Our animation department is growing and developing every year. This flexible art form offers a creative process that can be extremely effective for the participants involved as well as producing animated films that have the ability to explore a range of often challenging issues in a safe and succinct way.
Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or models in order to create an illusion of movement. Our groups choose the style of animation they would like to create and also write the film scripts and record the film soundtracks.
We usually work in stop-motion animation, creating films by helping people physically manipulate real objects and models and filming them one frame of film at a time to create the illusion of movement. Although computer software is widely available to create this type of animation, we prefer the more old-school styles of stop-motion animation like claymation, cut-out animation, object animation and puppet animation, as this offers participants a really hands-on creative process.
Here are some of our animated films:
Wishing on a Star – The film follows the fortunes of a girl called Jessie who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Misunderstood by her classmates and teachers alike Jessie’s life seems to go from one disappointing day to another…
A Day in the Life of a Betws Bard – The village of Betws lies in tir iarll, or the Earls Land, in the ancient kingdom of Glamorgan. Many people live here today, but in 1471 it was very different indeed.
Deep – This short film was made in a day as part of a ‘DEEP’ Equal Project (supported by The Welsh Development Agency) workshop at Valley and Vale Community Arts, where a group of ‘Change Agents’ from around Wales, who were doing research into barriers to employment, expressed their feelings through the various art forms we offered.
Red, Amber, Green– Red, Amber, Green, a film about dealing with bullying, was made by young people at Kenfig Comprehensive School working with facilitator Tim Smith as part of our New Opportunities Fund Arts and Media project in the Bridgend Borough.
Sera – Over the past few years we have been working in partnership with Women’s Aid in Bridgend and the Domestic Violence Forum, Bridgend, working with young people in the borough to stimulate discussion, awareness and understanding around the complex issues of domestic abuse, violence and bullying.