Posted: 29 April, 2013

Lights, camera, award!


Lights, camera– and award for the young film makers atPutney High School’s Junior School, who have been highly commended in a shortfilm competition.

Their animation film, The Giraffe with the Short Neck,captured the imagination of a distinguished panel of seven judges – includingOscar-winning costume designer and Putney Old Girl Jenny Beavan.

The competition is one of a series of activities to markthe 140th anniversary of The Girls’ Day School Trust.  In the Junior category, films had to beinspired by, or be relevant to, the themes of happiness or friendship.

Dr Denise Lodge, Headmistress of Putney High Schoolsaid: “The event has helped to encourageour pupils to learn new skills and stimulate their creative thinking. It’s a sad fact that women make up only 19%of writers of British films released in the UK, and only 15% of directors. Thiscompetition has helped to open our girls’ eyes to exciting new career paths.”

Judge Jenny Beavan said: “Having worked in the film industry for a long time it is a good feelingto start giving something back to the school that taught me to love Shakespeareand the theatre. There were some great entries and I am sure they found itisn’t quite as easy as it can look!”

The Giraffe with the Short Neck is about a giraffe who ishelped by his friend the hippo.

Jenny Beavan is a costume designer who has achieved aninternational reputation for the excellence of her work for film, televisionand stage.  Jenny has been nominated fornine Oscars and won an Oscar for her costumes for the Merchant Ivory film, ‘ARoom with a View’. As costume designer for the international film of the year,‘The King’s Speech’, Jenny was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA and awardedthe Costume Designer’s Guild Award for costumes in a period film.

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