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Paul Reeve, CEO  Into FIlm
Paul Reeve, CEO  Into FIlm
Louise Barnell, Programmes Manager
Jean Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Education

Sophie has led numerous practical animation sessions for Into Film, with children as young as six through to young people in their late teens.  She has also led training sessions for teachers to equip them with skills and confidence to use participatory animation in their classrooms or film clubs.  Evaluation from Sophie’s workshops is always positive, with participants commenting on how enjoyable and accessible her approach is, and how they’d developed new skills that they felt enthused to use in the future.

Lucy and Sophie designed and delivered a brilliantly thoughtful and impactful weekend of documentary making for our young creatives. The group gained a holistic insight into documentary film theory, equipment and shooting, and created their own documentary over just three days!. The group thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and 80% said that they had built their confidence and knowledge of documentary making.

Baz Chapman, Arts Ambassador Network Coordinator, Arts Connect
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Sophie worked with 6 ‘Arts Ambassador’ primary schools from the University of Wolverhampton Multi-Academy Trust in 2018/19 on a programme to enrich the curriculum through animation. Spending just a few days with each school, Sophie was able to help them create high-quality animations under the theme ‘Impossible Dreams’, which were shown at a hugely successful VIP screening in a local cinema. We were very impressed by Sophie’s professionalism, efficiency and communicativeness, and by the quality of work she was able to deliver in a relatively short programme. We, and the schools, would have no hesitation in recommending Animating Education for this type of work.


Matt Lane, CEO, Eastside Educational Trust

Sophie is an expert animation facilitator.  She is hard working, professional, great with people, highly skilled and a pleasure to work with.  All of us at Eastside highly value her work.  

Mr Cameron, Media Teacher

The sessions delivered were outstanding. Sophie was very clear and concise which helped the students and I to really understand how stop frame animation works. In particular, I really enjoyed creating the wire armatures/puppets. The young people who took part really enjoyed the animation project and were excited about every session. The students developed a range of life long skills such as teamwork, communication, patience, and creativity all which can be transferred to their academia.

Here on the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching course at the University of Northampton we have enjoyed a number of sessions lead by Sophie. She has introduced us to resources to support using film and animation in learning as well as teaching the students to make their own animated films. The sessions are always inspiring and have given students the opportunity to learn to use stop motion and film editing to make a range of different types of animated film. They have returned to their schools able to teach this to their pupils and share their knowledge with staff.

Allison King, Consultant, EES for Schools

Sophie is very knowledgeable and inspired our students to produce some fantastic book trailers for our Essex Book Awards.

Mrs Mobbs, Year 5 Class Teacher 

Sculpting, writing, problem solving and technology skills were all incorporated throughout the three-day workshop, which offered a unique opportunity for our Year 5 children. The children were excited, engaged and enthusiastic about the project. Sophie, the workshop facilitator, was patient, clear and engaging. The children thoroughly enjoyed their time with her! 

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