Lansbury Lawrence is a historical and architecturally significant building, created as a showpiece for the 'Live Architecture' Exhibition as part of the festival of Britain in 1951. The schools also contains a number of original artworks by artist, designer and educator Peggy Angus.
This year’s project in the Poplar Consortium programme followed a tradition of looking at the school building and its history as a starting point. Previous projects have included an alternative guide to the school, cast objects inspired by the architectural features and a curiosity cart which was designed to move around the school building and also incorporated Peggy Angus’ famous tile designs.
The group began by looking through their school archive, they found a number of photos and written records which showed that there were a number of visitors to the school from all over the world, including the royal family. A script was drafted and the children decided what the most important elements were to focus on before they began storyboarding for the film.
Simon introduced the group to the film equipment and terminology they’d need to use while making their film, they rotated responsibilities and each got a chance to be director, camera-person and sound-person.
The children conducted a series of interviews, out on location and within the school. They interviewed each other, their teachers, a former pupil and members of staff who have worked at the school for a number of years.
Lizzy then led two days of workshops with the Arts Council introducing a range of animation techniques. They made patterned filmstrips which they watched come to life by taking turns to spin them in a zoetrope. Inspired by Peggy Angus, the group made a series of potato prints, the same method used to create the famous tile designs. These print sequences were animated and feature within the final film. Lizzy showed the group how to use pixilation techniques to animate their bodies and stop motion animation to tell the story of Peggy Angus through a series of hand drawn characters and titles.
The Arts Council narrated the film and told the story of their school, from its beginnings as a post-war building on a bomb site to some of the children’s favourite parts today including the more recent addition of chickens!
The film is now on display in the school reception area so all visitors to the school can learn about it’s rich history.
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