….that was the question that was put to Henley Cubs and Scouts to come up with ideas for them to create their own short film advertising Scouting.
At a film-making workshop run by the Chocolate Film company from London, 40 Cubs and Scouts on Saturday at the Scout Hut enjoyed working in groups to create different parts of the film that covered camps and adventures, making friends, helping in the community, badges, skills and volunteering. Using a storyboard and agreed script the girls and boys took on different roles and parts which included editor, producer, camera operator, voice-over, prop, scene and character creators.
All the props, scenes and characters were originally created by the Cubs and Scouts using just paper, pens and scissors.
Monty said, “I did the voice-over which was quite tricky as if you stumbled on a word you had to start all over again.” Bryn added, “I think my job as Editor and cameraman is the easiest job. It’s the first time I’ve done animation like this.” Thomas commented, “I’ve learnt how very very hard it is to make a film and how patient you have to be.”
Scout Leader, Linda said, “The idea evolved from my son who is a Scout who wanted to do some more sophisticated animation. I found Chocolate Film company on the internet and we’ve worked with them to create the script and ideas for the short-film. The software they are using is Dragon Frame which the Wallace & Gromit films are made with. Today the Scouts are also working towards their Media Relations and Marketing Activity Badge as well as parts of their Challenge Badges which form part of the top Chief Scout’s Gold Award.”
Group Scout Leader, Rhidian, “Scouts and Cubs are known for their adventurous outdoor activities, but we also like to include creative and performance stuff in our programme. It’s great to see everyone working together today and having fun.”