Winning Pupils have Sharp, Green Futures

An animation concept by pupils from MCMA for Boys and produced by Manchester-based animators Kilogramme got its first public screening at The ODEON Printworks, Manchester yesterday. It was screened to an audience of 200 pupils and their families who completed The MOTIV 100% Challenge this year and was followed by an exclusive screening of the new Jim Carrey film ‘Mr Popper’s Penguins’ (Fox Filmed Entertainment) which is released nationally in August.

The animation competition was funded by Manchester City Council’s Carbon Innovation Fund for projects that tackle climate change. It was designed to inspire pupils and their peers to a greener way of life, which is the aim of the city’s climate change action plan – Manchester –  A Certain Future. 3000 pupils in total from MCMA for girls, MCMA for boys and St Peters High School in Gorton  were all given the opportunity to come up with a storyboard and character design for ‘A Day In The Life Of Sharpie’. The three schools all pitched their ideas to The Sharp Project director Sue Woodward OBE, director of Kilogramme Animation Jon Turner and Director Of Neighbourhood Services at Manchester City Council, Vicky Rosin.

The winning pupils previewed their work to the animation and broadcast industry at Event 001 at The Sharp Project and The ODEON screening was their first public screening to children and families from across Manchester.

“The winning team had strong ideas and a positive message for adapting to a low carbon way of life” said Sam Jones from Kilogramme who produced the final animation, “we worked with them to produce the storyboard to their design and we are really pleased with the results”

The animation will now be shown in schools across Manchester to support the city’s ambitions to raise awareness of climate change in schools. The winning pupils, Ashan Chaudray, Mutale Chasi, Lewis Frater, Jordan Nolan, Eric Openshaw & Bolo Osho who were supported by teaching staff Carol Shelton and Simon Lyon, are available for interview.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “This is a message by young people, for young people to create ambassadors for the city’s climate change action plan. Their achievements and their understanding of the message is an inspiration to everyone in Manchester

Click here to watched ‘A Day In The Life Of Sharpie’.