Create movie magic with Aardman!

Schoolchildren across the UK are invited to put their creative skills to the test for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get their idea developed into a short film by Aardman Animations, the makers of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, in a fun and inspiring new competition, ’Creating Movie Magic’, devised by the education charity Into Film and the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, in collaboration with National Schools Partnership and supported by Cinema First and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The winner will also enjoy a visit to the Aardman Studios in Bristol with their teacher and classmates to learn about the making of their film and have their film screened in front of hundreds of thousands of young people in UK cinemas later this year.

This innovative competition is open to children aged 9-14 and is part of a campaign to teach young people about the value of creativity and the role and importance of copyright, and encourage them to view film through legal channels. Pupils can enter individually or in teams of up to four; full details including competition hints and tips, an eight box storyboard template and guidance on creating a storyboard are available to download at at the activity marked ‘Competition’.

Teachers and pupils can also download the full curriculum-linked Creating Movie Magic resource, which explores stop motion, false perspective and other creative skills, teaches students to create their own basic visual effects and introduces them to behind-the-scenes roles of the film industry and the many skilled jobs that go into filmmaking. The resource – including teachers notes, curriculum links, activity sheets and a power point presentation explaining intellectual property – is aimed mainly at Year 6 and Key Stage 3 art, design and technology, media and film studies teachers, with cross-curricular links to numeracy, literacy and ICT.

Creating Movie Magic is the first project in the new collaboration between film and education charity Into Film, which aims to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development, and the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, a body championing respect. Creating Movie Magic has been designed in collaboration with National Schools Partnership, and is supported by Cinema First and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

To download the Creating Movie Magic Competition and Resource visit

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