A group of Creative and Media Diploma students went to see 'The Lion King' in London to gain inspiration for a forthcoming project. They will be scripting, designing and performing their own puppet show to Year 7 students as part of the Creative and Media Diploma and so the awesome effects featured in the London stage show provided an invaluable stimulus.
Head of Art, Mrs Jenn Watts said: 'What better way to feed their ideas and ambitions than to see the Lion King because it is all about huge puppetry, puppetry in motion and layered effects? The visual effects were amazing. Some of the ideas were so far beyond anything I could have imagined. It was all created through very typical puppetry techniques but in a unique and fantastical way. The effects were so good the students had eyes like saucers!'
Just 13 students went to the show; the whole of the Creative and Media Diploma cohort and the others comprising those from the gifted and talented programme. Mrs Watts said: 'Since seeing the performance the students have been doing some written assignments as well as amending their original designs. They now have a lot more ideas. The set design has been vastly altered and they are amending their scripts for the puppet show to reflect what they have learned. That's the brilliant thing about the Creative and Media Diploma. It really examines all facets of the creative industry so each student selects an area that they are interested in like fashion design, the media and television production. We are linking up with industry professionals and hope to be involved in the marketing of the Arts Fresco show which takes place in Market Harborough in September.'