Don’t just watch animated movies. Make them!


What are One-day Animation Challenges?

  • Creating a short stop motion animation film together.
  • There will be a maximum of 10 young people participating in each animation challenge.
  • Everyone can try out different roles.
  • We want to make stories which use the history of Stirchley Baths which can be used in the education programme in the future.
  • The challenges take part at Stirchley Baths.
  • We play lots of games at the beginning to help us work together as a team.

How much does it cost?

  • A very reasonable £10 per participant for the full day workshop (9.30am-5pm). (This includes the film screening celebration event).
  • The project is heavily subsidised by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Heritage Activity Programme.

Who can take part?

  • We have two age groups for our October Half Term Film School: ages 6-10 and age 11-15.
  • The Film School is targeted primarily at young people local to Stirchley Baths and in the Selly Oak District.
  • The film challenges are open to all abilities. You may be a budding filmmaker or want to have a go at something completely new. There will be an emphasis on team working.

What do I do to book a place?

  1. Ring or text Suzanne 07793 075737 or email to check there are spaces available.
  2. If places are available, please download the Registration & Booking Form, which includes some Rules of Engagement. You can also pick up these in person at Stirchley Baths (reception). registration-booking-form_under-16s_inc-rules-of-engagement-october16
  3. Get the completed form back to Suzanne as soon as possible to confirm your place. You can bring your £10 participant’s fee on the day if you are sending the form back electronically. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

Who is running the workshops?

  • Scott Johnson is a filmmaker, visual artist and musician with over 15 years’ experience in both the UK film and music industries. He has also been facilitating filmmaking with young people for the past 8 years. Scott works across a number of media creating short films, music videos, multi-media installations and music. He has been commissioned internationally, including by Ikon Gallery, BBC Television, Flatpack Festival, Sonar, Edinburgh Film Festival, Domino Records, Capsule and Experimenta Festival. Check out Scott’s work here:
  • Suzanne Carter is the Community Heritage Coordinator at Stirchley Baths and will be there to support the workshops. She knows a fair bit about the history of the place, so you can ask her questions! She has also done a lot of work with schools and young people in the past. if you want to find out more about Suzanne please see her

What do I need to bring to the animation challenge?

  • A packed lunch.
  • Ideas, creativity, enthusiasm, and a willingness to work as part of a team.

What does Stirchley Baths provide?

  • All filmmaking equipment.
  • Tuition with a professional filmmaker – Scott Johnson (DBS checked).
  • Support from Suzanne Carter who works at the Baths (DBS checked).
  • A safe room to leave your belongings.
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • An incredible venue and a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills.
  • Popcorn and drinks at the Film Screening event for you, your friends and family at the end of the workshops on 28 October.

How do we celebrate all our achievements and watch the films we make?

  • On Friday 28 October, 7.30pm we will host an open event for friends, family and interested local supporters of the Baths. We’ll provide the popcorn and refreshments!
  • We’d like the young people to be involved in running and organising the event.
  • A certificate of attendance for the film challenges if you would like one and link to the film you have made.

Want to talk this through with someone?

Contact Suzanne Carter on 07793 075737 for a chat, or email

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