Hollywood comes to Carterton with Crocodiles taking a starring role

Six users of Oxfordshire County Council’s daytime support service in Carterton are set to see their work hit the silver screen on December 7 as they show why their home town is special to them.

The six people who took part have varying support needs, including Autism, communication difficulties, visual impairments, mobility issues and a wide range of learning disabilities.

Their film Premiere will take place Carterton Comm Centre , Shilton Park ,Carterton at 1pm with everyone dressed up and a red carpet to give the event a Hollywood feel.

Carterton Daytime Support is a Day Service for Adults with Learning Disabilities, based in the Community Centre, Carterton.

Whilst discussing Summer activities / projects the group decided they would like to make a movie.

The project - part funded by West Oxfordshire District Council’s Taking Part Initiative, was part of a “Media Mash up” film making course.

The choice of the service users in taking on the project was to make a documentary style short film about Carterton, and why Carterton is special as well as a short animated film based on a Crocodile Theme -due to the Croc Farm being local to the area on Burford Road in Brize Norton.

Tutor for the project was Clinton Osborne who had worked with the group in 2010 on another animation project.

Much of the work was undertaken on Wednesday afternoons, with the group out filming in the community, interviewing local people and getting people’s views on what was special about Carterton,

New skills learned included behind the camera work, interviewing work, using editing software ,lighting, building confidence, self-esteem and working together as a team.

At the same event as the screening on December , Councillor Jeanette Barker will hand out certificates and present awards to all who took part -mini engraved Oscar’s.

Everyone who was involved in the filming is invited and the films will be shown on the “big screen”. Nibbles and refreshments will be available and all of the people who took part will get a copy of the finished DVD to keep.

Councillor Judith Heathcoat, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is exactly the type of work the council loves to undertake with people who have learning difficulties. I am told those involved in the project loved every minute of it and the learning will have helped them a great deal. I am sure the film premiere will be a wonderful day for all involved.”