Animation Competition – The Age of Revolution

The School of History invites you to take part in an original and inclusive national schools animation competition run by The Age of Revolution National Educational Project which has teamed up with historian, broadcaster and author Dan Snow.

This exciting cross-curricular animation challenge, for both primary and secondary schools (up to age 18), is an opportunity to create a short animation using the title “What Does Revolution Mean To Me?” The animation should be between 30 seconds and 4 minutes long.

The animation can be influenced by a revolutionary invention, event, idea or person from the Age of Revolution (1775 – 1848). However, it could also be something revolutionary from another time, inspiration from students’ local history or in their own lives or wider world today. Age of Revolution also encourages schools to involve museum or gallery objects or artworks. This could be achieved through our extensive online revolutionary collection.

We are looking for imaginative, creative animations, which genuinely reflect students’ own ideas and thoughts about ‘Revolution.’ Your animation can be serious, funny, musical, narrative – it’s up to you. You are encouraged to be as creative as you wish with tools and materials to include paper, photography, clay, digital apps and other tools, such as plasticine. The most important thing is to have fun with it and show us your fantastic ideas.

To help you make your animation, we have provided some simple guidance notes for you. We also worked with a primary school to produce an inspirational animation, which showcases what can be created in the classroom along with an illustrated, step-by-step account of how we made it.

To submit your finished animation, please email us a link to Vimeo, You Tube or your school website. If it is a private page, please remember to send us a password. Please remember to include your school details and tell us a little bit about your film, in no more than 150 words

Finalists will be notified via email by mid-March 2020. A winner and a runner-up for both Primary and Secondary schools will then be announced in late March 2020 at a special location in London by our team of expert judges, including Dan Snow, Historian, Broadcaster and Author, award-winning Casting Director Kate Rhodes-James, BBC Animation Producer Barry Quinn and Anra Kennedy, Partnerships Director at Culture24.

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