I spent today (Friday 27th October) and yesterday at BBC Northern Ireland in Belfast working with the BBC Blast team on a new pilot project for BBC One NI’s Mental Health Campaign.
I worked closely with Emma Majury and Rod from the local college to create a 90 second animation which followed a soundbite story of a person who had recovered from depression.
We spent Thursday planning, Friday morning buliding sets and the afternoon animating. We filmed the entire sequence in reverse scene order, then strung it together in iMovie and added the sound. Here it is, as broadcast on BBC 1 Northern Ireland:
The Ultralab team works each year on the ‘Create at BETT’ stand at the BETT show. The show is attended by 26,000 visitors each year and has over 2000 stands. The Create at BETT stand is funded by Apple Computer and staffed by Ultralab. Our friends from BBC Blast joined the stand for the first year to promote young peoples creativity.
Ultralab’s partner schools King Harold School and Saffron Walden County High School assisted on the stand providing young people to demonstrate to the visitors podcasting, animation, sound and vision technologies.
Jane Down from the Ultralab team spent BETT working in the NAACE Lounge demonstrating Podcasting to NAACE members.
Watch a movie from the BETT 2006 show: Play Now | Play in Popup
16 of the researchers from Summer School 2001 went on to be the only children at the BETT show in London, a teaching and trade fair held at Olympia in January with 22,000 visitors over a four day period. The researchers worked on the ‘BETT Goes to the Movies’ feature, demonstrating to the visitors at the show the potential that can be achieved with digital technology.
The Researchers made films which were broadcast on screens all around the show. Check out the show report here.
Watch this movie made by the young people at the show while they were working with us.
Four students from Colbayns High School, Clacton, Essex pioneered the way in internet broadcasting at the BETT show (British Education and Training Technology) at Olympia, London (Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th January). Donna Taylor, Donna Cassidy, Lisa McCormack and Becky Hazell broadcast live video footage produced daily by visiting schools and art groups. The BETT event, which has been running since 1984 was attended by 22,000 visitors from all over the world and is attended by key dignitaries within the education field for this country. The eight hour daily broadcast entertained visitors at the first-floor stand and also in the food court downstairs with work created hourly by children filiming and editing at the show and live cameras showing the visiting school and community groups at work.
The software used for the broadcasting, ‘LiveChannel’, is newly developed in Israel by ChannelStorm (http://www.channelstorm.com)and is tipped to revolutionise and democratise the way students broadcast moving video image. Ultralab (http://www.cleveratom.co.uk), the leading learning technology research centre, based at APU in Chelmsford, responsible for organising the broadcasting event for the show is extremely proud of the achievements of the Colbayns pupils as was Phil Langshaw, Head of Creative Arts & Media at Colbayns school. After a short training session at Ultralab, no more than one hour, the four pupils were technically competent broadcasters and having started, they can confront all the issues facing professional broadcasters – a challenge they savoured. This software has much potential, including the opportunity for schools to quickly and easily set up their own broadcasting TV stations using the Internet to reach a worldwide audience. Richard Millwood, reader and Apple Distinguished Educator at Ultralab said “The main purpose will be to act as focus for tv and radio broadcasting on the net which requires a different, quick thinking, decision making, on-the-fly mentality compared to the more considered composition with iMovie. Also it will provide a series of deadlines for broadcasting events which we intend will stimulate creativity for iMovie compositions, not to say the ability to cut between two live cameras, an audio input and a titling overlay to add life to the whole shebang!”.
Richard Millwood and Phil Langshaw intend to develop the use of LiveChannel in a joint project between Ultralab and Colbayns High School to be carried out in the summer term and subsequently throughout the academic year 2002-2003 and are currently looking for sponsors to enhance their proposals.
Click to view a Quicktime slide show movie made by David Baugh.
– BETT Goes to the Movies was the feature stand at BETT 2002
– It was a partnership between BFI (British Film Institute) Education, Film Education, Apple and Ultralab
– It was sponsored and supported by Apple, Canon, Emap (BETT organisers) and Oracle
– the event was active from Wednesday 7th to Saturday the 10th of January
– On each day, visiting students engaged in a range of film making activities:
– Wednesday – YCTV (Youth Culture Television)
– Thursday – Film and Video Workshop
– Friday – SEEVEAZ (South East England Virtual Education Action Zone) with Ultralab
– Saturday – WAC (Weekend Arts College)
Throughout the show, four sixth form students from Colbayns High School in Clacton operated an internet broadcasting station
They broadcast using ChannelStorm’s LiveChannel software facilitated by Ultralab
Richard Millwood, Matthew Eaves, Hamish Scott-Brown from Ultralab supported the stand and fellow Apple Distinguished Educator David Baugh also supported the activities.
Staff from BFI Education and Film Education developed movie editing material based on the film Monsters Inc and on archive footage of the suffragett movement.
The stand also offered a showcase for BFI Education and Film Education materials and products.
View the Photographs taken at the event here.
“..how cool is that Live Broadcast software? Those pupils from the
school with Ultralab were doing some great stuff, and the
software strikes me as a fantastic idea waiting to be applied. These guys
were already doing great things with it, but I can’t help thinking that
being able to broadcast work like this will have some amazing ways of being
used that frustratingly I just can’t think what they are yet!”
“Best thing in the show.”
SEEVEAZ Summer School researchers:
“I really enjoyed it on Friday I thought it went really well and I hope you
liked the show-report by me Luke, Stevie and Vicky.”
“Well done to you all the team at ULTRALAB who helped put the stand and
everything together!!!!!!! WELL DONE!!!!!!!!”
Some images from the event:
On 19 January 2001 the very creative SEEVEAZ Summer School researchers came together at Burnham-on-Crouch Lifeboat Station to assist with Ultralab’s joint project with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) to come up with ideas how the lifeboat service could be made ‘cool’ in the eyes of young people.
Ultralab used the research findings to embark on the ‘lifeboats.tv’ project in conjunction with the education department of the RNLI.
The Summer School researchers came up with a variety of ideas which led to the launch of Lifeboats.TV, the biggest video based website on the Internet, and home of the ‘Virtual Lifeboat Station’. 467 movies were created and made available in various formats.
Lifeboats.TV ran for three years and is now offline, research complete.
Stephen Heppell (Ultralab)
Matthew Eaves (Ultralab)
James Vaughan (RNLI)
Anne Millman (RNLI)
The below films will take some time to load, please be patient:
Watch the RNLI project movie, with early Matthew Eaves and Colin Elsey footage.: Play Now | Play in Popup
Watch 180 people the movie – made by Matthew Eaves this film includes nearly everyone who was a part of the Lifeboats.TV project.: Play Now | Play in Popup
Filmed and made in Burnham this film was created to initiate the project vision.: Play Now | Play in Popup
Also by George, a dramatic cut using RNLI archive footage: Cut 21 Movie. It was made from a lot of archive training video footage, the objective to demonstrate to the RNLI that existing footage could be recycled.: Play Now | Play in Popup