Young Caerphilly film-makers get animated thanks to new studio
5:02pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
NEW STUDIO: Left to right; Lovell community liaison officer Bernadette Vickery, students Millie Lambert, Ffion Powell (with camera), Carys Carter, Sean Gregory, David Gregory (front) and St Martin’s School head of art Darren Latham.
A CAERPHILLY school is hoping to produce the next generation of film-makers after the creation of a brand new animation studio.
St Martin’s School has created the studio with the help of local housing developer Lovell and housing association United Welsh.
Lovell, which is also working with United Welsh to build 82 new homes at the historic former Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital, transformed an old stockroom at the school into a hi-tech animation studio.
Weather girl Behnaz Akhgar and Cllr Michael Gray, Mayor of Caerphilly county borough, officially opened the new facility which will enable GCSE and A level art and design students to develop their animation skills.
If follows the launch of a student-run radio station at the school earlier this month.
Darren Latham, St Martin’s School head of art, said: “This brand new facility means we can now teach the full range of animation techniques including 3-D and digital work.
“The students love it and couldn’t wait to start using the new studio. It was something we have wanted to create for some time but the school didn’t have the funds immediately, so we are incredibly grateful for the help from Lovell and United Welsh.”
Steve Cranston, head of community investment at United Welsh, added: “We are delighted that this investment is going to make a real difference. It’s great to be able to help harness the creative energy that exists in our communities.”
David Gough, Lovell regional director, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to help create the animation room, a facility which will be a tremendous asset for students for years to come.”
As well as clearing out, redecorating and carpeting the former stockroom, the Lovell team created a tailored animation table which students will use for their animation work, in addition to equipping the studio with blackout blinds.
One of the first projects being created using the new animation room facilities focuses on the nearby former Miners’ Hospital itself, with students set to visit the development site.
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