Earlier in March this year, students from UWTSD’s BA Film and Visual Culture, and BA New Media Production degrees collaborated with Canolfan Peniarth to create a series of short film clips for a Welsh Government funded educational project that concentrates specifically on the Middle Ages in Wales.

As part of the project, Peniarth is producing two bilingual packs for children 7 to 11 years old, that focuses on two subjects related to Wales between 1063 and 1400, which are castles and famous characters such as Gwenllian, Owain Glyndwr and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd etc.  The packs will include film clips that will provide an opportunity for children to travel back in time to the Middle Ages to see what it was like to live in a castle and to see what it was like to be famous a long time ago, with the students playing a key role in the film production process.

Sian Elin Evans, Multimedia Designer at Canolfan Peniarth said, “The film work was complicated and technical as it had to be done with a green screen background that allows us to add some animation of castles and specific images from the Middle Ages to the clips in the editing process.  When considering all the production involved with the clips, being able to bring experienced film and media students who are familiar with the technical aspects in to the production team was extremely valuable for us. The standard of their film work and their professionalism was great”.

Gareth Smith, Project Manager at Canolfan Peniarth said, “We have received a number of requests from students from different fields of study recently who are looking for work experience opportunities with us, and we always try to accomodate and support them and give them an opportunity to work on commercial projects in the hope that this will enhance their skills and experiences and help them when will be looking for employment once they graduate”.

Dr Brett Aggersberg, a lecturer with the University’s School of Film and Digital Media said, ”this has been a very benifical experience for our students. It has enabled them to practice their lighting, audio, filming, and post-production skills. This project required studio green screen work and editing in Adobe After Effects. The experience has provided students with a real world experience, where they have had to meet the needs of the client and reflect on their position to the creative industries. We look forward to working with Canolfan Peniarth on future projects.”

Both educational packs will be published later on in the year in May, with a launch already organised at the Arts Centre in Aberystwyth on 20 May 2017 with one of the authors, Dr Mererid Hopwood, as part of the literature festival, Gŵyl Bedwen Lyfrau.