In Autumn and Winter 2012, Young filmmakers from three schools in Liverpool joined together to create a short three minute film. The film, called ‘Schoolageddon’ is about a victim who gets bullied and decides to take action, with surprising and otherworldly consequences. The 12 young people, aged 13-18, were brought together by DaDaFest to make the film and to enter the First Light Awards.
Liam Hudson, aged 17 from Abbots Lea School said: ‘We met up to discuss ideas and decided on creating a film about bullying and the effect it has on victims. We all had different roles varying from actors to directors.
We took turns on the sound and filming equipment, including the cast. We finished by editing and adding our own music which we created for the film. It was a challenge as the film could only be 3 minutes long, so we really had to think about what we included’.
Sean Ioannou, aged 17 from Abbots Lea said ‘I really enjoyed the filming experience and working with others and being part of the group’ and Jordan Connery, aged 18 from Abbots Lea said ‘it’s been a roller coaster’
Sam Wade, project manager and Arts Manager for Young People at DaDaFest, said ‘The young people led the way with the making of this film, right from the start to the final editing, and we’re delighted with the result. We’re looking forward to seeing more films from them, building on the skills they have learnt from this project’
The First Light annual Awards celebrate young film talent where this film will be judged alongside films from young people across the country.
The project was organised by Young DaDa and Tradition Films. Young DaDa is DaDaFest’s programme of arts activities led by and for disabled and Deaf young people. The schools taking part were Abbots Lea School, Aigburth High School and Sandfield Park School.
This project has been supported by the Lottery through the BFI’s First Light initiative.