Fighting Words collaborate with Design for Stage + Screen
Every year Fighting Words work with children to encourage them to write stories either in English or Irish.
This year, students from first year of BA [Hons] in Design for Stage + Screen selected nine stories and worked to turn them into 2-3 minute animations.
You can view the animations via the video below.
Explaining the how the project came to be, IADT lecturer on Design for Stage + Screen Paul McDonnell said:A few months ago Bríd Treasa Ní Ghaoithín asked me if IADT like to collaborate on a project with Fighting Words. I said YES. The idea was simple; we receive nine stories written by kids aged 7-11 and using these stories as inspiration our students created animations.Not only are they beautiful animations but due to Covid restrictions the students had to work from home with whatever technology they had available. The students worked in groups but were only able to meet virtually about the project.For that matter, I have never met them in person. The majority of the animations were created using Powerpoint and students had just three weeks to create these projects.I am so proud of how they not only showed their creative side but inventiveness and innovation to overcome this challenge.
At its core, Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive. It is about using the creative practice of writing and storytelling to strengthen our children and teenagers – from a wide range of backgrounds – to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.
To find out more about Fighting Words and the work they do go to: www.fightingwords.ie.