Create Studios, Swindon Borough Council’s own digital media centre specialising in work with aspiring young media makers and communities across Swindon, has just scooped two major awards.
The £95K award from the National Lottery, Grants for the Arts strand, run by Arts Council England secures the next 3 years of groundbreaking work across the town using film, animation, digital photography, web and gaming, for people to gain new skills and tell their stories using the latest digital media working alongside the professional team at Create Studios.
The three year programme will culminate in a major regional project in celebration of Create’s 30th anniversary and linking Swindon communities to those in Bristol and Plymouth via the BBC Big Screens.
Shahina Johnson, Manager of Create Studios said, “We are delighted at this fantastic vote of confidence from the Arts Council in the fantastic media work happening in Swindon. This 3 year commitment by them means we can deliver groundbreaking initiatives to benefit people across the town, and grow the next generation of young people who will be part of the expanding Creative Industries scene in Swindon.”
National Award for Create delivered anti-smoking film made by Commonweal School
Young people from three schools across the UK gained awards from Cut Films, a national film competition to bring messages about smoking to young people across the country. Swindon scooped the Judges Award for the best film… Choice 2nd Prize – Stamp It Out by The Commonweal School, Swindon. Evan Costello of Commonweal School was accompanied by Marilyn Fitzgerald, Create’s Production Manager to receive the award in a London ceremony from TV and film actress, Rachael Stirling, who is best known for her roles in Tipping the Velvet (2002) and the TV series of DH Lawrence, Women in Love (2011).
Chosen for communicating the most provocative and engaging stop smoking messages for young people, the three winning films, written, created and produced by young people, were selected by a glittering judging panel of young people, advertising and health experts.
Cut Films’ aim is to challenge young people to make films which will encourage their friends not to smoke and spread their messages online through YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. The Campaign wants to reduce the numbers of young people who start smoking – statistics show that 2 out of 3 people start smoking before they are 18 years old. Following a small pilot last year, this year’s Cut Films competition has proved hugely popular amongst teachers and students, attracting 78 online film entries from schools, youth groups and individuals from all over the UK.
Create Studios at Big Arts Day – 120 people took part in a lighthearted film portrait of the day, using special effects and their imaginations based within the amazing Createmobile, the organisation’s mobile digital studio which helps people participate across the town. The film will be on the BAD website soon.
It’s all still happening!
Create Studios is currently delivering a major Digital Photography project, Back to Black and White with Heritage Lottery Funding, to bring the unique photographic archive of Albert Beaney photos held at the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery out to the public this year.
Calling all young people who want to get involved in the media!
You can get involved now by joining in the ever popular Create Summerschools, led by industry professionals to raise the best media talent in Swindon. The next one, week commencing 15 August, is our filmschool,
Burning Ambitions where a team will work together as a filmcrew to make a music video. For further information contact Create Studios on 01793 465333.
Pictured, top: Evan Costello at the London awards ceremony, below: the amazing Createmobile at the Big Arts Day