Hollywood Paralympic video glory for school

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A Paralympic animation produced in part by Mandeville School and used at the opening ceremony of London 2012 has won a Hollywood award.

As part of the project, 20 students from Year 7 to 13 at the secondary school produced the first minute of ‘Light Up the World’ in a collaboration with young people in 12 countries, eight Paralympians and two disabled musicians.

The school also composed the entire 10 minutes of music used for the animation seen globally by millions of people.

It was so successful it won the youth animation award at the Hollywood International Family Film Festival.

School director of music Brian Dipple said: “We’ve been getting feedback from all over the world. We told all the other schools and have had emails from Nepal, South Africa, from all over.

“It’s nice for the kids. The message got our clearly and it’s hopefully a lift for the school as well. We can be rightfully proud.”

The animation explored the key values of the Paralympics and created a journey for the torch, celebrating its birth at Stoke Mandeville Hospital before making the journey to London 2012 and being handed over to Brazil.

The video can be viewed on Youtube