Pupils over the moon at space film success

'Tim & Sky's Adventure', a stop-motion animation by the P7 pupils at Timmergreens has been nominated for a national award.
'Tim & Sky's Adventure', a stop-motion animation by the P7 pupils at Timmergreens has been nominated for a national award.

The creative pupils at Timmergreens Primary School have earned themselves a spot on the red carpet at a prestigious national youth film awards ceremony in London.

They have been nominated for a 2017 Into Film Award in the ‘Into Film: Into Space and Home supported by UK Space Agency (12 and under)’ category, for their stop-motion animation ‘Tim and Sky’s Adventure’.

A delegation from the filmmaking group will be attending the star-studded awards night at the Leicester Square Odeon on Tuesday, March 14, which is hosted by film and education organisation Into Film and supported by the British Film Institute through National Lottery funding.

It was inspired by the exploits of British astronaut Tim Peake and one of their fellow classmates, and made with help from filmmaker Andrew Low as part of a SIMI Primary Project.

The film tells the tale of two friends, Tim and Sky, who accidentally launch their school’s experimental rocket and find themselves on a mysterious red planet in the depths of space.

All of the children, who are in P7, are understandably proud of their achievement.

'Tim & Sky's Adventure', a stop-motion animation by the P7 pupils at Timmergreens has been nominated for a national award.

'Tim & Sky's Adventure', a stop-motion animation by the P7 pupils at Timmergreens has been nominated for a national award.

Megan Steele said: “It was really fun because we got to do something we’ve never done before. I enjoyed working with Andrew. I’ve never made an animated movie before and it helped me to work in groups.”

The pupils were involved in every aspect of the project. Aaran Griffiths came up with one ideas for one of the spaceship scenes and got to develop it. He said: “I was pleased with the part I filmed, I’m pleased with all of it! It was fun.”

Thomas Geddes added: “ I very much enjoyed it and it was the best thing I have ever done. I enjoyed taking the photos and working out the movements.”

The film does however have a serious message applicable to all ages. Erin Neil explained: “The message we were trying to get out was that the alien was kind of scary at first but then turned out to be quite friendly, so you can’t judge people by their looks.”

'Tim & Sky's Adventure', a stop-motion animation by the P7 pupils at Timmergreens has been nominated for a national award.

'Tim & Sky's Adventure', a stop-motion animation by the P7 pupils at Timmergreens has been nominated for a national award.

Class teacher Lauren Baird added: “In the planning stages, the children decided to use the theme of space as they were inspired by Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station. During the process, the children worked in co-operative teams to plan and create the plot, setting, characters, scenery and the script. They thoroughly enjoyed using a range of technology to create their animation and were thrilled to see it all come together as a film. They should be very proud of their achievement.”

Unfortunately not all of the children are able to go to the awards night, so representatives were chosen by lottery.

Depute head Jill Cassidy said the youngsters were very understanding. She said: “The children were great. The children have been so understanding that it was the luck of the draw and the fairest way to do it. It’s so exciting for them.”

One person who cannot wait to find out the result next week is headteacher Jacqui Smith who is very proud of all of the pupils.

'Tim & Sky's Adventure', a stop-motion animation by the P7 pupils at Timmergreens has been nominated for a national award.

'Tim & Sky's Adventure', a stop-motion animation by the P7 pupils at Timmergreens has been nominated for a national award.

She said: “We are so excited and pleased to be nominated for this award. The pupils and Andrew Low worked hard on their animation and were very proud of the result. To be nominated for such a prestigious award in an honour and a first for us here at Timmergreens in Angus. We can’t wait to find out if we have been successful.”

The Arbroath Herald would like to wish Timmergreens’ young filmmakers the best of luck next week at the awards.

You can watch the finished film on our website or on YouTube.