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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

11th May

This week is officially the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week (8th – 14th May) – an annual event hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. To mark this important occasion, our films on children’s mental health – ‘When I Worry About Things’, have been released.  This years theme is ‘surviving to thriving’ – looking at how normalised anxiety, stress and depression have become within society, as many face daily battles to keep their lives on track. 

Our series  ‘When I Worry About Things’ explores the experiences of six children who suffer from mental ill health. Each of these five films tells the unique story of what its like to live with a mental health problem and how this can impact a young person’s life. The films provide a way to begin to understand some of the challenges that living with mental … Read More »



When I Worry About Things

10th May

When I Worry About Things is a series of animated documentaries for the BBC exploring the experiences of six children who suffer from mental ill health. Each of these five films tells the unique story of what its like to live with a mental health problem and how this can impact a young person’s life. The films provide a way to begin to understand some of the challenges that living with mental health presents with, especially from a young person’s perspective. Aimed at children at KS2, the goal is to shine a light on an age group who are increasingly vulnerable to mental health difficulties, and yet often lack the knowledge or resources to know how to seek help and support.

Commissioned by BBC Teach, the films can be seen here.

Executive Producer and Director: Andy Glynne
Producer: Anita Norfolk
Animation Director:Read More »



A-Z of Religion

6th March

26 x 2-3” films under the banner of A-Z of Religion & Beliefs for KS3 students for BBC Learning.

Did you know that in India cows can walk wherever they want? Or that Kosher rules out crabs?

This series gives a unique look into the history and traditions of religions in all their forms. Fully animated and designed, peppered with photo and illustration cut-outs; the film uses real world representations to not only centre the animation, but to bring a maturity to it that allows its appeal to span a range of ages. Carefully using humour where appropriate and sensitivity where it is needed, the result is a balanced educational piece, providing a brilliant source for the classroom.  

From Atheism to Zoroastrianism – we’ve got this covered!

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Anita Norfolk
Director of Animation: Nandita Jain



GCSE History: Medicine Through Time

6th March

10 x 3-4’’ films for BBC Learning on GCSE History, Medicine Through Time.

Using cut-outs and motion graphics, this BBC learning series takes students back in time, bringing to life the artefacts that tell our medical history.

The archival primary and secondary sources seamlessly root you in the iconography at the time. Laden with this rich visual language, these films weave you through the murky meanders of the Medieval times, through the centuries, the gruesome horrors and bizarre practices that punctuated medical progress. Doing it all with a healthy dollop of humour. Just what the doctor ordered.

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Sara Archer
Director of Animation: Salvador Maldonado



KS4 Welsh Baccalaureate

6th March

10 x 2-3″ films on the KS4 Welsh Baccalaureate course, for BBC Bitesize.

This series is an informative, humorous, and visually exciting animation, designed to inspire learners to fulfil their full potential at KS4 Welsh Baccalaureate, and equip them with the relevant skills to do so. The films are produced to be easy to understand, not just by illustrating specific steps but also by setting them in ‘real world’ contexts.

 

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Molly Bond
Director of Animation: Nandita Jain



GCSE Biology

6th March

12 x 3” films for BBC Learning on GCSE Biology.

These presenter driven, live action films utilise animation and motion graphics to bring to life essential topics in the GCSE syllabus. The benefits of this creative approach, combined with the brilliant talent that is Greg Foot, has ensured these films are informative and engaging; visualising complicated concepts in an easy-to-understand way.

 

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Anita Norfolk
Director of Animation: Salvador Maldonado
Presenter: Greg Foot



I Can’t Go To School Today

9th June



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 … Read More »



An interview with animator Xin Li

19th October

Mosaic director Laurie Harris spoke to animator Xin Li about his paint on glass animation style following their collaboration on The Big Push.

The Big Push was produced in collaboration with the Poetry Society and the Fleming Collection. The film is an evocative paint on glass animation in response to the Herbert James Gunn painting – ‘The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’. The animation also visualises renowned Scottish poet John Glenday’s verse interpretation of the painting – ‘The Big Push’. The film will be displayed at the Fleming Collection Gallery in London, film festivals and across the Internet.

Laurie Harris: How old were you when you first started to think about animation as a potential career? Why did you think about going into animation?

Xin Li: Back in 2007 I graduated from my Bachelor’s degree for oil paintings and … Read More »



Health Research: Making The Right Decision For Me

16th June

 

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.



Tales From Around The World

10th March


A series of 6 x 5′ animated films for BBC Learning, based on the most interesting and unusual folktales from around the world. The series includes a story about the origin of the night from Brazil, a story about a Punjabi King who allows himself to be fried and eaten for breakfast each day in return for an unlimited supply of gold and a story from Israel about the importance of personal choice and individuality. Other stories, as part of this series come from Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.

The films are aimed at Literacy students at Key Stage 1 and provide an engaging way to inform children about different countries, cultures and storytelling traditions. They also provide a great starting point for discussions and constitute an invaluable and versatile resource for further learning across the curriculum, … Read More »



BBC Learning: History Animations

3rd December

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?



What Makes Me Me?

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23rd April

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 … Read More »



Give More

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22nd April

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

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22nd April

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 … Read More »



Animated Minds

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21st April

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

Awards:
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

Episodes:

Becoming Invisible
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 … Read More »



Little Johnny’s Journey

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21st April

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


Insight – Sort Out Stress

21st April

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



Blood Matters

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21st April

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

Leona. Alone.

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 … Read More »



What Makes Me Me? And Other Interesting Questions screens on BBC

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18th February

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 adapted from stories from Jason Buckley (The Philosophy Man) and Peter Worley’s The If Machine, these films artfully lead children through practical, philosophical journeys where they are encouraged to think laterally and creatively.

The animated stories 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 … Read More »



Seeking Refuge

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11th June

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 … Read More »




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