Over 60 Laois children worked tirelessly on LEGO stop-motion animation for nine months and recently got to watch their own movies on the big screen.
Children from all over Laois took part in the project which is a joint venture between Abbeyleix and Durrow Libraries. The movies they created from scratch and filmed were screened at the Dunamasie Arts Centre in Portlaoise on Saturday, October 13.
The project aimed to get pre-teens and teenagers to become creators and not just consumers of media content, to develop their social skills and their social networks and to use their smartphone, tablet and laptop constructively.
They thought up their own stories, created characters, built a set using LEGO and filmed their animations with voice-overs and helped to edit their own movies.
Thomas Maher was one of the organisers alongside Lori Moriarty.
“This is one of the best things I have done in the library and the kids enjoyed it. It is a big commitment, the parents stayed and came back every week,” he said.
The project allowed participants to draw on both the technical and creative sides of themselves.
The screening at the Dunamaise was the first time the children got to see the final, finished movies and there was great excitement on the day as awards were presented.
Pictures by Valerie Madden.