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Projects for 2017

 

2016 was a wonderful year for the team at  Winding Snake Productions, despite world politics dominating the headlines and the loss of so much creative and intellectual talent.  We had the privilege of working with over 500 young people across Wales, and with some fantastic people at fantastic organisations which include First Campus, Into Film, Welsh National Opera, Arts Council of Wales, Heritage Lottery Fund Cymru, Small World Theatre, WOW One World Film Festival, Girl Guiding Cymru, and Ffilm Cymru Wales.

 
 

Several films from our 2015 slate were nominated or won awards at national and international film festivals and we found some time to extend our studio space at Chapter in Cardiff.

 

We finished the Lipstick and Chainsaws project in the summer, you can visit the project site http://lipstickandchainsaws.co.uk/ .  We also released our multi award winning documentary A Bird in a Cage online in June 2016, to watch the film visit http://www.abirdinacage.org/ .

 

We have lots to look forward to in 2017 too.

 

We will be finishing our heritage lottery funded project Newport Gun Girls in the Spring, get in touch to secure your seat at the premiere screening!

 

We are delivering three projects as creative practitioners as part of the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools scheme and we are making an animated short written and directed by Lauren Orme, called Creepy Pasta Salad.  A film funded by the BFI NET.WORK.

 

Towards the end of the year we will be delivering our first international project for Wales, between Wales and India.  A project funded by Wales Arts International, British Council as part of their UK/India 2017, to celebrate 70 years of Indian independence.  Winding Snake Productions will work across both countries with women to teach filmmaking and animation skills and learn more about Rangoli: art that binds.  

 

We can’t wait to get started.  To keep up-to-date with all of our work you can follow us on Twitter @winding_snake or you can email us at hello@windingsnake.com.

 
 

Aderyn Caeth: Ymunwch â ni ar-lein ddydd Sadwrn 25 Mehefin 2016 pan fo Cynyrchiadau’r Neidr Nadreddog yn adrodd hanes un o fenywod mwyaf anhygoel Cymru.

 

103 o flynyddoedd yn ôl ar 25 Mehefin 1913, penderfynodd Arglwyddes y Rhondda weithredu. Yng Nghasnewydd roedd yn byw ac fe’i hadnabyddid hefyd yn Margaret Mackworth neu Margaret Haig Thomas.

 

Un o fenywod mwyaf dylanwadol yn ei hamser oedd Arglwyddes y Rhondda o Lan-wern. Nid oedd am ymfodloni ar lynu at waith beunyddiol traddodiadol y ferch, brwydrodd yn erbyn rhywiaeth a biwrocratiaeth y dynion i dorri ei chwys ei hun ym myd busnes, newyddiadura a gwleidyddiaeth, gan fod yn geffyl blaen ac yn esiampl i fenywod eraill dros y byd.

 

Trodd ei hymdrechion at frwydr ffyrnig ennill y bleidlais ac annibyniaeth wleidyddol i fenywod. Yn y mudiad hwnnw chwaraeodd rôl allweddol. Sefydlodd Gasnewydd yn gadarnle i’r mudiad gyda’i thactegau penderfynol, unigryw ac ymfflamychol.

 

Diolch i gefnogaeth Cronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri a’r Campws Cyntaf ym Mhrifysgol y De, drwy gydol 2014 bu Cynyrchiadau’r Neidr Nadreddog yn gweithio gyda phobl ifainc o Gaerffili a Chasnewydd i ddarganfod hanes y fenyw arbennig hon a’i adrodd eto ar gyfer y cenedlaethau i ddod ar ffurf animeiddiad creadigol a ffeithiol.

 

Drwy ymweld â San Steffan, ymchwilio i wrthrychau hanesyddol a siarad â gwleidyddion lleol y datblygodd pobl ifainc o Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ac Ysgol y Merched, Lewis ymateb gwybodus a chreadigol i fudiad rhyddid i fenywod a chyfraniad Arglwyddes y Rhondda ato. Buont yn gweithio gyda cherddorion ac awduron lleol i gyfansoddi barddoniaeth a chynllunio baneri yn null y mudiad a magu dealltwriaeth fanwl o’r gwahaniaethau rhwng bywyd menywod heddiw a chanrif yn ôl.

 

Syfrdanwyd llawer o’r plant gan y disgwyliadau a oedd ar fenywod o ran sut y dylasent fyw a sut y teyrnasai dynion drostynt gan eu gyrru i’r cysgodion ac i’r ymylon. Effeithiodd hyn ar eu gwisg a phenderfyniadau pwysig am eu bywyd beunyddiol hwy a’u teuluoedd. Bu’r prosiect hwn yn fodd i bobl ifainc Cymru archwilio’r newidiadau yn ein hagwedd at le’r fenyw yn ein cymdeithas yn hanesyddol ac ail-werthuso swyddogaeth y fenyw yn ein diwylliant heddiw. Gallai’r bobl ifainc fynegi eu barn, eu teimladau a’r hyn a ddysgwyd ganddynt a hynny’n greadigol ac yn adeiladol.

 

Dyma’ch gwahodd i ymuno â ni ar-lein: www.abirdinacage.org am 6pm am ddangosiad cyntaf y gwaith arloesol hwn.

 

Gellwch ymuno â’r drafodaeth am wneud ffilmiau, ffeminyddiaeth, hawliau cyfartal, hanes a gwleidyddiaeth ar Drydar: @winding_snake.

 

Cysylltwch â ni am ragor o wybodaeth: hello@windingsnake.com.

 

A Bird in a Cage: Join us online Saturday June 25th 2016 as Winding Snake Productions tell the story of one of Wales’ most incredible women.

 

103 years ago on June 25th 1913 Newport’s own Lady Rhondda also know as Margaret Mackworth and Margaret Haig Thomas, made a decision to act. 

 

Lady Rhondda of Llanwern was one of the most influential women of her time. Not contented with the day to day tasks traditionally ascribed to women, she struggled with misogyny and masculine bureaucracy to forge her way in business, writing and politics, blazing a trail for women the world over.

 

Her efforts extended into the fierce battle for women’s suffrage and political independence, in which she took a key role; helping establish Newport as a strong player in the suffrage movement with her incendiary, determined and unique tactics.

 

Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and First Campus at the University of South Wales, throughout 2014 Winding Snake Productions worked with young people from Caerphilly and Newport to uncover the story of this remarkable woman and to retell it for future generations in the form of a creative and informative animated documentary.

 

By visiting parliament, researching historical artefacts, and speaking to local politicians, young people from Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd and Lewis Girls school developed an informed and creative response to the women’s liberation movement and to Lady Rhondda’s part in it.  Working with local musicians and writers they composed suffrage verse, designed suffrage banners and developed a detailed understanding the differences in the lives of women 100 years ago.

 

Many of the children were astounded at the ways in which women were expected to live and how they were overshadowed and dismissed by their male counterparts; from matters of dress to involvement in the decision-making process that governed their lives and those of their families. This project has not only allowed young people in Wales to examine the shift in gender perception throughout history, but to re-evaluate the role of women in contemporary culture. They have been able to express their thoughts, feelings and learnings creatively and constructively.

 

We invite you to join us at online at www.abirdinacage.org at 6pm for the online premier of this multi award winning work.

 

You can also join the discussion on filmmaking, feminism, equal rights, history and politics on Twitter @winding_snake.

 

Contact us for more information via hello@windingsnake.com.

 

Projects for 2016

 

2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year at Winding Snake. Beginning with an innovative new arts engagement project funded by the Arts Council of Wales and long-time supporters First Campus at the University of South Wales and G39 gallery in Cardiff called Lipstick and Chainsaws.

 

The project will bring together teenagers from Caerphilly & Blaenau Gwent to take part in creating art for their own online exhibition.  During this programme the groups will work with professional artists at Winding Snake as well as internationally renowned artists Tim Davies, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Rhys Webber and Sue Williams.

 

The theme of the work will examine the representation of women in art, as well as exploring the way in which Welsh teenagers consume art.  

 

Digital art is a booking genre, and with the increasing use of online art stores such as Etsy, Society6 and Eyestorm, as well as apps such as Pinterest, Flickr and Instagram, more people from locations across Wales are able to access art, artists and art collecting in a way that previously may not have been possible.

 

This project starts in January 2016 and is due for completion in June 2016.  Keep an eye on the @winding_snake twitter (#lipstick&chainsaws) feed for more info about the launch of the digital exhibition.

 

Other work starting this year includes a wonderful new documentary project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and First Campus.

 

Newport Gun Girls: Stories from ROF 11 is a new immersive social history project which will investigate what life was like for women workers based at Newport's Royal Ordnance Factory 11 during the Second World War.

 

Between 1941 and 1945 women from across Wales were recruited by the Ministry of Labour and National Service to work as part of the wartime munitions labour force.  

 

Working with Newport Museum, the University of South Wales, historian Professor Deirdre Beddoe and professional engineers and arts practitioners, through workshops the Newport Gun Girls project will engage the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, and Rangers of Newport East and young people from Blaenau Gwent. The participants will learn about the everyday experiences and achievements of the wartime female munitions workers at ROF 11.

 

We will look at the work they did, and explore the wider implications of their new roles.  We will also examine what life was like, looking at popular music, film and art from this period. We will use the voices of these women to tell their own stories and provide a new multimedia heritage learning experience for young people to directly connect with their own cultural heritage.  

 

The animated documentary is due to be released in 2017.

 

Further news for 2016; Winding Snake Productions will begin phase one of production for an independent animated short written and directed by Lauren Orme.  


There are several smaller programs happening too, so keep in touch to find out more.  Wishing you a super year.  Love from the team xx

 

Into Space Project


At the end of last year Winding Snake embarked on an exciting new project. The brief was to make a short film, with young people, around the theme of space and exploration. We have teamed up with the Lewis Boys school, in Pengam and during a number of workshops, we have created the foundations of our final film. As it is a competition with Into Film, the final projects will be specially selected and will be watched in space by European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake during his mission to the International Space Station. Fingers crossed that our film is selected. If you would like more information on the competion, visit the Into Film: Into Space page http://www.intofilm.org/space.

 

First Campus Summer School, University of South Wales Treforest Campus

 

Winding Snake’s regular role at the First Campus Summer School led by Glen Biseker, saw the team work with 25 young people from around the South East Valleys. Over the course of a week. The group wrote scripts and storyboards, filmed using professional equipment, made sound effects, composed music and edited their films. Workshops also included abstract painting and animation which were all added to the final film.

 

The film called Fix N= can be accessed via vimeo by clicking on this link:

https://vimeo.com/149656212

 

The iPad Project

 

In early 2015 Winding Snake Productions were commissioned by Into Film and First Campus to make 4 films with 4 different schools - Rhymney Comprehensive, Pontypridd High School, Tir-y-Berth Primary School and Cyfarthfa Park Junior School - using only iPads to film, edit and add effects. Through the workshops the schools and classes involved were able to explore production techniques in animation, live action, collage and storytelling.  The student films are now available on Vimeo:

 

Dino and the Shapes  https://vimeo.com/149650279

Political Animals https://vimeo.com/149648902

Reflections https://vimeo.com/149652475

Flow link coming soon…

 

The Making of Learning to Fly.

 

“Learning to Fly” was an ambitious project that took in much help from outside sources as well as Winding Snake.

 

The film was funded by Arts Council of Wales, First Campus at the University of South Wales and Ffilm Cymru Wales.

 

Producer Amy Morris says “Without Arts Council of Wales and the additional support from Ffilm Cymru Wales and First Campus we would not have been able to make this excellent body of work that developed the children in such a wonderful way”.

 

The Arts Council of Wales is an independent charity with a principle sponsor through the Welsh Government, and they distribute funding from the National Lottery to those in need for artistic and creative bodies of work. They work together with the Welsh Government to fulfill the need of the Government’s policy ambitions. The film, created by Winding Snake and the school children of Abertillery Comprehensive and Tir Y Berth Primary was a collaborative project that featured the story of a vile ruler, who banned and locked up all the books in the land. His three daughters and a friend went to free the books, which took them across the vast sea and featured an encounter with a fairy tale loving dragon.

 

The film featured a set, made from a humble door frame. It was transformed into a mosaic world, featuring marbles, glass and nails. This proved hazardous when moving the set into Winding Snakes new office. The mosaic work was done primarily by Stephanie Roberts, who is a visual storyteller, and the outcome was a beautiful landscape made vivid and animated by the raw materials.

 

The painstakingly detailed constructed books would not look out of place in a regal dolls house. There is also a tapestry of a bookshelf featuring the titles of many famous books, both recent and classic. Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl” fits snuggly on the makeshift bookshelf along with “The Old Man and the Sea”. Famed South Wales storyteller Daniel Morden, and the widely renowned poet Mab Jones helped in the pre-production stages of “Learning to Fly”.

 

One of the key factors in developing this film was the school report “Arts in Education in the Schools of Wales” by Professor Dai Smith and the response to this by the Welsh Government. This report by Professor Dai Smith outlined that more needed to come through arts based subjects in concerns to the development of children.

 

Researcher Louise Bowen, Animation specialist Lauren Orme and Producer Amy Morris from Winding Snake all worked together to produce “Learning to Fly” which is being sent off to film festivals as we speak. Its success and the positive effect it had on the development of the children in the two schools would not have been possible without the funding Winding Snake received, primarily through Arts Council of Wales.

 

Learn animation skills and techniques from our award-winning team

 

We’re excited to announce that, based on the success of our Adult Animation course this year, we will be running no fewer than four courses in 2015.

 

The courses are open to anybody looking to develop their animation skills, learn technique from our team of experienced professional animators and get a glimpse inside the animation industry. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history of animation and then work on your own project with the one-on-one help of the Winding Snake team.

 

There is also a chance for you to gain an official accreditation for your work during the course. You’ll learn loads of additional skills along the way, too and it’s an exciting way to meet new people who share your love of art and creativity; working in a group can be a great way to share tips and bounce ideas around. You’ll also have a chance to work with the professional kit, tools and technology in our cosy studio to create something beautiful and memorable

 

For more information you can see when the courses will run, book your place and check out the work of last year’s participants here.

 

There is always plenty of tea and cake and a relaxed, fun atmosphere to work in.

 

To find out more about Winding Snake and the work that we do come and visit us on Twitter @winding_snake and Facebook

 

Please contact amy@windingsnake.com with any questions or to book onto a course.

 

Join us on the 10th of October 2014 as Winding Snake Productions tell the story of one of Wales’ most incredible women.

 

Lady Rhondda of Llanwern was one of the most influential women of her time. Not contented with the day to day tasks traditionally ascribed to women, she struggled with misogyny and masculine bureaucracy to forge her way in business, writing and politics, blazing a trail for women the world over.

 

Her efforts extended into the fierce battle for women’s suffrage and political independence, in which she took a key role;  helping establish Newport as a strong player in the suffrage movement with her incendiary, determined and unique tactics.

 

Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Winding Snake have been work with young people from Caerphilly and Newport to uncover the story of this remarkable woman and to retell it for future generations in the form of a creative and informative animation.

 

By visiting parliament, researching historical artefacts, and speaking to local politicians, young people from Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd and Lewis Girls school have developed an informed and creative response to the women’s liberation movement and to Lady Rhondda’s part in it.  Working with local musicians and writers they have composed suffrage verse, designed suffrage banners and developed a detailed understanding the differences in the lives of women 100 years ago, which they present in this beautiful and informative short film.

 

Many of the children were astounded at the ways in which women were expected to live and how they were overshadowed and dismissed by their male counterparts; from matters of dress to involvement in the decision-making process that governed their lives and those of their  families. This project has not only allowed young people in Wales to examine the shift  in gender perception throughout history, but to re-evaluate the role of women in contemporary culture. They have been able to express their thoughts, feelings and learnings creatively and constructively.

 

We invite you to join us at University of South Wales, Caerleon Campus for the premier of this astonishing work; to learn something new about your local history and to be inspired by the work of these young people: A Bird in a Cage.

 

Bi-lingual educational resources are available through the project website: www.abirdinacage.org, where you can also find videos, news stories, photographs and blog posts from influential women across the UK. You can also join the discussion on feminism, women’s rights, history and politics on Twitter @ThisWasMyWorld.

 

To book a place at the premiere please email hello@windingsnake.com

Learn to animate this autumn at Chapter Arts with Winding Snake’s award-winning animation team

 

What is the course?

The Beginners Animation Course teaches everything you need to know to get started in animation. It’s a hands-on experience where you can learn essential animation techniques; from drawing, cut-out and stop-motion skills to painting on glass and sand. You’ll work with our team of professional animators to understand the technology and the technique that lets your imagination light up the screen.

 

Who is it for?

If you’ve always wondered about how animation works but never had a chance to learn then this course is for you. It’s an adults-only environment and you won’t need any special skills or experience to get stuck in. We’ll start with the basics and work from there. It’s a no-pressure experience and you can take everything at your own pace.

 

You can choose to gain an animation accreditation as part of the course, if you’d like to.

 

How long is the course?

It’s a six week course that runs over Sunday afternoons/early evenings, so you won’t have any work clashes to worry about.  All materials, equipment and software will be provided and there will be plenty of tea and cake to keep the creative juices flowing!

 

Where is the course running?

It will take place at Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff

 

How can I get involved?

You can book in advance; just contact amy@windingsnake for more details. The course is £250 per person and we’ll be taking advance bookings from the 1st of September. There are only six places, so make sure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

 

You can also follow us on Twitter @winding_snake to find out the latest news and stories from our animation team.

 

Course dates:

Sunday October 5th 4pm - 7pm.

Sunday October 12th 4pm - 7pm.

Sunday October 19th 4pm - 7pm.

Sunday October 26th BREAK

Sunday November 2nd 4pm - 7pm

Sunday November 9th 4pm - 7pm.

Saturday November 15th 10am - 4pm

Sunday November 16th 4pm - 7pm.