Helping you get through tough times

Inspire a Generation

Last year we held a national film competition – Inspire A Generation. We were delighted with the standard of the entries, not only the production values but the creative way that the entries got across’s message about getting through tough times.

Awards night

First runner up

Young film maker Dara McLoughlin came runner up in the 2011 Inspire A Generation film competition.  He tells about what inspired him to make the film. The challenges he faced and what he most enjoyed about the process.

Whats your film about?

My film is about mental health awareness, highlighting a few of the possible areas in which an issue can contribute towards a mental health problem. Observing that, by reacting and dealing with these issues in a positive manner is what defines what having good mental health is.

What inspired you to make this film?

The inspiration of the film came from reading various material promoting mental health awareness and from this a sentence was formed that created the core concept of my film. ‘Good mental health is not about having no mental health problems, but it is how we react and cope with difficult situations while maintaining a positive outlook on life.’ 
From this I felt I could make a film in a way that could target everyone and openly discuss mental health issues in a positive and friendly manner.

Were there any challenges in making this film?

What I found challenging about the process was keeping a balance of seriousness and humor between the narration of the film against the animation in the film. Meaning that I could keep it entertaining while maintaining the importance of the message within the piece.

What did you enjoy most about the process?

What I enjoyed most was the concept stage. Writing the story and designing the visuals, and coming up with the process into how the two parts would connect and interact with one another.

Second runner up

Stephen Power’s film “Unfold” came runner up in the 2011 Inspire A Generation film awards.  Stephen talks to us about what inspired him to make the film. The challenges he faced and what he enjoyed most about making the film.

What is your film about?

We accompany a character who represents the hero we can all become. He initially struggles with low self esteem, but throughout his journey learns how to conquer these feelings. The message is that your life is yours to unfold.

What inspired you to make this film?

Self Esteem is suffered by everyone at some stage in their lives. I just felt it was a subject that was not discussed regularly enough. I believe anyone can achieve whatever they want to achieve and low self esteem can prevent that from happening. We live in a highly competitive world and sometimes I think that other stronger issues that are more directed towards a smaller audience can overshadow issues like self esteem.

What were some of the challenges?

The biggest challenge was creating the characters world and choosing a style for animation. Since the message of the film is, ‘Your life is yours to Unfold’, I decided to hand make everything with paper and then scan it into a computer for animating

What did you enjoy about the process?

Although this was challenging, I really enjoyed the process of creating something from scratch, and seeing it move through the various stages to completion.


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