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A-Z of Religion

Posted on March 6th, by mosaicfilms in In Production. No Comments

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

Posted on March 6th, by mosaicfilms in In Production. No Comments

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

Posted on March 6th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films. No Comments

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

Posted on March 6th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films. No Comments

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

Posted on June 9th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films, Uncategorized, Web. No Comments

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 »



BBC Learning: History Animations

Posted on December 3rd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments

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?



BBC iWonder

Posted on May 30th, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. No Comments

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 »



BBC iWonder Guides Now Online

Posted on May 30th, by mosaicfilms in News. No Comments

A series of films produced by Mosaic for BBC iWonder, a new interactive Knowledge and Learning guide on bbc.co.uk, is now available to watch online.

The guides are:

Why do Buddhists meditate?
View the guide here.

When is Easter? Well, it depends…
View the guide here.

Prostitution: Is there anything wrong with selling sex?
View the guide here.

Sunnis and Shias: What’s the story?
View the guide here.

For more information on the individual guides, as well as BBC iWonder click here.

 



Matters of Life and Death

Posted on August 14th, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. No Comments

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?

Posted on April 23rd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on What Makes Me Me?

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 »



Seeking Refuge

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Seeking Refuge

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 »



Making Media: An Introduction

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Making Media: An Introduction

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 »



Why Poverty: UK Shorts

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Why Poverty: UK Shorts

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 »



To Courtney With Love

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on To Courtney With Love

Beckie Williamson is 15 and lives in Leeds with her parents and older sister. She became pregnant at 13 and had a daughter, Courtney. At 14, Beckie was diagnosed with cancer. Treatment was ineffective and the cancer spread to her vital organs. Now Beckie has just weeks to live. She and her sister Vicky set out to make a film for her daughter, Courtney, so that she will know her mother in years to come. ONE Life follows them on their emotional journey. This is Beckie’s film… for Courtney, with love.

Producer: Peter Firstbrook
Director: Mark Wilkinson

Awards:

Winner, RTS Education Documentary Award 2005
Nomination, RTS Editing Factual Award 2005

BBC One, 2005



Games In Athens

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. No Comments

The huge cost, the massive disruption, and the political tensions surrounding the Olympic Games in Athens all threatened to overwhelm Greece and its capital. For the four years preceding the Games, skeptical director, Amalia Zepou, set out to ask, is it all worth it?

 BBC, ARTE, CBC, 2004

Executive Producer: Adam Alexander
Producer: Colin Luke
Director: Amalia Zepou



Return to Wonderland

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on Return to Wonderland

Back in 1995 a team of Russian filmmakers armed with camcorders followed the lives of their fellow citizens for a BBC series called “Russian Wonderland”. Since then the country has fought a war in Chechnya and seen the economy go from boom to bust. Our filmmakers revisit some of the characters to see how they are coping now. They also bring us some new stories about everyday life in the largest country in the world; a country the Russians ironically and affectionately call “Wonderland”. The series really is exceptional in that it shows an intimacy with the various subjects that can only be achieved with our special technique of using native award winning talent. It reflects a country in chaos shown through the lives of ordinary people.

BBC 2, 1999

Producer: Helen Molchanoff
Director: Amanda Feldon

Reviews:

“You may recall the series, five years ago, … Read More »



Adult Lives

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on Adult Lives

A major factual series for BBC2 that takes the temperature of contemporary adult relationships with 10 films giving an insightful slice of today’s Adult Lives.

Adult Lives explores the subject of sex through a series of personal narratives in which real people talk about the role that sex plays in their lives. Each contributor adds their own different perspective, drawing out the theme that sex has different meanings for everyone – and how it’s much more about what’s in the mind than what’s happening to the body. The programmes aim to provoke debate and enlightenment rather than sensation.

BBC 2, 1999

Executive Producer: Adam Alexander
Series Producer: Emma Read
Series Director: Colin Luke

Reviews:

“What does sex mean to people today? That was the question Mosaic Films tackled when the BBC asked them to produce Adult Lives, a series of thought provoking films discussing the place … Read More »



Think of England

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on Think of England

From the Henley Regatta to a chilly church fete and from Liverpool pubs to suburban gardens, Martin Parr travels through England asking what makes the English so English.

Further information on how to purchase this film is provided below.

BBC 2,1999

Producer: Colin Luke
Director/ Camera: Martin Parr

Order DVDs of Think of England:

You can order Think of England as part of the Martin Parr’s Moving Pictures DVD, which includes 12 short films by Martin Parr originally shown on BBC 2 as part of the acclaimed United Kingdom series.

The DVD retails in the UK at 12.50 GBP plus P&P. You can make significant savings under the following terms:

Get a 35% discount when ordering 10 – 24 copies (8.13 GBP each)

Get a 40% discount when ordering 25 – 49 copies (7.50 GBP each)

Get a 45% discount when ordering 50 or more copies (6.88 GBP each)

Plus postage.

If … Read More »



United Kingdom!

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on United Kingdom!

The United Kingdom as seen through the eyes of its occupants, ranging from amateur to professional filmmakers.

United Kingdom was commissioned by Jeremy Gibson, Head of TV Features at BBC Bristol. Like Russian Wonderland, it was commissioned without a single story idea attached to the proposal.
The producers were charged with the responsibility to fill 410 minutes of airtime with a number of stories of lengths between 1 and 60 minutes, shot by filmmakers across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. The production period of nearly eighteen months included a development period of six months. In that time Mosaic built up a database of more than 350 filmmakers ranging from recent graduates of media courses to experienced technicians looking to broaden their production expertise, and received more than 500 story ideas from filmmakers.

In all, forty filmmakers worked on nearly fifty … Read More »



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

Posted on February 18th, by mosaicfilms in News. Comments Off on What Makes Me Me? And Other Interesting Questions screens on BBC

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 to young people. … Read More »



Seeking Refuge

Posted on June 11th, by mosaicfilms in News. Comments Off on Seeking Refuge

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 »






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