PUBLISHED: 12:44 25 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:47 20 February 2013



Bucks schools help to produce animation of an imaginary world tour of Paralympic Torch

Six Buckinghamshire schools joined an international film initiative to produce an animation of an imaginaryworld tour of theParalympic Torch.

Young people from 22 schools in 12 countries createdsequences of the story from thebirth of the Paralympic movementat Stoke Mandeville in 1948, through its spread across the world, and its return to Britain for the 2012 Games.

The schools and colleges were: Mandeville School, Aylesbury; Buckingham Primary School; Cressex Community School; The Beaconsfield School; Chalfonts Community College and Heritage House School, Chesham.Veteran Paralympian John Harris is pictured here with Mandeville School animators.

Through workshops with animators from the film industry, they put together animations and music to create a 10-minute film, called Driving Inspiration - Animation Around the Globe for London 2012,which premiered at Mandeville School, Aylesbury, to coincidewith the Olympic Torch visit.

The project was organised by Driving Inspiration, a creative Bucks project managed by Buckinghamshire County Council, and paid for through support from the Arts Council and Accentuate.

The animation initiative celebrates the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, allows students to develop creative filming, visual arts and music skills, and instils the Paralympic valuesof inspiration, determination, courage and equality.

Not only this, says county council Culture Development Officer Ruth Page, making the film will help topromote an understandingof disability among young people. All the animators working with students have a disability, she said. Schools had the support of former Paralympian athletes, and I know their personal stories of determination and courage will be an inspiration to the young people.

Each of the Bucks school teams had a week-long animation residency, andprofessionals such as leading UK animator David Bunting, and America's Oscar nominee Gary Schwartz fed in their expertise.

The iniative was warmly welcomed by Buckinghamshire County Council Leader Martin Tett, who is supporting ventures that encourage the county's Year of Celebration in 2012.

This is a fantastic project, said Martin. As a county we have a lot to celebrate this year and I'm delighted our schools have taken such an active part in highlighting our great Paralympic story. I particularly like the way this venture gives young people from different backgrounds the chance to work together internationally to embraceParalympic values.

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