SCHOOL pupils have been given a taste of Hollywood after winning their second national movie making competition of the year.
The film club at Hexthorpe Primary School were awarded top prize in an Olympic based competition after producing a two minute film featuring animation, singing and some special effects in a Looney Tunes themed sports film.
And for getting first prize in the competition, the school were treated to a visit from Chris Parks and Adam May, directors of Vision3, who have worked on Hollywood movies including John Carter, Wrath of the Titans and Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides.
They are also currently working on Warner Bros’ Jack and the Giant Slayer, starring Nicholas Hoult, which will be released next year.
As part of the visit the two guest stars held a question and answer session with the members of the school’s film club and handed out prizes, which included a 3D film screening complete with sweets, popcorn and beanbags and some DVDs signed by author Nick Hornby.
The competition was run by the National Charity FilmClub who give children the chance to watch a diverse range of films and create their own movies.
A spokesman for the competition judging panel said: “With their multi-faceted spoof of basketball comedy Space Jam, Hexthorpe showed off a range of film-making techniques, including stop-motion animation, hand-drawn animation, special editing effects (the disappearing trick), and colourful wigs and masks.
“We also loved their recreation of the famous ‘Looney Tunes’ finale, using hula hoops - not all special effects have to be computer-generated, as Hexthorpe proved!
“The school’s Year 3, Class 7 children made the film, writing their own script, acting in it, making the masks and doing the animation.”
It is the second time this year that the school’s Film Club has won a national competition. They also picked up top spot for a video about getting racism out of football and were invited to Old Trafford to pick up their prizes.