Original format: 16mm direct animation
Year of release: 2011
Running time: 3 minutes
Credits: a collaboration between Kayla Parker and students from the After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Plymouth
Production: Sundog Media
Screening format: DVD
Commissioned by Plymouth University
Distribution and sales: Sundog Media, and Penny Eastel, Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Plymouth

Animated film poem inspired by the 18th century Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe, which once warned ships of the treacherous Eddystone rocks. The dream-like imagery was drawn directly onto 16mm celluloid. The sound design captures the lighthouse’s memories.

Lighthouse from Sundog Media on Vimeo.

Winner of the Young Motion Plymouth Award 2012; nominated for the KIds for Kids UK Animation Award 2012; and winner of The Young Ones Award (Commended, Under 18s), Animated Exeter Festival 2012.

A first animation by the students at the Media Club: Jacob Blood / Kayleigh Butler / Matthew Currie / Shannon Dale / Alex Gilbert / Connor Gilbert / Megan Graham / Abi Jeffery / Ryan Kemp / Vicky Smith / Grant Stevens / Josh Turner

The After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College is run one day a week by teachers Penny Eastel and Glyn Felton, and provides opportunities for students aged 14 and 15 years to develop their film-making skills.

Support in kind was generously provided by Faculty of Arts Widening Participation, Media Arts, MA Contemporary Film Practice, and Peninsula Arts, with Plymouth University; Plymouth Arts Centre, and Sundog Media.

Project description
The film started with a site visit to Plymouth Hoe, where the lighthouse now stands, and Plymouth Arts Centre's cinema and projection booth. Next, artist Kayla Parker ran a couple of workshops where the Sir John Hunt students learned to draw their images onto 16mm film and edit the sequences using a 16mm Steenbeck film editing machine; this was followed by a post-production session for the sound design and credits.

Two Plymouth University Media Arts students, Franziska Huether and Kinga Szega, were project mentors, and a third student, Jim Elton, documented the Lighthouse project activities on video. Post-production is by Stuart Moore of Sundog Media.
Presented on the Ocean City Festival Screen as the short before the feature by Plymouth Arts Centre and Dartington Barn Cinema; free outdoor screenings during the evening at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth; Teign Spirit also shown (19, 20 and 22 September 2013)

Winner of the 2012 Young Motion Plymouth Award, presented at the gala screening ceremony, hosted by Theatre Royal Plymouth (November 2012)

Shortlisted for the annual Kids for Kids UK 2012 Film Competition in the 13-19 years Animation Category, and screened during October 2012 in secondary schools across County Durham, along with the other shortlisted films, with the aim of inspiring hundreds of young people to get creative with media technologies.

East End Film Festival's CineEast day at the Kobi Nazrul Centre in London on Sunday 1 July 2012. Lighthouse is included in the Whirlykids programme, a selection of animations and films aimed at children aged 3 to 9 years.

Animated Exeter Festival in Schools Week 6 to 10 February 2012, Exeter Vue; 18 February 2012 Exeter Phoenix, and 19 February 2012 Exeter Picturehouse. Winner of The Young Ones Award (Commended, Under 18s)

Premiere: Saturday 5 November 2011 at the Unravel 16mm animation day presented by Peninsula Arts; Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

Lighthouse Documentation from Sundog Media on Vimeo.

Lighthouse Slide Show from Sundog Media on Vimeo.