Skinningrove Welcome to the Future

The premiere of the Skinningrove SL movie took place on Thursday 5th of Feb during the Animex International Animation Festival. There was a really good turn out which was great on a cold snowy evening in Saltburn just a few miles up the coast from Skinningrove. Saltburn Community Theatre provided a fantastic venue with its cinema style screen giving an excellent platform for the Skinningrove movie.

The Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland opened the proceedings and then we had a  series of animations produced by local school children at Redcar & Clevland City Learning Centre. Next, was some professional work by Digital City Fellows and then we had an interesting and insightfull talk from Martin Chatfiled on animation over the past hundred years. Martin used to work for Hanna Barbera and has embraced animation from the early days to the present day of computer driven movies.

Finally there came the film “Skinningrove Welcome To The Future”. This was fantastically received. Unfortuantely Ashok Kumar could not make the event but he was there in spirit (in Avatar?) and as far as we know represented the worlds first Member of Parliament to appear in an animation! (you can view the film below)

There was a Question & Answer session at the end the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland said “the film was a brilliant use of technology to vission the future” and he pledged his support for the rebuilding of the Jetty in real life. That same afternoon there had been a fantastic matinee performance. (pictures to follow) This was standing room only for local schoolchildren including the Skinningrove children from Whitecliffe Primary  who had sung the two songs featured and appeared in the movie as child avatars (played by adults)

There are some more screenings planned and there will also be an”installation” at the University of Teesside in the reception area. This is actually in the Second Life Island Teesslife so  many more people will be able to visit and see the presentation, visit the virtual Jetty and enjoy the movie.

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(pictures – Paul Davies)

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Other links that may interest you:

The Jetty Movie project wiki

The project audio blog

Skinningrove Link-Up

The Teachers TV program about the making of the virtual jetty(Teesside is in the 2nd half)

gazette article
Stockton & Darlington Times

The Straad Players


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