BBC Bitesize commissioned Mosaic Films to produce 73 animated short films – a total of 60 minutes – across subjects; English, Maths and Science for Key Stage 1 and 2.
Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Anita Norfolk
Animation Director: Natalia Pérez
A series of short films for the BBC comparing the lives of children from different cities in the UK to the lives of 7 children in non-European countries, including Papua New Guinea, Japan and Iqaluit CA. Each film gives a fun and revealing insight into the cultural and social differences between both the UK cities and overseas locations through these children’s lives.
Aimed at KS1 children the clips can be used to teach children how our environment influences the way we live, as well as show them that they share the interests and needs of children across the world.
These clips can be watched here.
A series of fun, engaging animated summaries of 7 key English Literature text including To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and A Taste of Honey. Aimed at GCSE students, the films will act as a refresher of plot, themes and characters.
The visual style allowed us to cover the breadth of tone across the seven texts, from caricatures and darkly comic imagery in Steinbeck’s in Of Mice and Men to the serious and profound message of To Kill a Mockingbird. These fun, lively animations are both incredible useful for students, as well as appealing to literature fans of all ages!
You can watch the films here.
Animation Director: Lilian Fu
Producer: Molly Bond
I Can’t Go To School Today is a series of animated documentaries for BBC exploring the experiences of children living with different illnesses and conditions. Using the testimonies of six young people, we worked with animators to tell their story visually. Mosaic Films have a unique reputation for innovating the use of animation and documentary together.
Each of these films tells of the experiences of a young person whose life is markedly different from their peers, and who have all taken time off school because of their illness. We hear from ten-year-old Summer who has epilepsy, she describes how epilepsy effects her memory, often she can’t remember the joke she wanted to tell her friends. Despite missing school, Summer is ambitious and an avid writer. Naomi has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and is now in remission. Naomi bravely tells us … Read More »
Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression is a series of 5 films highlighting personal stories of perinatal mental health issues. Animation is combined with personal testimony to give honesty and power to the narratives of 5 parents who have endured the trauma, fear and anxiety of mental distress before ultimately finding a way through. This series was produced by Mosaic Films for Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.
‘Mike’s story’ explores the challenge of watching your partner transform into a different person, overcome with anxiety and insomnia. How do you support your wife, hold down a job and look after your newborn baby as all sense of normality collapses around you?
‘Katie’s story’ explores the life of a young mum trying to overcome a difficult past and build a brighter future for herself and her child as she battles her … Read More »
Mosaic Films worked with The Nuffield Council on Bioethics to produce a short animation which conveys some of the key themes of the Council’s report ‘Children and clinical research: ethical issues’ from the perspective of Mia – a character who goes through some of the questions and issues that might be raised when a young person is invited to take part in clinical research. The script was developed following a workshop with 14 young people aged 10-18 who had previously been in contact with the Council, but were not ‘experts’ in clinical research.
To watch the film click here.
‘Saint-Helena’, one of the most remote islands in the world, is about to lose it’s isolation due to the arrival of an international airport. Investors and the Government want to change the island into a tourist attraction; a contemporary ‘eco’ paradise far away from the busy life of cities. Over the course of three years this 1 x 80’/60′ film follows six islanders, who call themselves Saints, as they’re trying to make sense of the changes that are coming their way. A 23′ version of the film, broadcast on BBC Our World, is available to watch here.
The island, Great Britain’s second oldest remaining colony, was once an important trade post in the discovery of the modern world. Today Saint-Helena lays lost and forgotten in the vast Atlantic ocean. Distanced from the mainland by five sailing days … Read More »
A quick-fire animated series of irreverently narrated documentaries aimed at 8-11 year olds. The films look at four different eras of History – the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Romans, the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons and also at ‘How to be a Historian’ – exploring the similarities between the roles of historians and detectives.
The films are available on the BBC Learning Zone, click on the title to watch the film:
How can I be a Historian?
Animation at step 2
How did the Romans change Britain?
Animation at step 2
How did the ancient Greeks change the world?
Animation at step 2
What do we know about ancient Greek culture?
Animation at step 2
What was life like in Viking Britain?
Animation in step 5
What did the Anglo-Saxons believe?
A series of short films for BBC iWonder, a new interactive Knowledge and Learning guide on bbc.co.uk.
BBC iWonder is designed to give people access to content in a new and more interactive way and to deepen understanding and challenge preconceptions. The guides are curated by experts and BBC talent and provide a compelling new source of educational narratives.
Why do Buddhists meditate?
This BBC iWonder guide on Buddhist meditation explores the role of religion in meditation and the benefits of meditation for both religious and non-religious people. The guide will also take you through meditation step by step and explain how the Buddha used meditation to find enlightenment. Presented by Bettany Hughes.
View the guide here.
When is Easter? Well, it depends…
Easter, the oldest Christian festival and the holiest in the Christian Calendar, celebrates the resurrection … Read More »
The film explores the rights and wrongs of some of life’s biggest questions. Captured as beautiful and engaging short documentary portraits, these powerful and thought-provoking real-life stories present students with personal perspectives on important issues in religion, morality and ethics; based on major themes explored in Key Stage 4 Religious Studies and Ethics lessons.
From whether it is okay to have an abortion – through to thoughts on the death penalty and euthanasia, the film poses stimulating questions such as: , ‘Is assisted suicide murder or is it kind to relieve those that are suffering?’; ‘When does life begin?’; and ‘Is it ever right to start a war?’.
Students are encouraged to think critically and discuss the positions they personally occupy, relating them to their own beliefs and experiences. The film includes representatives of different faiths and religions … Read More »
What Makes Me Me? And Other Interesting Questions is a humorous and engaging series of short films voiced by Robert Webb, exploring fundamental philosophical concepts through everyday questions that children ask, and adults often struggle to answer.
Using a combination of beautifully animated parables and live-action discussions with children, the series asks questions like, ‘What’s fair?’; ‘Why should I be good?’ and ‘What makes me, me?’. Aimed at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7 – 11) and narrated by comedian Robert Webb, these films artfully lead children through practical, philosophical journeys where they are encouraged to think laterally and creatively.
The animations are adapted from stories from Jason Buckley (The Philosophy Man) and Peter Worley’s The If Machine, and explore concepts such as morality, identity, perception and equality, linking them to topics of study in the curriculum and also to themes and subject matter relevant to … Read More »
Working with the Citizenship Foundation‘s Giving Nation programme, Mosaic Films produced a series of three short animations introducing the Give More movement to schools.
Give More encourages people to pledge to commit more time, money and energy to helping the charitable causes they care about. The Citizenship Foundation – an independent education charity that focusses on developing young people’s citizenship skills – commissioned us to make short calls to action to engage young people with the aims of the project.
Animation Director: Salvador Maldonado
Producer: Kerry McLeod
Seeking Refuge is a series of animated documentaries for BBC exploring the experiences of young refugees living in the UK. Using the testimonies of five young people we worked with animators to tell their story visually. Mosaic Films have a unique reputation for innovating the use of animation and documentary together. The films form a key part of Refugee Week in June 2012, and in schools across the UK.
Each of these films tells of the experiences of five young refugees and asylum seekers who are living in the UK. We hear from ten year old Ali from Afghanistan, who fled the country with his grandmother yet leaving behind his parents. Ali describes the pain of separation as well as his experiences adjusting to life in the UK. Ten year old Hamid from Eritrea had to flee his country and describes … Read More »
Hackney Life is a crowdsourced documentary, made from video contributions from all across the borough as part of Hackney Museum’s Mapping The Change project. The project explored the changes happening to the area in the lead up to the Summer 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Narrated by young Hackney resident Jerelle Okoro, the film explores the varying perceptions of the area and its rich history.
Mosaic Films launched an open call for submissions in early 2012, based on a brief drawn up in consultation with Hackney people. The film premiered at the main exhibition for Mapping The Change at Hackney Museum in May 2012.
Producer/ Director: Kerry McLeod
Mosaic Films has produced two films for the re-hang of the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery’s Norwich School collection. These two short films trace the story of the Norwich School of Artists and their impact on British art, as the first regional art movement in the UK. We will also be exploring the role of the Norfolk landscape in shaping the artists’ work.
The films focus on the life and work of the movement’s major figures John Sell Cotman and John Crome and look in depth at their most famous artworks. The films also explore the ways in which the artists who were part of the School, from Joseph Stannard to James Stark, depict the beautiful Norfolk landscape.
The films will be screened in the recently re-hung Cotman gallery and will also be available online.
Making Media: An Introduction is a series of Six short ‘how to’ films aimed at informing and enabling Media Studies students at Key Stage 4 and beyond to understand the techniques involved in producing various media.
Informative and inspiring, these films go behind the scenes on the creation of a short film, music video, film trailer and website to cover shooting styles, interview techniques, approaches to editing, and concepts of web design.
This programme focuses on the different forms most commonly produced for GCSE Media Studies, but can be enjoyed by media students at all ages and levels.
How To Make A Film
Learn to research, plan and shoot a film including key camera and storytelling techniques.
How To Shoot A Music Video
Creative tips for shooting a professional looking music video with basic equipment.
How To Conduct An Interview
Key skills for interviewing in media production, whether … Read More »
A series of six short films as part of the Open University and the British Council project Belief in Dialogue, which seeks to build global awareness and understanding between communities around issues of diversity and culture.
The series engages with issues such as; can religion and science ever be reconciled?; what does community mean in our increasingly transnational world? and what makes a society democratic?
Director: Dylan Howitt
Producer: Kerry McLeod
Coffee shops are a traditional place to meet, discuss and share ideas throughout the world. Due to the rise in internet cafes offering free wifi, modern coffee shops are welcoming a new generation through their doors. This film connects a group of devoted social media activists in a coffee shop in Britain with their peers in Amman, exploring their thoughts on … Read More »
Famine, War & Corruption is a series of short films exploring the ways in which the western media can distort significant issues in the global south, produced for the Institute of Development Studies as part of their work in understanding how policy and opinion on international development is shaped. View via IDS.
7 x 5’, Institute of Development Studies 2011
Director: Anton Califano
Mosaic Films worked with Siemens to create a short film based on the reflections of the driver of one of London’s hybrid buses.
This film follows driver Leon Warner as we journey with him on a hybrid bus. For Leon, driving a bus through London is more than just carrying passengers from A to B: it’s rediscovering city and people, every day. This short film invites you to see London through the unique perspective of a bus-driver, and see London how he sees it.
To watch the film, visit the Siemens Global Website
Director: Anton Califano
Why Poverty? UK Shorts is an eclectic series of short documentaries taking a fresh look at poverty in the UK. The issues covered include the vicious cycle of debt and poverty; the psychological impact of living in poverty; and the power of friendship and community to help people turn their lives around. The films are produced by Mosaic Films in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, BBC Storyville and the global Why Poverty? project by STEPS International. They were commissioned as the result of an open call for submissions, to find filmmakers who could produce an authentic portrayal of poverty in the UK. Around a hundred entries were submitted nationwide and were whittled down to six finalists, who then took part in a live pitch in front of a judging panel at 2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Festivals: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011
The Car’s Got To … Read More »
Produced for Tate Media and Arts Council, the second year of the Art Shorts programme saw two regional galleries offered the chance to bring video into their marketing and audience engagement work.
From an open call following a one-day workshop at Tate Britain on how to integrate video into the work of a gallery, the two galleries selected were Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool and the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Mosaic Films worked with teams at both galleries to produce short films focusing on two very different projects:
The Opposite of All Those Things
This kite sculpture by Heather and Ivan Morison – commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery – was assembled and flown on Fleetwood Beach, Lancashire, in January 2011. The process was filmed and edited into a dialogue-free piece, revealing the ominous shape of the sculpture in full flight. View … Read More »
Mosaic Films partnered with Film London, the BFI, and London’s Screen Archives network to create an innovative online film initiative and competition. London Recut challenged London’s citizens to explore over three hours of moving image archive material of the city, some of which has been made available for the first time, and use it to create their own films via an easy-to-use online editing tool. The competition was open to everyone, whether a budding filmmaker, a keen historian, or just someone who wanted to have a go.
45 films were submitted to the competition and put to the public vote. A special jury of Londoners then chose the four winners from a shortlist of the 16 most popular entries.
London: A Guide for the Anxious by Nicola Jaberi
A timely guide to the dangers of London, providing key points for the careful and … Read More »
This film tells the story of the government’s efforts to improve maternal health in Ethiopia and save lives through a network of community based health workers. The film was launched at the UN General Assembly in 2009.
1 x 4’, M&C Saatchi and DfID 2009
Director: Deborah Kingsland
Animated Minds is a series of short animated documentaries which use real testimonies of teenage experiences of mental distress, combined with engaging visuals, to climb inside the world of young people struggling with issues such as anxiety disorders, self-harm and depression, eating disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.
Find out more and watch the films at www.animatedminds.com
Producer/Director: Andy Glynne
Animation Director: Katerina Athanasopoulou, Salvador Maldonado, Matthew Morgan, Billie Loebner
Winner, Secondary Learning, BAFTA Children’s Awards 2009
Winner, 14-19 Years, RTS Education Awards 2009
Winner, Young People’s Media, Mental Health Media Awards 2009
Winner, Best Animation, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2009
Winner, Best Educational Film, Holland Animation Film Festival 2009
Violent nightmares, suicidal wishes and an inability to live in your own skin. This film explores the dynamics that can drive young people to develop eating disorders beyond talk of the Size Zero culture and peer pressure. … Read More »
Mosaic Films, Channel 4 and the BFI joined forces to produce Britain Recut, a groundbreaking series of short films by four new filmmakers.
For the first time in its history, the BFI made historic documentary footage by the early pioneers of documentary available to the public to re-edit into their own short films, as part of an online competition which saw the four winning films screened on Channel 4, and entering the BFI National Archive.
The filmmakers were challenged to comment on an aspect of life in contemporary Britain by recutting public information films from the 1940’s and 50’s. The results range from the experience of refugees arriving in London, to how we have fun, rationing and working mothers, and display the creative potential of this archive. In turns playful and poignant, they ask how much life in Britain has changed since … Read More »
A short animation following the story of Little Johnny’s first months, as he learns to navigate the world around him and builds a healthy immune system. With Denise Lewis.
This film was produced for the agency Drum, for its client Cow & Gate.
Animator: Jim Field
Director: Andy Glynne
A short animated documentary featuring the testimony of a young man, who shares his experiences of mental health problems including drug dependence and depression.
Produced for the Camden NHS project Sort Out Stress.
Animator: Jim Field
Producer/ Director: Andy Glynne
Channel 4/ National Blood Service, 2004
Four short, animated documentaries at the cutting edge of their form in their use of animation, documentary and new media, explore the eye-opening issue of blood donation. The series was produced as a slate of films for Channel 4’s The Slot, entitled Blood Matters, in association with The National Blood Service.
Series Producer: Andy Glynne
What’s Blood Got To Do With It?
An irreverent, Python-esque lightning-fast tour through the history of the uses and misuses of blood, mixing informative narrative, with humorous visuals. Narrated by the refreshingly absurd comedian Alexei Sayle.
Director: Andy Glynne
Animation Director: Jim Field
Narrator: Alexei Sayle
This film chronicles the experiences of Leona, a black girl, born with Sickle Cell Disease. Now a teenager, she candidly describes the regular stream of hospital visits, sickle cell crises and blood transfusions that have become the fabric of her life.
Director: … Read More »