PURE Animation 2012!

Participant Sasha Lorrigan with An Cathaoirleach Councillor Tom Joyce.

Hi all!

I recently had the pleasure of hosting the first ever PURE Animation Environmental Film School, produced in co-operation with the PURE Project and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
The workshop took place over two sessions in April and May, one at Mounttown Community Facility and the other at Cabinteely Community School. We had 23 participants overall, aged from 10-17 years old.

Before I go on too long, here are the four films: 

Struck ill by polluted water, Bob must come to terms with what seems an uncertain future...
created by
Eimear O’Connell, Sarah O’Neill, Megan Taite, Ben Callahan, Adam Doyle, Oriane Eymery

Project supervisor
Pádraig Fagan

Strange little green men have come up with a novel solution to their rubbish problem
- Dump it on Earth!
created by
Adam Cantwell-Xenopoulos, Sasha Lorigan, Philippe Lorigan, Sean McInerney, April Mooney, Amber Mooney and Ruby McAlister

Project supervisor
Eimhin McNamara

One man’s careless actions cause a global catastrophe.
Is there any hope of a second chance?
created by
Derek Wall, Ryan Palmer, Michael Andrews, James Hornillios, Anthony Whelan, Sarah O'Neill

Project supervisor
Pádraig Fagan

A ship dumps its cargo of nuclear waste in the Arctic, stirring something strange up from from the depths...
created by:Megan Taite, Jefferson Tolentino, Erwin Bonifacio, Robert Mullally, Shane Donohue, Jack Travers

Project supervisor
Eimhin McNamara

The films were facilitated by myself and Pádraig Fagan with the assistance of Carol Freeman and featured all-original music by the multi-talented Chris McLoughlin, all three of which have hosted their own workshops to boot!

With the assistance of Donal Mangan we also did some filming of the students at work and I have put together a little behind the scenes video to show how we approached the animation on A Bob from the Past and Rubbish Express, and also to give an idea of how much patience and concentration the students exhibited.

Here is a little slideshow of photos taken during the workshop:

Ian Davis of the PURE Project introducing the programme
Last week the films were premièred in the Kingston Hotel in Dún Laoghaire, presented by Ian Davis of the PURE Project and An Cathaoirleach Councillor Tom Joyce.

A captive audience in (L-R) Philippe Lorigan, Adam Cantwell-Xenopolous and Sasha Lorrigan.

Shane Donohue of Cabinteely Community School being presented with his award by Councillor Tom Joyce
Megan Taite with her award, her film Nuclear Winter is visible in the background.
After the screening, each student was awarded a certificate, presented to them by An Cathaoirleach.

(L-R) Sarah O'Neill, Adam Cantwell-Xenopoulous, Philippe Lorigan, Sasha Lorigan, Eimear O'Connell and Councillor Tom Joyce.
I hope you enjoy all the students' work!

Eimhin McNamara

special thanks go out to:Ian Davis @ the PURE Project
Kate Hynes & Dean Eaton @ Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Emily Keogh & James Moloney @ Cabinteely Community School
All the Staff @ Mounttown Community Facility
Deirdre Foran @ dforandesign
and of course all of the participating students!

PURE ANIMATION is an initiative of:
the PURE (Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments) Project
and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Photography from the première is courtesy of Jason Clarke Photography