A cinematic animation, designed to engage young people with orchestral music and put together by a team from UCA Rochester, has been named a finalist in the Animation category at Le Petit Cannes film festival.
The animation, Red & The Kingdom of Sound, brings to life The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, composed by Benjamin Britten. Written and directed by UCA’s BA (Hons) Computer Animation Arts course leader Phil Gomm, and developed with the support of Computer Animation Arts lecturers, technical tutors, alumni, recent graduates and current students, Red & The Kingdom of Sound has already been shown to hundreds of children across Europe, following its launch to live music last year.
Phil Gomm said: “We are thrilled that Red & The Kingdom of Sound has received such a positive reception and are excited about the prospect of it being shown at film festivals.
“The animation follows the character Red as he guides the audience through the different sound districts of the orchestra – from violin to percussion to harps and more.
“Creating Red & The Kingdom of Sound involved the work and support of so many people, from academic and technical staff, to our alumni and current students. The script really had to tell a story that can draw children in to discovering what the world of the orchestra is like and how each kingdom plays together to create the overall sound. The animation also had to be absolutely synced to the music, so timing was incredibly important when developing it.
“By making the world of sound a visual experience, particularly for young children, and through dismantling the orchestra into different families of sound, we hope to ignite a passion for music in children right from the very early years. One of my favourite things about Red & The Kingdom of Sound is that it is so honest and without ambiguity, enabling young children to go on a journey with Red.”
Le Petit Cannes film festival runs until 19 May and is a celebration of ‘small films with big talent’. It runs parallel to the Festival de Cannes and features the categories Narrative; Documentary; Animation; Experimental & Video Art; as well as a category open only to residents of the Cannes region.
The animation by the UCA team, which has been distributed to schools, forms part of the overall ONE is More project - co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. ONE is More is a collaboration between eight partners across Europe, with UCA being the only non-orchestra in the group.