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