Special effects fun for pupils at arts centre

Pupils at Kilmardinny Arts Centre get to try out 'green screen' technology to create their own backdrops to 'step into' the pages of a book.
Pupils at Kilmardinny Arts Centre get to try out 'green screen' technology to create their own backdrops to 'step into' the pages of a book.

Hollywood style technology came to Bearsden as primary school pupils got to step inside their favourite books at

Kilmardinny Arts Centre.

Green screen technology, which creates special effects in Hollywood blockbusters, was used to shoot a video with pupils from Castlehill Primary School.

The Bearsden pupils enjoyed a magical day with ‘Badger the Mystical Mutt’, his author Lyn McNicol and illustrator Laura Cameron Jackson. They created their own magical backdrops for the badger’s antics.

Councillor Alan Moir said: “The pupils were able to enter the very worlds they’d created and were introduced to this specialist filming technique at the same time.

“I’m delighted that we are able to give local people access to this type of experience.”

The Green Screen Literacy and Learning Project allows children in East Dunbartonshire to bring their books to life by being superimposed onto virtual backgrounds from any illustrated book, photograph or artwork.

The project is being run by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust and was also tested out at William Patrick Library, in Kirkintilloch, with pupils from Hillhead Primary.

Scott Hill, Chair of EDLC Trust, said: “This project provides a fantastic opportunity to engage people of all ages in libraries in a new and exciting way.

“The aim is to develop opportunities for educational establishments and the wider community to get involved in something a wee bit different.

“Library staff have recognised the potential of the green screen technology and I was pleased that some local youngsters were first to try it out.”

For more information call EDLC on 0141 777 3036.