Canning Town children create spooky short film with help of top animator

PUBLISHED: 09:37 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 26 October 2017

Animator Tim Allen (Picture: Tim Allen)

Animator Tim Allen (Picture: Tim Allen)

Tim Allen

An animator on Oscar-nominated films is collaborating with Canning Town pupils for a spooky surprise.

Artist Tim Allen, 40, of City Island, will help Star Primary schoolchildren create a short movie for Halloween.

Tim, whose work includes Shaun the Sheep and feature films by directors Tim Burton and Wes Anderson, will guide 18 youngsters from the school in Star Lane through making their one minute masterpiece.

“Working with children is brilliant fun because they are much less inhibited with their ideas,” he told the Recorder. “If you give them a starting point, their imagination runs wild.

“It’s fascinating and often quite hilarious.”

Set in a haunted Cody Dock, the film will bring handmade characters to life using stop motion animation, a process where models are moved between each frame to mimic movement.

Children came up with the movie’s plot and film scenes during a day-long workshop on Saturday.

After final edits from animator Tim, the short film will be screened during South Crescent creative hub’s Halloween celebrations on October 28.

A professional animator for 18 years, Tim first came to east London to work on his first blockbuster, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.

“I’ve now moved to the area, just south of Cody Dock,” he said.

“The fact that I can bring the filmmaking that brought me here in the first place and have the chance to integrate that with community projects is a really exciting thing.

“It’s a chance for me to take the filmmaking I do for a living and use that to get to know, and hopefully benefit, the local community.”

Now working on the upcoming Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs in nearby 3 Mills Studios, Tim said the area was fast becoming a hotbed for artists.

“I think it’s such an exciting place that’s still developing,” he said. “It’s more and more becoming this creative hub that I think can also benefit the local community.

“The more somewhere gets on the map, the more it gives local kids something interesting, formative and, I hope, fun to do.”

The Halloween event runs from 5pm until 9pm on Saturday, October 28.

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