Pop Up Projects CIC: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Final Report

Between September 2012 and May 2013, Pop Up Projects CIC delivered 'Fusion', a short animation film project with Somali, Bangladeshi, Turkish and Columbian families in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington, resulting in four short animated bilingual films. The project was funded by Calouste Gulbenian Foundation.

The final report can be downloaded here.

Fusion provided 59 children and parents/guardians with the opportunity to work together with artists (puppeteers from Little Angel Theatre or illustrators from the House of Illustration), writers/translators and filmmakers (from Chocolate Films) to translate, transform and transpose traditional stories from their culture into short animated bilingual films.

The main aims of the project were to:

  1. Engage linguistically diverse parents in their children's literacy education
  2. Influence how our partner schools use reading and writing in translation to impact on family engagement in literacy
  3. Develop a model of practice for application in new schools, learning communities and local authorities
  4. Enrich the 2013 Pop Up Festival of Stories programme with high quality imaginative and artistic outcomes
  5. Increase attendance of linguistically diverse families at the 2013 Pop Up Festival

Over eight sessions, artists and participants took part in a range of story-making and animation activities, including: oral storytelling; translating stories from mother tongue languages into English; developing stories into scripts; designing and creating characters, scenes, backgrounds, etc; and recording dialogue and sounds for the soundtrack. The final animated shorts were created by the artists without the participants, as stop-motion animation is a very time-intensive process. A screening of the four animated films took place on 22 May 2013 at Free Word Centre with all participants attending along with teachers and head-teachers. The Somali short “Dheeg Dheer” was awarded Best Youth Film at the 2013 Lab Film Festival.

The films and a behind-the-scenes documentary can be watched here:

 For more information contact Franziska Liebig at franziska@pop-up.org.uk