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Eco Film Fun for Local School Children.

Posted on 31st March 2014 | Cinemagic News

45 school children from Finaghy Primary School and Scoil an Droichid had a flavour of the movie making industry this month having participated in their very own film production.

Under the guidance of Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People with support from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) NGO Challenge Fund, the pupils created two short films, made in Ormeau Park and Woodvale Park, Belfast, aimed at highlighting the importance of nature and the environment.

The project was assisted by ParkLife, an engagement initiative run in partnership by Ulster Wildlife and Belfast City Council to help local people get outdoors and explore nature in Belfast's parks.

The young people spent three days on each film, getting the opportunity to explore nature and the filmmaking process from concept to screen. Cinemagic and Ulster Wildlife visited the schools as part of the production and the young filmmakers created storyboards for the film and examined topics that they wanted to feature.

Aine O’Reilly, Cinemagic, said “Through the medium of film the young people had the chance to explore nature, increase their awareness of protecting the environment and experiencing the benefits of getting outdoors to enjoy local parks and wild time. The participants were introduced to storyboarding, camera technique, and audio recording, and had the chance to develop their interviewing and acting skills”.

Victoria Magreehan, Ulster Wildlife, said “The school children loved taking part in this innovative project, getting to show off what they’ve learned about nature, having fun outdoors, and making a film – what a great example of Outdoor Classrooms in the City! We’ve been delighted to work with Cinemagic to add this new angle to the ParkLife education programme, Ulster Wildlife always looking for new ways of engaging people with nature and getting kids outdoors!.

The films will be showcased at a local cinema as well as screened at the 2014 Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in October.

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Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer, 028 90 311 900 / claire@cinemagic.org.uk

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