BUDDING film-makers from Burntisland Primary School have been nominated for a prestigious national award.
A total of 66 seven-year-olds from the school worked as a team last year to make the animated ‘Granny Mac’s Meringues’.
And now the film has been shortlisted in the Best Film by under 11s category at the First Light Awards.
Six lucky pupils will travel to London to attend the ceremony on March 5, where their film will be judged by Oscar-winning directors Danny Boyle and Sam Mendes, as well as Jason Isaacs - Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films - amongst others.
Teacher Liz Whatmore, who worked as co-producer on the film, said: “The children learned so many new skills during the process such as creating characters, building sets, model making, voiceovers, storyboarding, camera skills and how to animate.
“This was an amazing experience for all and everyone had their special moment to shine.”
Heart & soul
The children worked with animation firm Red Kite Animations, and Jim Stirk, workshop coordinator, said the news was “fantastic”.
“The children did really well working on what was quite a complex film,” he said.
“There were a lot taking part and they were all allocated different sections.
‘‘They put their heart and soul into it and were great to work with.
“It’s the youngest group I’ve ever worked with and to entirely animate such a complicated piece all by themselves is such a great achievement for primary three!”
The story revolves around the Queen on a visit to Hisland Island to choose a hat for the royal wedding.
She visits local milliner Hettie McHattie and events take an unexpected turn when her hat steals the show!
The whole process was also documented by film maker Chas Whatmore.
Liz, who will be travelling to London with the children for the award ceremony, along with teacher Dot Rossborough, said: “This was very much a community project with support from parents and local businesses alike.
“We are indebted to Briggs Marine, Martin Ferguson, Kenny Reid, Joanna Briggs, parents and Burntisland Parent Council.
“This has been one of the most unforgettable experiences for me.”
>> Watch the film:
Granny Mac’s Meringues’ is available to watch on You Tube.****