On Thursday 25 October Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II visited BFI Southbank to celebrate 60 years of the BFI’s first permanent cinema on London’s South Bank. The event was also a celebration of British Film in this special Jubilee year.
As part of its on-going ‘Cultural Campus’ partnership with BFI Southbank Lambeth CLC was involved in supporting an animation session for Year 6 pupils from Telferscot Primary School that Her Majesty The Queen, observed as part of her visit.
The school had decided to make a short animation entitled ‘A Royal Year’. They had already prepared the art work and storyboard in school, including scenes from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, highlighting Zara Phillips taking part in the Equestrian event, as well as the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and The Queen’s tour of the country.
On the day of the visit, under tight time pressures and with The Queen taking a close interest, the children created their animation. At 11.20am The Queen arrived, took a close look at each of the scenes and asked questions of the children regarding the detail of their work. The children confidently explained how the animating process worked and the choices they had made in relation to the scenes. As one pupil drew rain drops as part of the ‘pageant scene’ Her Majesty The Queen joked ‘I don’t remember the rain!’
Playing in the background was a silent movie based on a short scene from ‘The Ring’ by Alfred Hitchcock, which the class had made last year as part of their involvement in the ‘Cultural Campus’ Programme between BFI and Lambeth CLC.
A number of pupils were also interviewed for BBC London News and by the BFI in-house team further extending their film experiences.
This was an incredible day showcasing the work of the young people and of Lambeth City Learning Centre. The completed animation can be seen on the Lambeth CLC Vimeo channel. Please follow the link below.