Wednesday 23 April 2014

Shoot Smart - Mobile Movies

 Big Voice Media Collective has been awarded a grant from Into Film to support children and young people from four Kirklees schools investigate the effectiveness of tablet-based filmmaking through the Shoot Smart project.

Thanks to Into Film, Big Voice Media Collective will be working with forty young people from Kirklees over a four month period to make four high quality cinematic short films using only tablet devices, apps and associated accessories as part of Shoot Smart, a pioneering mobile filmmaking project that seeks to establish the effectiveness of using mobile and tablet devices for filmmaking in the classroom. Each of the films will be created as a vehicle for extensive action research looking at the suitability of tablets and associated software for the creation of high quality film content across animation and live action filmmaking.

Into Film is a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK. With only three other grants being awarded nationally, this presents an exciting opportunity for local children and young people to be part of a new investigative project whose findings will be used to inform Into Film’s future film education work and filmmaking opportunities nationally.

This project, titled Mobile Movies, is being managed and delivered by Big Voice Media Collective with support from Natalie Deane (Lead Teacher and Arts Education Consultant) based in Kirklees MC and Oya Consultancy; an association of education professionals who have a distinguished track record of supporting and advising schools and colleges in raising attainment and achievement by providing excellent learning experiences. A team of filmmaking specialists will guide children and young people through each stage of the filmmaking process, whilst also encouraging them to contribute to research tasks incorporated within the creative workshops. Children and young people involved in this exciting project have been recruited from Battyeford CE Primary School, Thurstonland First School, Ashbrow Primary School & North Huddersfield Trust School.

Big Voice Media Collective is a group of artists and creative practitioners with a passion for exposing children and young people to the world of moving image storytelling through engaging high quality filmmaking experiences. With the support of professional filmmakers from Big Voice Media Collective, participants in Mobile Movies will explore each stage of the filmmaking process from story development, through shooting, to the final edit and will record their findings with the support of specialists from Oya Consultancy in the compilation of extensive research data set to inform and benefit the future of young peoples filmmaking.

Thursday 13 March 2014

Shoot Smart Success!


Here at Big Voice Media Collective we are incredibly pleased and excited to bring you this amazing news! Please see the below extract from the intofilm website:

We recently brought you news of Shoot Smart, our pioneering mobile filmmaking project that sought to establish the effectiveness of using mobile and tablet devices for filmmaking in the classroom.
After receiving a total of 42 applications, a judging panel of professional filmmakers whittled it down to a shortlist of 12, before deciding on the winning four projects — Big Voice Media Collective, Ideal Films, The Rural Media Company and Xube Limited.

Big Voice Media Collective — Huddersfield, Yorkshire and Humberside

Big Voice Media Collective will be working with forty young people over a four month period to make four films using only tablet devices, focusing on one filmmaking technique at a time across both animation and live action filmmaking. They will be delivering their project in two phases, using research gathered from the first phase to inform the second.

Ideal Films — Swindon, South West

Ideal Films have ten years experience working with young people on filmmaking projects and will be working with three schools on this project. Their focus is on pushing the limits of what can be achieved with tablet filmmaking, providing an exemplar for future students.

The Rural Media Company — Worcester and Kidderminster, The West Midlands

The Rural Media Company will be will be looking at both live-action and animated filmmaking in order to establish whether tablet devices prescribe or suggest new methods of working and sharing film content. They will be working with tablet filmmaking apps including iMovie, Legomovie, 8mm, Scripted and Animation Creator.

Xube Limited — London

Xube will produce an inspiring introduction to tablet filmmaking for two sets of 20 London children, over seven weeks, via after school workshops. These will results in the production of two short films, delivering a robust analysis of the tablet filmmaking process. The workshops have been designed as a viable platform for testing the needs, gaps and barriers to practical tablet filmmaking.

These projects will support a wide cross section of young people to make films with tablets including those with learning difficulties and complex needs, those living in rural locations, those with English as an Additional Language and pupils from a multiethnic secondary school.
The four projects will deliver their findings to Into Film in August of this year — we'll be using these findings to inform our future work and filmmaking opportunities.

Friday 13 December 2013

Thursday 12 September 2013

Faces and Minibeasts

This great project started with the theme of 'Faces and Minibeasts', with a focus on mixed media drawing and iPad generated morphing animation. Great Fun! Some of the process can be seen here and here

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Magic Frames

Here's a reminder that the wonderful films from the First Light funded Magic Frames project can be seen in full here! Enjoy!

Friday 11 May 2012


Lovely short film made with pupils in Batley at Hyrstmount Junior School. The process can be seen here.