Homefront Stories is Norfolk Library and Information Services’ contribution to the SCL Digital War Memorial Project. Working with two groups of young people, one group based in Norwich and the other in Great Yarmouth, ‘Homefront Stories’ tells two unique digital stories of life in two very different Norfolk communities during the First World War.
To view both of the films, click on this link: Homefront Stories
The group of 12 young people in Great Yarmouth worked with film maker, Matthew Harrison using stop motion animation. They came up with the ingenious idea of narrating their story from the perspective of the Britannia statue, which stands atop the Nelson Monument, and has watched over Great Yarmouth since 1819. The group produced every aspect of their animated film, including sound effects and music. ‘Great Yarmouth Strikes Back’ is a highly informative film but still manages to be extremely entertaining through the group’s playful and imaginative use of animation.
The group of 9 young people in Norwich worked with film maker Peter Harmer, using a mixture of documentary style narration to camera and acting. Their film was called ‘Letters From A Family’ and told the story of how WW1 touched the lives of one family through their letters to an absent son, gone off to war. The acting in the film is very moving, you will need a box of hankies at hand for this one!
Well done to all the young people who took part and to those who achieved their Bronze Arts Award!