Competition Briefs

Competitors should form teams of 5 members and choose one of the twelve Screenplays (found in the application pack) as the basis of their brief. The teams can address the brief using any medium or mixture of mediums – the judges will be hoping to see examples of 3D photoreal animation, 2D or 3D character animation, stop frame or any combination of the above, with or without live action elements/backplate acquisition. The final sequences should be 30 seconds long and of HD quality.

 

Remember, this year we are permitting a team to pitch twice, once for each charity; so you have double the chance of being successful. We have space for 8 teams this year. We are looking for four teams to tackle the Create briefs and four teams to tackle the Refuge briefs. This is however optional, you don’t need to pitch a project for each charity – we are looking for a quality pitch, so please don’t jeopardise your pitch if you under a schedule. Check out the pitches from previous years here – http://www.bfxfestival.com/competition/competition-archive/

Your chosen screenplay should act as your narrative – establishing character, environments and story; we want to see innovative treatments that take these narrative elements and turn them into engaging and challenging visual sequences. It is up to you to decide the screenplays Genre (Comedy, Horror, Thriller etc.) – you have creative freedom in this respect.

Each team needs to produce a pitch document, outlining exactly how they intend to answer their chosen brief – the document should include a scene by scene breakdown/shotlist, a creative and technical treatment and can be supported by storyboards, mood boards, character/set designs and any other material the teams think relevant.

In September (slightly after the final films have been submitted) the teams will also be expected to submit accurate, clearly titled shot breakdown, which explain all relevant aspects of their production process – the breakdowns should be no more than 3 minutes in length. But don’t worry about this for now.

The teams should be prepared to defend their finished sequences and breakdowns in front of a panel of mentors and judges.

 

So here is a quick checklist:

* Think of an amazing team name!

* Read the screenplays below – choose your favourite (and by extension the charity). Remember your team can pitch for two screenplays if your feeling ambitious.

* Take a look at the previous years work, including the pitch video and documents – this will help inform what was successful. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 final films can be seen here. The teams original Pitch videos and documents are here

* If you need help finding some team members, then join our Facebook page here

* Read our FAQs section

* Download the application pack here

* Upload you application  form as a .Zip file on that same page (scroll to the bottom). Remember we have a 50mb limit, so go easy on our poor server Bertha! She is approaching retirement age.

* Any questions, email us at competition@bfxfestival.com

 

Some information about the charities

Do your research – take a peek at the charities website and try to understand their brand and vision. Remember they will be part of the judging process, so think of them as your client.

In the mean time, both Create and Refuge have provided some information regarding their charities work and how they would like to see these films be adapted:

 

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Our creative direction

Create develops and delivers high quality creative arts programmes led by professional artists that provide life changing experiences to seven priority groups of disadvantaged and vulnerable people across the UK: young patients, those with disabilities, young and adult carers, schoolchildren in areas of deprivation, vulnerable older people, offenders, and marginalised children and adults (eg: homeless people, victims of domestic violence). All arts workshops increase the well-being of participants by enabling them to develop confidence, self-esteem, creativity, new skills, and friendships.

For BFX, we want the films to concentrate on the work young carers provide on a daily basis. Although we are focusing on these carers for the films, some of the scripts provide further opportunity to introduce the other groups the charity supports (should you chose to). It is important that we show all forms of creativity being explored and utilised, we want a beautiful world to be created that people would love to visit and join in. With this in mind we are open to all forms of animation and film making.

Primary target audience

Create has identified a need to attract a younger audience, particularly young professionals, who can provide a vital network of support through monthly donations, and become champions and advocates of Create’s work via social media, thereby increasing Create’s access to potential donors. The charity is following a targeted communication and fundraising strategy to attract this new audience and strongly focuses its marketing and key message towards them.

As a creative arts charity, this goal could be achieved with the production of a creative film that can resonate with and capture the hearts and minds of this younger generation of professionals. Being part of a generation where visual and emotional stimuli are received consecutively, a 30 second visual will instigate an immediate response that leads our target audience to act on this impulse by making a donation.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

For more information, please visit our website - http://createarts.org.uk/

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Our Creative Direction

Refuge is national domestic violence charity which provides specialist domestic violence services to 3,300 women and children on any given day.  A philosophy of empowerment and equality underpins Refuge’s work. The charity provides non-judgmental, non-directive emotional and practical support, whilst empowering women to rebuild their lives free from violence and fear.

Domestic violence is all about power and control – it is a pattern of behaviour that is purposeful, systematic and deliberate.  It can take many forms – physical, emotional, financial, sexual, amongst others.  Often there are many overlapping forms of domestic violence which can occur simultaneously.  If a woman changes her behaviour because she is frightened of her partner’s reaction she is being abused.

Women who experience domestic violence are strong, resilient and courageous – they are survivors.  Scripts and animations must avoid victim blaming.

Students need to illustrate/reinforce women taking charge of their own lives (avoid portraying them as needing rescuing by men or others).   The animation should depict domestic violence clearly and there should be evidence of a perpetrator who is purposefully controlling the female character.  The abuse should not feel accidental or random but deliberate and directed.  Importantly we need the films to show there is hope, support and safety.

The films will need to strike the right balance of dark and light, whilst ensuring we move relativity quickly towards a positive resolution. Above all the films need to use exceptional creativity to illustrate these complex issues and to make engaging, thought-provoking films that will changes lives.

Primary target audience

Refuge’s role:

* See Refuge as an enabler to accessing safety and support (practical and emotional)

* View women through a lens of being a survivor (not as victims – survivors who are courageous, strong and resourceful)

The film scripts are varied, but we are looking for the films to appeal to women, men and children over 11 years old. The subject matter is a difficult subject to portray, however with the characters being represented as toys and a rich interesting environment as our stage, we are really looking forward to see what you come up with and to working with you as the competition develops!

For more information, please visit http://www.refuge.org.uk/

 

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The Screenplays are also available in the Application pack found here.

 

Refuge | ‘Piece by Piece’ by Louise Giddings

INT. BEDROOM. DAY

 

A smiling, pretty knitted doll sits amongst other toys at

the head of a bed.

 

A hand gently lifts and plays with her, spinning her around

etc. Suddenly it begins to get rougher and more aggressive,

the doll wincing in pain at the hands grip.

 

VOICEOVER

1 in 4 woman experience domestic

abuse in their lifetime.

 

SLAM. She’s thrown to the ground. She heaves herself up and

quickly begins to run. She’s just a few steps as she looks

over her shoulder, only to see the hand who grabs and yanks

her backwards by the arm.

 

VOICEOVER

One in nine are severely injured

each week.

 

The doll flies through the air and THUMPS onto the ground

once more. Again the hand attempts to grab her but she

manages to slip through his fingers, constantly squirming

out of his grip.

 

Suddenly the hand snatches her up by the leg, and with one

last spin the doll is chucked against the headboard. A

darkness surrounds her.

 

VOICEOVER

 Domestic abuse can happen to

anyone, regardless of age, religion

or social background.

 

She rubs her head and pulls a trailing bit of wool from her

arm, she’s horrified.

 

VOICEOVER

And that’s why Refuge are here to

help.

 

As Doll is picking herself up, an old fashion styled smiling

toy TELEPHONE quickly wheels over to her, supporting her

under one arm. The telephone pops off the receiver with a

cheerful PING.

 

VOICEOVER

Refuge offer a National domestic

violence helpline, open 24 hours a

day, every day.

 

ZOOM. Telephone and Doll both look up at ASTRONAUT who

happily hovers above them. He holds an open plan dolls house

which he places behind Doll and Telephone, they now look as

though they are inside the house.

 

VOICEOVER

Alongside providing emergency

housing for woman fleeing abuse.

 

A hand slips itself into the Doll’s. It’s TEDDY, who smiles

warmly at her.

 

VOICEOVER

 And our specialist refuge staff are

on hand to provide emotional and

practical support, always.

 

Finally when it looks as though peace is restored, the hand

darts in once more.

 

Doll now triumphantly steps forward, she won’t be pushed

around anymore.

 

The hand wavers.

 

VOICEOVER

Refuge are here to support woman

who are rebuilding their life after

abuse, every step of the way.

 

The other toys step forward and unite with the doll. Teddy

and Astronaut hold her hands, and telephone wheels in front

of them.

 

The hand hovers, then leaves, accepting it’s defeat.

 

The doll smiles at the toys, she’s now safe.

 

INT. ROOM. DAY

 

A woman drinks a cup of tea, her hair and outfit clearly

representing that she was the doll. She sits with three

other people who were the toys, their looks representing

which toy they played. They chat and laugh.

 

The refuge logo appears, as well as the message of the voice

over.

 

VOICEOVER

Refuge, rebuilding lives, creating

new futures.

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Refuge | ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel’ by Alissa Autschbach

 

EXT. – SKY FILLED WITH CLOUDS – DAY

 

A WOMAN made out of paper, with a white paper-dress,

dances happily on a fluffy cloud in a blue, sun-lit sky.

She swirls around, free of worry, her dress making papery

sounds.

 

She bounces from one fluffy cloud to the next one,

continuing to dance.

 

Suddenly the cloud on which she is dancing blows her off

and she falls into…

 

2 INT. – VERTICAL TUNNEL – NIGHT

 

… a grey, gloomy tunnel.

 

PAPER-WOMAN is confused as to where she is all of a

sudden.

 

VENTILATORS in the walls of the tunnel blow out air and

cause paper-woman to get blown through the tunnel. The

ventilators’ blades are making sharp, uncomfortable

sounds.

 

Paper-woman still dances in the air but has trouble

controlling her movements. Her dancing gets more and more

possessed by the wind.

 

She is blown to the right side of the tunnel, then to the

other. Her white paper-dress becomes a bit grey.

A strong gust of wind blows her from this tunnel into a

second one, branching off.

 

3 INT. – SECOND TUNNEL – NIGHT

 

This tunnel is a bit narrower. Paper-woman tries to get

hold of a hook sticking out of the wall, but fails to as

another ventilator blows her into a third tunnel,

branching off of this one.

 

4 INT. – THIRD TUNNEL – NIGHT

 

The third tunnel is so narrow that paper-woman’s dress

rubs along the walls and gets greyer. Her dancing seems

forced now.

Again she tries to regain control by clasping onto the

walls but the winds coming from the ventilators blow her

further down the tunnel.

 

Paper-woman looks down and sees that the tunnel ends at a

crossroads where two tunnels are branching off, one dark

one to the right and a bright, illuminated one to the left

from which a pink shimmer is emanating. She smiles and

tries to direct her movements into the bright one.

 

As she is close to the opening of the bright tunnel, one

last ventilator blows her into the dark tunnel, branching

off.

 

Paper-woman falls into the dark tunnel but she grabs onto

the edge with her paper-hand and doesn’t let go. She puts

her other hand to the edge and pulls herself up. The

strong winds coming from the ventilator are still working

against her but she manages to pull herself over the

edge.

 

She enters the pink-shimmering tunnel, slides down its

side and lands in a giant, pink, radiant hand.

The pink hand strokes paper-woman with its thumb, so her

dress gets white again.

 

The hand gently lets paper-woman onto the ground of a

bright, yellow road with flowers on each side.

 

The hand encouragingly urges paper-woman to walk on her

own again. Paper-woman stumbles a bit, but after the first

two steps, she starts to swirl around again and dances

happily down the road which ends at a free-standing door.

 

Paper-woman puts her hand to the doorhandle and opens the

door. As she does this she turns from paper into ’flesh’

and becomes herself again.

 

WOMAN

(v.o.)

One in four women in the UK will

experience the control of

domestic abuse during her

lifetime.

 

Paper-woman enters the door to her bright future.

 

We swing around showing the pink hand has turned into the

REFUGE logo.

 

SUPERIMPOSE: REFUGE

 

WOMAN

(v.o.)

Refuge supports women to climb

out of the darkness.

END

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Refuge | Building Blocks by John Thornton

EXT. SWEEPING HILLS. DAY.

 

A ragdoll, FLO, carefully places a toy brick onto a small,

organised pile of more building blocks.

 

She steps back to admire her handiwork – a house made from

toy bricks.

 

There’s a rumble. The ground shakes. Flo gasps.

A toy TANK thunders over the hill, straight through Flo’s

house, leaving a huge hole in both walls.

 

The remnants of her house shake and wobble, scaffolding

collapsing around it.

 

NARRATOR

Domestic violence destroys the

lives of 1 in 4 women.

 

Flo tries desperately to hold it in place but to her

horror the house crumbles into pieces.

 

Flo emerges from a pile of rubble, visibly distressed.

Flo tries moving a big chunk of blocks but they’re too

heavy. She slumps, dejected.

 

A yellow TEDDY (female or genderless, not male) puts an

arm round Flo. Determined, Flo picks herself up.

Flo points at the rubble, directing the bear to the big

chunk of blocks. Together, they manage to move it.

 

NARRATOR

Refuge are here to support women,

every step of the way.

 

The bear shows Flo how to use superglue like cement.

Flo starts rebuilding the house brick by brick, with glue.

 

NARRATOR

Rebuilding lives, creating new futures.

 
Flo’s house quickly looks better, and stronger, than ever.

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Refuge | ‘Standing Ovation’ by Reece Shrewsbury

 

INT. THEATRE – NIGHT

 

A BALLERINA dances, happily, on a stage, until a string

shoots out from the Ballerina’s arm, up in to the rafters.

She tugs at the string until another string shoots out

from her other arm.

 

The strings hold her in place, as more and more strings

shoot out of her body, turning her in to a marionette.

She tries to pull herself free but the strings hold her.

 

NARRATOR (V.O.)

One in four women experience

domestic violence in their lifetime.

 

She is lifted up, then dropped. A tear rolls down her face

and falls to the floor.

 

Suddenly, a beam of light shoots through the theatre as a

TOY wearing a REFUGE shirt opens the audience entrance

doors.

 

NARRATOR (V.O.)

Refuge is there to support a

woman every step of the way.

 

The refuge toy waves a hand behind it, and then lots of

other toys enter, all applauding the Ballerina. They walk

towards the stage and stand in front of seats.

 

NARRATOR (V.O.)

Rebuilding lives; creating new

futures.

The Refuge toy smiles as the ballerina pulls the strings

off, freeing herself. She smiles, and begins dancing

again.

 

The Ballerina twirls, leaps, and lands perfectly. She

curtsies to her adoring audience. The refuge toy walks on

stage.

 

The Refuge toy holds out their hand to her, and it

transforms in to the Refuge logo. As the narrator speaks,

the words appear under the logo.

 

NARRATOR (V.O.)

Refuge. For women and children.

Against domestic violence.

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Refuge | ‘The Fairy’ by Lara Ball

 

INT. BEDROOM

 

The light of the sunrise shines through the window into the

bedroom. Toys of all shapes and sizes begin to climb up onto

the window sill.

 

On a table on the other side of the room is Eva in a snow

globe. She is a fairy with a small set of dainty wings and

wears a tutu that is an array of greens and pinks.

 

She sits in the corner with her knees pulled up to her chest.

She notices the sun shining in.

 

She gets up in excitement and moves towards the window, but

is stopped by the glass dome of the globe.

 

Eva places her hands on the glass and looks about her. She

bangs on the glass and shouts out but nobody can hear her.

 

The glass beneath her hands begins to shake and she pulls

back. She looks about her as the glitter beneath her feet

begins to rise and swirl about her. She backs away and braces

until the snow settles down. We see her thinking.

 

Her face lights up with an idea. She begins to push against

the glass. The snow globe rocks from side to side. The

glitter starts to rise again in agitation but she ignores it.

 

Without her knowledge, it gradually rocks its way to the edge

of the table.

 

The snow globe hangs precariously on the edge for a moment,

and then falls off, catching Eva by surprise.

 

It falls through the air and bounces onto the carpet. Landing

upside down. The snow globe is an array of swirling glitter.

 

Eva sits up and blows her dishevelled hair out of her face.

She looks about her at all the glitter. Eva peers up at what

was the bottom of the snow globe, and she sees a cork.

 

Eva had never noticed it before because it was below her

feet.

 

She stands up and shakes the glitter off of herself. She

stares at it curiously. Eva wiggles the cork and it comes out

with a satisfying pop.

 

Eva climbs out. The upturned snow globe rocks forward and she

slides down and lands on the carpet.

 

She sits there out of breath.

 

WOMAN (V.O.)

1 in 4 women will be trapped in an

abusive relationship at some point

in their lives.

 

She looks up and a bunny stands looking down at her. It has

soft grey fur and wears a pink ribbon around its neck. It’s

nose twitches.

 

It offers a paw to Eva. She smiles in relief at seeing a

friendly face.

 

WOMAN (V.O.)

Refuge is there to support them as

they break free.

She takes the rabbit’s paw and they walk together.

 

They climb onto the window sill and Eva sits down next to her

new friends. Her face is filled with happiness and she

appears to be glowing.

 

They sit and watch the sunrise declare a new day. The Refuge

logo appears in the sky.

 

WOMAN (V.O.)

Refuge. Helping to rebuild futures.

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Refuge | ‘Helping Hands’ By John Thornton

 

INT. THEATRE STAGE. DAY.

4 ballerina MARIONETTES – different ages and races - stand

poised, off stage. The rear one, TU, readies herself.

 

The curtain rises.

 

One by one the first 3 twinkle-toed dancers skip on stage.

 

Raising her hands, Tu starts to tip-toe towards stage.

 

Her strings are tugged, stopping her in her tracks.

 

She tries again. Her strings are forcibly pulled, dragging

her back, away from the edge of the stage.

 

Poison ivy spreads down her strings, over her wrists…

 

As Tu struggles and strains the ivy starts knotting.

 

NARRATOR

Domestic violence destroys the

lives of 1 in 4 women.

 

Black tar crawls up her feet, Tu can barely move. A vine

slithers across her mouth.

 

Across the stage, behind the curtain at the otherside, a

string puppet HORSE (female/genderless) spots Tu.

 

Their desperate eyes lock. The horse motions for Tu to

pull, straining on it’s strings.

 

NARRATOR (cont’d)

Refuge is there to support a

woman. Every step of the way.

 

Tu rips one foot free from the tar. Then the other. The

horse swings it’s head and neck, urging another pull.

 

Straining, Tu pulls one hand to the other. She unties the

ivy from her arms and rips it off her face.

 

Tu slowly steps towards the stage, the ivy withering.

The horse rears up as Tu leaps onstage, the ivy falls away

from her strings.

 

NARRATOR

Rebuilding lives; creating new

futures.

 

Tu glides through the air, her hand out to her dancers -

one of their hands mirrors the Refuge logo.

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Create | ‘Annie’s Story’ by Iona Campbell Byatt

 

INT. ANNIE’S HOUSE – DAY

 

ANNIE, 12, gently tucks her mother LUCY, 38, into bed. Annie

tiptoes out of the room, gently closing the door.

She walks into her bedroom and leans against the wall,

closing her eyes, EXHALING. Her eyes open. She’s in an

endless white space. Pencils and paintbrushes appear around

her; she LAUGHS, picks them up and begins to doodle.

Her art surrounds her. Beautiful, bright painted flowers and

plants erupt around Annie. Watercolour butterflies flutter in

the air, and painted animals frolic around Annie’s ankles.

 

ANNIE (V.O.)

Create uses the power of creative

arts to transform the lives of

vulnerable children, young carers

and adults.

 

She paints a puppy. It BARKS and bounces into her arms,

licking her face. She GIGGLES. The dog’s ears perk up – it

swings it’s head and barks excitedly, jumping down from her

arms. Annie looks back at her brush. She paints a

multicoloured path that she and the puppy run along.

 

ANNIE (V.O.)

Equipping us with the confidence

and self-belief we need to take

control and shape our futures.

 
The camera pans out and other children appear, all heading in

the same direction. One boy plays the flute, musical notes

appearing and creating stepping stones for him to hop on, a

girl pirouettes near him, the ribbons of her shoes forming

her path to dance along. One girl writes, the letters shaping

into objects that she clambers across. Another boy takes

photos, each creating landscapes for him to walk through.

 

The various paths all lead to one point where they loop into

CREATE’s logo. Annie, the other children, young carers,

patients, disabled children and older people of all

backgrounds gather around it, surrounded by their creations,

holding hands, smiling.
 

ANNIE (V.O.)

Imagine, Make, Create.

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Create | ‘The Painter’ by Natasha Kelly

 

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT

 

A young girl, ROSE, presses a gentle kiss to her MOTHER’s

forehead. The bedroom is grey and empty.

 

WOMAN (V.O.)

Over 150,000 children in England

are caring for their relatives.

 
Her mother’s eyes drift shut as she falls asleep. Rose

switches off the lights and quietly leaves the room.

 

Rose’s eyes are tired, lonely. She rubs them with the palms

of her hands as she walks away from the door.

 

The hallway distorts around her. And then, she is falling

through a dark void. Rose clenches her eyes shut. Darkness.

 

INT. DARKNESS – NIGHT

 

Rose opens her eyes, a single spotlight on her. She is alone.

 

An item falls nearby, just outside the light of the

spotlight. She creeps towards it, and it comes into light. It

is a paintbrush.

 

Rose inspects it carefully. She looks around, but there is

nothing to paint on.

 

She crouches near the ground, the brush hovers for a moment.

 

WOMAN (V.O.)

At Create, we believe in the power

of the creative arts to transform lives.

Finally, Rose strokes the brush across the floor. Colour

bursts around her. Blues, greens, reds, yellows.

 

She jumps back, surprised, taking the brush with her. The

colour stops spreading.

 

The beginning of a purple path has appeared in front of her.

Rose’s eyes brighten. She smiles widely. She places the brush

back on the floor, more excitedly this time. The path begins

to grow.

 

Rose runs down the path. Different paintings emerge around

her, endless possibilities.

 

EXT. FIELD – DAY

 

As the path extends, the colours seep from the pathway,

painting the darkness around it.

 

Rose continues to run down the path and watches in awe as a

field forms around her. Flowers sprout from the ground, the

sun shines bright.

 

Then she notices other children running along their own paths

too.

 

One girl plays a musical instrument, notes forming along the

ground that she runs across.

 

A boy runs along a extending piano keyboard, music notes

filling the air around him.

 

A boy and a girl dance, they run along their ribbon paths.

A girl in a wheel chair holds a camera, taking pictures as

she follows the path made of camera film.

 

And a few other children even hold paintbrushes like Rose’s,

painting their paths like her.

 

The children all meet in the middle of the field. They stand

in a circle, happy smiles on their faces as they all join

hands.

 

The camera zooms out and the paths that the children have run

down have formed the Create’s logo. Below it appears the tag

line ‘Imagine, Make, Create’.

 

WOMAN (V.O.)

Imagine. Make. Create.

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Create | ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ by Adam Seers

The Magic Paintbrush by Adam Seers

 

INT. A HOUSE/ LIVING ROOM. DAY

 

A LITTLE BOY tenderly wipes his Mother’s chin, she’s

paralyzed and confined to wheelchair. Everything is grey.

The boy closes his eyes and his surroundings start to fade

away, gradually and then all at once…

 

BLACKNESS. The boy opens his eyes, he’s floating in a void

of silent, vast nothingness. He is completely alone.

 

Glowing light starts to emerge from his clenched fist. He

opens his palm to reveal a large paint brush, the nib is

multi-coloured, shining out against the darkness.

 

Intrigued, he flicks the brush and three bright dots splat

against the darkness, brilliant colours shine through…

Excited, he throws out his arm, slashing against the

darkness. It creates a massive tear in the blackness around

him, revealing beautiful colour.

 

Suddenly, a huge pirate ship bursts through the the massive

hole. Pirates SHOUTING and LAUGHING, jumping from the boat.

 

The boy starts to run into the darkness, rapidly swiping his

magical paint brush in every direction. Each swipe tears

into the darkness, fantastical colours pour through.

 

Everything the boy imagines, comes to life. SQUEALS OF

DELIGHT fill the air.

 

Still running, the boy sees a LITTLE GIRL, she too holds a

paintbrush and her magical creations follow behind her.

 

Ahead is a giant, swirling vortex of greens and blues, a

bright white light shining from its center.

 

Just as he jumps into it, the boy closes his eyes…

 

INT. CLASSROOM. DAY

 

The boy opens his eyes. He’s in a classroom , bright,

colourful and full of children. He’s been painting.

A helper wearing a t-shirt with the CREATE logo, sits next

to him, smiling at his picture. It’s him and his mum, both

smiling.

 

TEXT APPEARS ACROSS THE SCENE:

 

Imagine, Make, Create… CREATE

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Create | ‘Painting Paths’ by John Thornton

 

INT. EMPTY VOID. DAY.

 

DAD sits in a wheelchair, in an empty, silent, void.

 

ZOE, a small girl, brings him some soup. He smiles.

 

Zoe trudges out a door, stood up alone in the void.

 

She drags her feet as she starts mopping the void.

 

To her amazement, the mop transforms into a paint brush, and the water turns multicoloured.

 

Zoe starts painting herself a path out ahead of her.

 

She paints some flowers and they burst into life.

 

Music slowly starts – as CHILDREN playing different instruments glide in along their paths – made of musical notation coming from their instruments.

 

VOICEOVER

Create use the power of the

creative arts to transform…

 

A quaver flies to Zoe. She laughs, paints it and sends it floating back.

 

More colours start sweeping in from another point of the void, as another CHILD is painting their path.

 

All around Zoe, there are different children creating different paths for themselves.

 

One’s dancing, with stepping stones appearing wherever their feet land. Another is talking into a microphone, their path a reel of film.

 

VOICEOVER

…the lives of society’s most

disadvantaged and vulnerable.

A child in a wheelchair plays basketball along their path. An elderly person knits their path.

 

The void is a wash of colour and sound as paths slowly criss-cross and intertwine, forming the word “Imagine”.

As the children keep creating, the path forms “Make”.

Finally, it forms “Create”.

 

VOICEOVER (cont’d)

To find out more, visit

createarts.org.uk

The painted Create logo is on a sheet of paper, which Zoe proudly shows to her Dad – he’s impressed. They hug.

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Create | ‘Endless: A Debt to M.C. Escher’ by Simon Schneider

 

INT. BLACK AND WHITE SUBURBAN HOME. DAY.

               NARRATOR(V.O)

On average a young carer works 17
hours a week.

EDWARD, a young child, gently closes a door. He meanders
down a fleet of nearby stairs. SLOW ZOOM OUT.

                NARRATOR(V.O)

Though some care for more than 50.

Like an M.C. Escher painting, Edward’s home is a labyrinth
of stairs and corridors that defy gravity, creating a path
that loops infinitely. He always ends up at the start.
Arriving at the room, raspy coughing penetrates it’s thin
wooden door. He enters it with a heavy heart. TRANSITION:
Zooming further out, the home is not all it seems.

                NARRATOR(V.O)
It can feel like an endless task.

INT. COLOURFUL ART STUDIO DAY. DAY.

TRANSITION: The home is revealed to be on a canvas painted
by a different Edward. A happier one.

                 NARRATOR(V.O)
Create’s workshops provide young
carers with a fun, creative outlet
and a rare opportunity to reclaim
their childhood. Create Arts:
Imagine, Make, Create.

His paintbrush leaves the canvas and he admires his work.
Engraved on the side of his paintbrush is the Create Arts
Ltd. logo.

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Create | ‘A Creative World’ By Helen Ward

 

Int. A LIVING ROOM. DAY

 

A young boy WILLIAM about 7 years old brings his MOTHER a cup of tea she is in a wheelchair. He places it next to her and then places some pills next to it. He then kisses her lovingly on the cheek.

 

He sits down next to her sighing.

 

Suddenly a door appears in front of WILLIAM.

 

WILLIAM looks around at his mother she is asleep.

 

WILLIAM begins to draw a key shape with his finger.

 

A key appears in the air and WILLIAM grabs it.

 

He puts the key in the lock and the door opens.

 

There are many colourful paths in front of him and many different people are walking along them.
WILLIAM takes one last look at his mother and walks through the door.

 

He follows the path to a big white room.

 

All the people on the paths enter the room from different sides.

 

Int. PLAIN WHITE ROOM. DAY

 

On the wall opposite WILLIAM is the words Create.

 

A huge smile appears on WILLIAM’S face.

 

A paintbrush and paint pot appear next to him and he runs around the room drawing a purple line on the wall as he goes.

 

He smiles happily.

 

As he runs many different things appear in the room.

 

A piano appears with an older man on a stall playing it.

 

A ballet bar also appears with lots of different people doing plié’s.

 

Pictures of people appear on the walls.

 

Then they start to come out of the walls.

 

They all greet WILLIAM.

 

WILLIAM smiles delightedly.

 

Paint pots and brushes appear all around.

 

They all start painting things such as ballet shoes, instruments and cameras.

 

The pictures float off the walls and people start to grab them.

 

An older woman leaps through the air in the ballet slippers.

 

A teenager snaps photos with his camera.

 

Another person in a wheelchair rolls along playing guitar and whistling.

 

They all then put all their equipment and instruments on the floor in a way that spells out create.

 

The words transfer to the top of the screen.

 

All the people come together in one big group holding paintbrushes that drip onto the floor or big pieces of paper and musical instruments.

 

WILLIAM stands in the middle.

 

Creativity can unlock a
whole new world for
anyone and Create
is here to help
do that for vulnerable
people.

 

WILLIAM paints onto the screen:

 

IMAGINE, MAKE, CREATE

 

A photo of them all appears with details of the charity at the bottom of the screen.
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BFX Competition 2016 is now open!

BFX competition is looking for eight teams of five people to work alongside mentors from the some of the best visual effects and animation houses in the world, for a 7 week residential competition in Bournemouth this summer. That’s right, you and four teammates will be tasked with producing a stunning 2D or 3D visual effects or animation based on a screenplay for UK based charities Create and Refuge.   We’ll provide you with free accommodation for the duration and a stipend to help with living expenses.  The application process for shortlisting is tough but the rewards are immense;  if you make it to the finals your finished piece could propel you into your dream career.

BFX Competition is open to current VFX or animation students and those recently graduated from UK university or art college.

Find out more about how you can apply on our competition pages 

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We have our BFX competition 2016 finalists!

After much deliberation with the BFX team and this year’s two charities Refuge and Create we are thrilled to be able to announce that we have selected 8 fantastic teams  to take part in the summer residential competition in Bournemouth. Over 100 individuals from 10 HEIs across the country applied and the standard of submissions has been excellent.

A huge congratulations to the following teams who have made it through and well done!

Alpaca Chinos
Team Mandleflake
A Horse With No Course
The Pixel Busters
Tiny Space Pandas
The Art Express
Team Spectrum
Team Pablo

Check out their pitch videos and those of the runners up here

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