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Animators of the future test their talents

CREATIVE children from around Bognor Regis have put their ideas on to film as part of an exciting animation workshop.


Held at The Base Skatepark in Bognor Regis, the Lights Camera Action! workshop saw 24 enthusiastic young film-makers come together to make their own stop-motion videos.


Using computers, cameras, Lego and arts and crafts goods provided by Curiosity Hub, the children used one of film-making’s most tried and tested techniques.


Organisers were considering similar workshops for children in the future to be held at the railway station’s proposed digital hub.


Jenni Lloyd, from Wired Sussex – one of the groups working under the West Sussex County Council to create the workshop – was pleased by the reaction the free event had prompted.


She said: “It’s been really good.


“This was really an experiment to see what kind of appetite there was for workshops like this. ”


Certainly the day proved popular with the children all aged between 9-11 years old.


Ten-year-old Adam Francis, from Aldwick, was working on a short film about a deep-sea diver.


He said: “Me and my friend, Imogen, have made films like this before. I do it at home as well. My parents helped me the first time I made a video. But it’s easy now.


“In this film the diver gets attacked. It’s a bit gruesome!”


His friend, Imogen Orde, 10, from Pagham, explained how the process can be time-consuming. “It’s really fun although it can get frustrating because it takes a long time to set everything up,” she said.


For 11-year-old Eleanor Grant, the workshop provided a new opportunity. She said: “This is my first time making an animation. I’ve really enjoyed it especially as I found my friends here too.”


Plenty of friends attended the day. Nancy Hammond, aged nine, from Bognor Regis, attended alongside Anya Petter, also nine.


Nancy was impressed with what they made. She said: “It’s really fun. Our film is called Alex and the Giant Fidget Spinner, it’s very funny.”


Anya explained how she was building on skills she already had. “This is my first time using a computer like this but not my first time making animations. I used to make them at home using my tablet,” she said.


Organiser Victoria Hilditch was pleased to see all the workshop places taken. She said: “We ran out of spaces almost straight away, which was great. And we were lucky to hold it in such an amazing venue.


“The idea is that the digital hub might be able to support an event like this.”

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