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31 March 2020

Our Year 8 artists have been bringing their ideas for a horror film to life, from the comfort of their own homes!

Until the UK Government closed schools to combat COVID-19, our Year 8 art classes saw pupils working as concept artists or designers. Those employed in this creative field have to visualise and create the ideas that modelers, animators and special effect teams then realise for video games, animated films and so on.

For our Year 8 pupils – or concept artists – their brief was to design props for a new film in which everyday objects come to life and became some of our most common fears. Pupils were all set to create their work in 3D but this became impossible once Westminster City School closed. Instead our Subject Leader Art, Ms Chance, asked pupils to construct a short imaginative story about what would happen, in their proposed film, with the objects they had chosen.

Ms Chance explains: “There was lots of brilliant entries but the two, below, really stood out to me. I found the structure in the piece by James to be really interesting and poetic, while Joel has obviously read widely and used this well in his own work.”

Well done to all our Year 8 concept artists and we hope you enjoy reading the two highlighted pieces, below. Don’t have nightmares!


BLACK by James in 8P

Black…

Pitch Black…

The sky, the cage of darkness over my head as I draw nearer to the seemingly lifeless shack. 

Skeletal wood leaning towards me. 

The stone-cold pathway helping my oh so numb feet. 

Closer…

Closer I go…

The lifeless shack appearing to become bigger. As I stare at the door shaking. The door handle rusty with the in print of a hand.

Black…

Pitch Black…

Was the room. The only thing seemingly alive was a small lamp on the table with a Black flame. It stared me in the face, egging me on to do something. The small flame started to grow bigger…from a small fickle flame to an inferno of darkness. My futile cry for help was useless in the face of my inevitable demise and then

Black…

Pitch Black…

BLACK


by Joel in 8K
London 2040. Lucas Frankenstein walked down the streets of Norwood after travelling from Geneva in Switzerland. His azure, silk scarf flew in the air as the wind threw a gentle breeze onto his body. Soon, Lucas stopped. He looked up to see a sign saying, ‘The Old Victoria Warehouse’. He went inside and shut the door behind him before more gusts of air could escape inside into the building. Lucas looked to the back of the room to see a big object covered by a dirty, light brown blanket. Lucas pulled the blanket off the top of the object and stood there with a smile on his face, amazed. To an outsider, his smile might have looked as though he had lost his sanity and left a part of himself back in Geneva…

Under the blanket were two big tubes. Inches taller than Lucas and very wide. To the right of the tubes was a control panel filled with shining multi-coloured buttons enticing Lucas to press all of them. Lucas then looked to the left to see a rectangular desk standing there, still as a statue. On it gleamed the keys to the building and he stuffed them in his pocket. The keys rattled, screaming to be released. Lucas left the warehouse and locking the door, he continued down the streets until he found an open garden. He walked in observing the green scenery of shining plants and vibrant flowers. He also knew that wasn’t what he was looking for. He saw a hedgehog habitat. When no-one was looking, he found and snatched up a hedgehog and ran back to the warehouse. Lucas placed the animal in one tube and placed one of his shoes in the other tube. With the insane smile in his face, Lucas turned on the machine and pressed the big red button, the animal and the shoe were merged. Lucas picked up his creation from the tube with his smile so long the ends of his mouth could meet at the back of his head.

The creation was hideously terrifying. It had a shoe for a body and eyes at the toes of the shoe. Little grimy legs and feet were on the sides of the shoe and a tail came out of the heel. 

While doing more research on the creature, Lucas realised he had left the tube open and the creature had escaped. Shrill screams came from people outside and you could see humans running down the road like horrified chickens. A minute later, the creature strolled down the street with no care in the world unaware of the chaos going on around him. While the creature (Lucas called Frankenstein’s Beast) ran down the streets carrying chaos, rage, fear and anger on its shoulders, Lucas laughed hysterically as if he took pleasure in seeing other people in pain. He walked in the opposite direction from the creature and while fearful people crashed and pushed past Lucas, he sat down outside a patisserie and ate a cake, while outside the doorstep his creature terrorized South London. As he chewed, Ava Holmes and her best friend, Josephine Watson walked past the patisserie. 

Lucas’s smile of insanity suddenly changed into a grimace of desire for revenge…                                            

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