The Mersey Gateway Project

Budding filmmakers inspired by bridge project

January 20, 2017adminNews

Schoolchildren from two Halton primary schools have produced films about bridge building after being inspired by the Mersey Gateway Project.

Year 4 pupils from Bridgewater Park Primary School and Gorsewood Primary School in Runcorn worked with Liverpool-based Handstand Productions to create their very own short films about bridge design and construction.

MG budding filmmakers

The budding Steven Spielbergs’ took part in filmmaking workshops where they learnt about bridges from around the world and conducted field research in their local area to understand how bridges are made.

The youngsters then designed and built their own model bridges using a variety of materials including paper, cardboard, sticky tape, glue, plasticine, polystyrene cups, plastic bricks and old books.

Both schools produced a five-minute documentary style film with pupils in charge of operating the camera, setting the lights, recording sound, and working together as a film crew.

Han Duijvendak, Director of Handstand Films, said: “The children really enjoyed the mixture of filmmaking work and bridge-building. It was great to see how the different groups all found their own ways of making the bridges and how they wanted to show the process on camera.

“The short films are great fun and give the viewer a good idea of how enthusiastically the children – and the teachers – worked on the project. They should all be very proud of what they achieved. We were really happy to be able to be part of this project.”

On Thursday evening, Mayor of Halton, Cllr Ged Philbin, led a celebration of the children’s films, as well as a range of projects in sculpture, relief panels, willow and book art, at the Brindley Theatre.

Their work is being featured within the Creative Connections Two art exhibition running at the Brindley until 18 February.

In total, six local primary schools; Brookfields School, St Bede’s Catholic Infant School, St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, The Brow Community Primary, and Bridgewater and Gorsewood, are involved in the exhibition.

The schoolchildren worked with artists Kate Bufton, Jojo Gleave, Handstand Films, One Red Shoe and Angela Sidwell, to explore and create new work across artistic disciplines.

Neil Wilcock, Employment and Skills Co-ordinator at Merseylink, said: “This is another great example of how the Mersey Gateway Project is inspiring the next generation in Halton. It really is fantastic to see the children learning new skills and developing their creative ideas with the support of professional artists.”

The Creative Connections programme was set up by Halton Borough Council in partnership with Accent Music Education Hub and construction joint venture Merseylink, to get youngsters thinking imaginatively about Halton’s new river crossing.

School films:

Gorsewood Primary School film

Bridgewater Park Primary School film

Halton Borough Council Mersey Link

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