North Somerset children go to Noscars
By Prue_Reid | Sunday, October 21, 2012, 11:49
Following in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow young filmmakers from North Somerset attended their own Oscar-style awards ceremony.
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Children from primary and special schools across the district donned ball gowns and tuxedos for the glittering Noscars.
The Noscars celebrates how animation and film-making techniques are being developed engaging all learners, firing the imagination through team work and demonstrating young people's creativity.
The event, now in its fifth year, has become a highlight in the school calendar, organised by North Somerset Council and partner Agilisys.
Arriving by limousines to the snaps of paparazzi flashes, the talented youngsters and their techers arrived at the Winter Gardens on Weston-super-Mare's seafront.
Schools created short films based on the theme of Olympics 2012 and industry bosses praised their fantastic and professional efforts.
A total of 24 films were shortlisted and winners were announced at the gala event.
Aardman Animations creative director Merlin Crossingham was the surprise guest compere and presented prizes to those winners in the Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Special Schools categories.
The event has once again drawn a fantastic portfolio of sponsorship with the likes of Aardman Animations, Weston Apple Regional Training Centre, Kudlian, Groupcall, Oscar Stringer, Agilisys and Liberata.
Key Stage 1 winners
First - Walliscote Primary School, Weston-super-Mare
Second – Hannah More Infant School, Nailsea
Third – West Leigh Infant School, Backwell
Key Stage 2 winners
First – Mendip Green Primary School, Weston-super-Mare
Second - Walliscote Primary School, Weston-super-Mare
Third – Castle Batch Primary School, Weston-super-Mare
Special school winners
First – Baytree School, Weston-super-Mare
Clarity of message – West Leigh Infant School, Backwell
Storyboard - Winscombe Primary School
Camera techniques – St Andrew's CE Primary School, Congresbury
Special effects – Walliscote Primary School, Weston-super-Mare
Sound - St Andrew's CE Primary School, Congresbury
Animation – Yatton Junior School
North Somerset Council executive member for children and young people's services Jeremy Blatchford said: "I continue to be tremendously impressed at the variety and quality of the material that is being produced - in fact it is quite humbling seeing the care and time our young people have put in and it is a fitting tribute that their efforts are recognised at this special event."
The Nailsea councillors added: "It is also great that renowned organisations continue to lend their support and backing to our young film makers."
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