Lights, camera and action as pupils are UK’s top film-makers

From left, St Catherine's pupils Emma McKinney, Clodagh Fields and Egle Kavaliunaite, with  Robert Hutchinson of the Royal School Armagh, and the story boards for the their film 'Coinsequences'.
From left, St Catherine's pupils Emma McKinney, Clodagh Fields and Egle Kavaliunaite, with Robert Hutchinson of the Royal School Armagh, and the story boards for the their film 'Coinsequences'.
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The curious tale of a kitten saving up to buy a pet elephant has won a group of St Catherine’s pupils the top prize in a UK-wide competition.

The team’s original idea for a film beat 127 other entries from all over the country to impress judges in the Nationwide’s ‘Big Money Movie Pitch’ competition.

The brief was to come up with a short film idea designed to teach young people about the importance of saving money.

The year 11 pupils, Clodagh Fields, Emma McKinney and Egle Kavaliunaite, along with Robert Hutchinson from the Royal School Armagh, will have their pitch professionally made into a film by Northern Ireland-based Derry Productions.

And on July 8, they and their classmates will be flown to a special screening in London.

‘Coinsequences’ was one of eight films which made it through to the shortlist of eight, and eventually emerged as the clear winner.

Along with some fun characters, it managed to explain why saving your money is important

Stephen Uden

Entries ranged from individual efforts to class-wide projects.

Stephen Uden, Nationwide’s head of citizenship and one of the judges, said, “Picking a winner is always tough. With so much energy on display it was an incredibly close contest, but the judging panel felt ‘Coinsequences’ was the most creative and well-developed entry.

“Along with some fun characters, it managed to explain why saving your money is important – which is exactly what we were looking for.”

Neil McCool, Moving Image Arts tutor at St Catherine’s College, said, “As a group the students worked really hard on the script, showing great imagination, and they had a lot of fun throughout the entire project.

“Winning was just awesome as there are so many brilliant opportunities on offer for the class and the school.

“There is also a great buzz throughout the whole school at the minute which really helps the profile of Moving Image Arts.”