Media Production students launch crowdfunding project to finance new film

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A group of ten Media Production students at Coventry University have banded together to try and raise $500 to fund a new project, showcasing a mix of still images and cinemagraphs to create an exciting new form of animation.

The project started when the second year students were introduced to Maddy Ryder, a third year Creative Writing student, who had just finished writing a script called ‘The Story of Toys’. Set in the future the script tells the story of one mouse’s struggle through everyday life in an oversized world. Influenced by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, as well as recent current events; the story depicts a world that has become uninhabitable by humans. Following their evacuation to other planets, the abandoned, now redundant toys find themselves new jobs, not so dissimilar to our own.

“We hope ‘The Story of Toys’ will be a film to make people think as well as to entertain them.”

The students need to raise funds for their ‘cast’; essentially a large selection of toys and a one of a kind handmade mouse toy who will take the leading role in the film, so they have set up an Indiegogo crowdfunding page to try and raise the money required.

“The people and students of Coventry have been amazing helping us with donations. One lady even donated some dolls for us to use as ‘extras’ on set. But we still need to raise more funds and if anyone can donate, or even just share our campaign on social media, we would be most grateful.”

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/the-story-of-toys-animation/embedded/15936160

University students take to the subways of Coventry to hold Urban Photography Exhibition

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Last week seven Coventry University students held an impromptu pop up photography exhibition in the subways below Coventry’s infamous ring road.

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The second year Media Production students designed the exhibition to show how urban life and nature have evolved to live side by side in the 21st century, and debuted urban scenes from around the local area and Europe.

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The images were contrasted against projections of nature video footage that played on the subway’s ceiling and all visitors to the exhibition were provided with headphones and a downloadable soundscape so they could enjoy the sounds of nature as they walked around the exhibition.

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The students were greatly inspired by the work of Cork Analogue Photographers who collaborated with Guerrilla Exhibition back in 2011 to showcase their art on derelict shop faces along the streets of Dublin.

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Cork Analogue Photographers/Guerrilla Exhibition, Dublin, 2011

A small group of friends and family turned out for the early evening event, on one of the coldest weeks this January, but the students told us the highlight of the exhibition was seeing the reaction of surprised passers by as they walked home through the subways and happened upon the group’s art work.

“Seeing people, at first confused, but then heartened by our work really made the whole project so worthwhile”

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Arts Gymnasium

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This week I interviewed for, and secured, a job as a Photography Assistant working for the DMLL in conjunction with Age Concern Coventry and the local Belgrade Theatre. The photography would be used to document weekly drama sessions, to show the participants their progress and would also be a way to relay this progress to Coventry University’s research team and their backers. The project will run for approximately 11 weeks, culminating with a photography exhibition and film screening of the work produced at the Belgrade Theatre to students, the general public and the University’s research team.

“Arts Gymnasium is part of the Belgrade Theatre’s Community & Education programme, and uses theatre and arts activities to contribute to the quality of life and positive well-being of people living in Coventry. These sessions are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, and run once a week during school term time at the Belgrade Theatre.”

In my role as Photography Assistant, working alongside a small film crew who I will also be assisting at times, I will need to make the drama students as comfortable as possible with having me and my camera around. So, for the first few weeks, I will be attending sessions without my camera and just taking part in classes, alongside students, so they can get to know me and exactly why I’m there. Hopefully once they know more about my role and how I can help them tell their stories through my photography, and through the film crew’s documentary, I am hoping they will welcome us into their group.

Pepakura

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As part of International Women’s Week Coventry’s FabLab hosted a Pepakura Papercraft session at the WOW Cafe in the City Arcade today.

Pepakura is a Japanese form of papercraft, similar to origami. But whereas origami involves making an object from a single sheet of paper, using just folding techniques, pepakura incorporates cutting and gluing to make a more complex 3D construction.

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The paper model being made and decorated at the session today was a 3D sculpture of a rabbit by the German artist Jan Krummrey. Jan has been making and designing pepakuras for many years and is famous for his DIY tutorials on instuctables.com. If you missed today’s session, but would like to have a go at making your own bunny in time for Easter, there is another Pepakura Papercraft workshop at 2pm on Saturday 12th March at Sapphire Papercuts, also located in the City Arcade, Coventry.

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For further information please contact Heather Parker. tel: 0780 800 2005 email: heather.parker@coventry.ac.uk

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There are many more events going on around the city over the next few days to celebrate Interntional Women’s Week. From a play at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, to Open Mic nights and Pampering sessions. To find out what’s happening in your area check out the official website below.

http://covwomensweek.org