All budding filmmakers should check out what's on at the BFI this August. The British Film Institute in Southbank are running a series of workshops as part of their Family Learning Summer special.
On the 16th August, Daylight Vampires will take inspiration from the 1922 film, Nosferatu. You will make vampire videos using a green screen and costumes. The workshop is between 11am-4pm, costs £20 and suitable for 11-15 year olds.
Sticking with its theme of the undead, the 20th August will introduce you to The Enemy. The Enemy is a series of novels by Charlie Higson, the latest of which is called The Fallen. After a disease turns the adult population into zombies, they go in search of children to eat. As part of the launch, a trailer competition for 10-15 year olds is being held. The BFI is giving children the opportunity to make their trailer in a workshop in order to submit it to the contest. It is £25 per child, but parents are also allowed to join in as adults will be needed to participate.
Younger children will be able to learn how stop-motion animation films are made on the 21st August. Between 10.30am-2.30pm, there will be colouring, playing with plasticine, and fun with zoetropes. It is £5 per child or £4 each for siblings.
For the 27th August there will be two animation workshops at either 10.30am-12.30pm or 2.30pm-4.30pm. The second session is for 10-15 year olds, while the first is suitable for all ages. You will be using stop-motion animation software and other materials. Places can be booked by calling 020 7928 3232, and it costs £5 or £4 each for siblings.
Another animation workshop follows on the 28th August. It is suitable for 9-15 year olds, costs £20, and will include a film screening at the end of the day. Th workshop is between 10.30am-4.30pm.