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Taking our Climate Change Film to London!

Our Budding Berries Filmmaking Workshops, run by myself (Joe) and Callum from Berry Productions, created a great film called ‘A Time To Change’, about Climate Change with year 3 children from St. Mary Queen of Martyrs in Hull. It has been screening at various film festivals and competitions around the world, even achieving a best short film award in China, so it has been a great success.

However, the main reason for creating this film was for the Close Up Campaign by the Climate Coalition. ‘A Time To Change’ received high praise as being a “particularly creative and inspiring example of youth voices on climate change.” We were invited to London to take part in the Climate Coalition’s close up on climate change event, led by Oxfam, CAFOD and Into Film, and a trip to Westminster to show our film to members of parliament!


Myself, Mrs Monahan and five of the 8-9 year old children who made the film from St. Mary’s, met at Hull train station at the un-Godly hour of 6am to catch the train to the capital. We were kept entertained by games of chess and cards. What a sophisticated group!


From King’s Cross we headed to the tubes to get to the Waterloo Action Centre, where the event was taking place. It is tricky taking one child around the underground let alone five and in rush hour! Luckily we didn’t lose anyone and the kids love hopping from tube to tube!

Climate Game

At the Close Up Campaign event there were a lot of other children of all age ranges in attendance from all over the country, but we had travelled the furthest! The children took part in a great, fun workshop about climate change and learned some interesting facts about our government and how they are the decision makers when it comes to policies regarding our planet. They then made some brilliant animations with Into Film about global warming and the melting polar icecaps.


After lunch we took in the sights of London as we walked to Westminster Abbey. The children loved the hustle and bustle of the London streets, the graffiti artwork and crossing Westminster Bridge and passing Big Ben.


Westminster is such an amazing building so it didn’t matter that we had to wait to get inside. Everyone was enjoying looking at the gargoyles and statues adorning the building and intrigued by the amount of police, security and x-ray scanners!

Westminister outside

Inside the Palace of Westminster we all had a great time exploring the corridors and seeing the amazing architecture, paintings and sculptures. The children felt like they were in Hogwarts!

Westminister inside

We then showed the film to the group and it was received with a huge applause – they absolutely loved it! Some of the MPs made an appearance to talk to everyone about climate change and what they hoped to do about it. Unfortunately, our MP couldn’t make it, but her assistant promised us that she would visit the school very soon!


It was time to go home, at least our three hour journey back home anyway! All very tired after what was a brilliant day! We’re over the moon with the success of ‘A Time To Change’ and will keep submitting it to festivals and competitions all over the world, in a hope that the message the incredible kids that made it are saying will be heard by all!

Please watch their film and share it with your friends.

As they say themselves:

People from all over the world must come together and work as one. This is our only home. Trust us, you’ll miss it when it’s gone.”


Budding Berries Filmmaking Workshops for Schools

Budding Berries

Film is becoming such a huge part in our lives, from movies and television, to advertising, video blog posts and YouTube videos. The national curriculum is beginning to realise this as well, with media becoming an integral part to school learning.

Therefore, myself (Joe, hello!) and Callum have set up the Budding Berries Filmmaking Workshops! We go around primary schools in Hull and surrounding areas giving children hands on experience of making films and animations.

I started the workshops in 2012 whilst I was working in a primary school. With my help, seven year six children wrote, directed, filmed, acted in and edited their own short film ‘The Black Eyed Boy’. The film entered the HOSCARS (Hull School Oscars) and won the best live-action film award and the best film of the event award! Chufty faces all round!


Hoscars Winners

The following year, Callum joined me on the workshops and we went to a number of schools teaching animation. Using plasticine or cardboard, children planned their animation and their characters, created their characters and sets, filmed and edited them.

Here is a video from one of the schools whose topic for the term was chocolate. With this in mind, we decided to make chocolate bar adverts with them. This is what we got up to on our four day workshop with them.

Still2Still1The final results of the animations are great to see – the children really get into making the characters and what is going to be happening to them. This school’s topic was robots so we made short robot animations that were to replace their teachers – however they keep malfunctioning!

The robots video was submitted to the HOSCARS 2013 and it won the best animation award! We have some more workshops coming up and are looking forward to them!

Still3Still4It is such a privilege to be able to go into the schools and show children how to do something that they didn’t know how to do before. They all seem to enjoy it so much. If we are able to inspire just one of those kids to pick up a camera and film something then that has made our day! Those children could be the next generation of filmmakers and it is great to think that we could have been involved in their journey!


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Written by Joseph Monahan – writer/director at Berry Productions


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