QUEEN VICTORIA'S JOURNEY
ANIMATION WORKSHOP AND FILM
In 2013 Borbonesa were commissioned by New Theatre Royal to work with Year 2 children, to produce a short film commemorating Queen Victoria’s 1844 train journey to Gosport. We worked with 60 children to produce a 60ft landscape depicting the countryside between London and Gosport populated by characters and creatures of the time. We constructed a ‘scroll machine’ to feed the landscape through, while the royal train remained fixed in position. The children worked in small groups, rotating between activities so that all had the opportunity to create artwork, record sound effects and animate their section of the journey.
Made over three days, with volunteers Sergio De Souza and Kimberley Roberts from the University of Portsmouth, the film was launched at Gosport Discovery Centre as part of the festivities celebrating Queen Victoria’s Journey. The finished film can now be viewed on our online video channel.
The project was part of Borbonesa’s Timequake project. It is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
“This project was exactly what we had hoped for. The children’s involvement was well organised. The teachers and the 60 pupils who took part in the making of the animation had an excellent, creative and educational experience. The final film was a joy!”
Liz Weston, project coordinator
“Thank you for the opportunity. It really was an experience I won’t forget. I feel it has opened a new door for me and I would consider a career in teaching once I have enough experience to pass on. I am glad that I was part of it all.”
Sergio De Souza, workshop assistant
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