A group of young film-makers from Dundee will see their short animated movie about leaving school on the big screen.
The film, called Our Transitions Story, will explore the fears, hopes and thoughts of the youngsters making the change from school life to the wider world through stop-motion animation – where objects are physically manipulated in between shots to give the impression of movement, as in the Wallace and Gromit movies.
Their work will be shown at the DCA on the Nethergate on Saturday December 15.
The film-makers, who all have additional support needs, met each other as part of the One Giant Leap programme by charity Sense Scotland.
The DCA learning team were approached to work with the group to develop animation techniques and help with model making.
James Harrow, 18, said it was “exciting” to be a part of the project.
James, a former Kingspark School pupil, said: “We had somebody from V&A Dundee come up who actually suggested this with us so we all talked about ideas for the film and we all thought about actually making the film to begin with.
“We just made models that looked a bit like us, so we started with basic models and we just started building it up from there.
“It was very exciting – it’s very different too because it’s something we’ve never done before.”
Margaret MacKenzie, of Sense Scotland, said: “The One Giant Leap programme is for people we support who are making the leap from school to adult life.
“Because of their situation, members of the group sometimes find it harder to be part of the decisions that their families, schools and social work make about them and what they will do when they leave school.
“They wanted to make a short film about this and applied for funding from BT and from Year of Young People 2018 to make it happen.”
Andrew Low, learning co- ordinator at DCA, said: “The participants and staff have been absolutely wonderful to work with, understanding the commitment needed to make the project work and giving their all at every stage.
“The young people themselves leapt at the opportunity to get involved and within moments of meeting we all started off on the film making journey together.
“Now we are all looking forward to seeing the work on the big screen at DCA.”