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An Edge Hill student will see her idea for a short animation based on CBBC’s hit series Scream Street come to life.

Kira Adams, who is a student on Edge Hill’s Stop Motion animation degree has had her submission included in the Screen Street Shorts initiative.

CBBC launched the initiative in October, in partnership with animation production company, Factory, and international media group and rights holders, Coolabi.

Students from all disciplines were invited to take part in the creative development opportunity, to generate ideas for a short animation in the form of a storyboard and/or animatic, using two characters from CBBC’s new stop-motion animated show, Scream Street.

Kira will now spend a week at Factory to bring her storyboard/animatic to life under the guidance of Jo Chalkley, a stop motion animator with over 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Filming will commence on 18 January for five weeks and the shorts will launch on CBBC platforms next spring, and Kira can use the short as an example of her work and will be credited ‘created from an idea by’.

The submissions were judged on originality and creativity, character engagement, story and connection with CBBC’s target audience, by a panel of representatives from CBBC, Coolabi and Factory, including:

  • Lucy Pryke, Development Producer at BBC Children’s
  • Adrian Mills, General Manager at BBC North
  • Zoe Bamsey, Director of Development and Production at Coolabi
  • Phil Chalk, Managing Director of Factory
  • Geoff Walker, Scream Street Director
  • Giles Pilbrow, Scream Street Show Runner

Lucy Pryke from BBC Children’s said: “We received a great response from the universities and colleges across the North of England, and were thoroughly impressed by the quality and creativity of the submissions.

“We wanted to pilot a scheme that would offer students something tangible to help develop their conceptual and storyboarding skills and prepare them for potential careers working in animation or storytelling.”

Scream street1Zoe Bamsey from Coolabi said: “Scream Street is a very clever, fast-paced and funny property, and one that’s very close to our hearts, so it has been incredible to see how it has inspired students in their work and creativity. We’re extremely excited to see the next phase of their development.”

Phil Chalk from Factory added: “We are delighted to be involved in an initiative that gives students an insight into the realm of stop frame animation to help inspire the next generation of scriptwriters, animators and producers.”

Following the success of this initiative CBBC will explore similar schemes to open this out wider and/or for other disciplines. The Scream Street Shorts Initiative precedes CBBC & BBC Worldwide’s first animation pilot scheme ‘Anim8’.

For more information about studying Stop Motion animation, click here.