take it to film festivals. If Crowdfunder ‘+44 Short Film’ raises in excess of his goal of £800 by the April 21 deadline he would like the extra funds to be used to purchase filming equipment that could be borrowed by other budding filmmakers from the Youth Centre. Youth Centre Manager Katrina Polanska said ‘It was amazing to see the hall transformed into a pop up film studio and we’re really excited about the potential for adding filming equipment to our existing sound studio, it would be great to extend our media resources for Bridport.’

The short animations can be seen at a special From Page To Screen event for families next Thursday April 12 2-5pm at the Bridport Youth Centre. Tickets are £1 and include storytelling by Martin Maudsley and the full-length animation ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’. There will also be a free screening and awards by film festival curator Garth Jennings for the pupils’ films at 1pm on Sunday April 15 at the Bridport Arts Centre, plus the chance to see a trailer of ‘+44’.

PHOTO – pupils from St Mary’s with Hester Schofield, Martin Maudsley and Elliot Millson

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