Young film makers pick up national award

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Talented young film makers were recognised with a national award.

Year 10 pupils from Ryburn Valley High School were awarded Best Picture and Sound at the Panasonic Kids Witness News Film Making Competition.

A team of nine children aged 14 and 15 picked up the award for their four minute film examining climate change.

Joe Wood, media technician at the school, said: “They investigated climate change with the kids discussing things like how the weather seems to be getting colder with all the snow we had this winter.

“They invited an industry expert from the Met Office to answer their questions.”

Mr Wood said the group were very excited after winning the award.

He said: “It’s brilliant and great reward for their hard work.

“The kids do all the filming and interviewing people as well as writing the scripts.

“We just help with the green screen and special effects - this year we did a CGI snowman from one of the girl’s drawings and animated it.

However it is not the first accolade the Sowerby school has picked up for its media productions.

“We won Best cinematography last year but are still working towards winning the big overall prize for Best Film,” said Mr Wood.

The winners of the Best Film prize travel to the international awards in Japan.

While the project is useful for learning media skills Mr Wood says it is an all round learning experience.

“The children learn most about the actual topic they are covering,” he said.

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