Join Us to Celebrate 3 years of Signal Starters

Join Us to Celebrate 3 years of Signal Starters


We’ve just celebrated 3 years of the success of our Signal Starters school holidays project on the 1st March 2017. We invited all past participants, plus the whole community to watch the films made.

There was a special red carpet, balloons and snacks, plus a visit from BBC Children in Need as well as the Mayoress of Barrow!

After the celebration screening the audience were invited to stay for the feature film Swallows and Amazons along with a special guest speaker who worked within the art department on the Swallows and Amazons set.

Short films made by participants on Signal Starters mini projects

SIGNAL STARTERS is a film and media project kindly supported by BBC Children in Need. It aims to direct youngsters aged 8-11, in the Barrow-in-Furness area, towards developing their digital media skills including camera, sound, photography, editing and animation.

If you have a young person who is interested in doing something fun and creative then get in touch with Steph on 01229 838592 / logo-childrenInNeed


The Lost Roar

A group of 10 young people working with filmmaker Karen Bird on an animation project that looked into identity. The project encouraged them to explore story by learning about protagonists and antagonists and they got the chance to all make characters out of plasticine. They worked on an impressively large circus set. They began to understand all the different size shots as well as lighting and animation equipment. Finally creating a film about a lion who lost his roar who eventually proved to the other circus animals who he really was.


Welcome to Barrow: June 2016

We devised a vlogging workshop to offer young people the opportunity to present their own film in a youtube vlog style using greenscreen and filmmaking equipment. They shot their own footage in and around Barrow town.


The Box of Dreams: February 2016

Working with a group towards a short film with industry professional and director of Doctors Sam Harrie. The group who got the chance to create their own short film in a week. During this project the young people wanted to help their audience understand the meaning of selflessness by portraying characters learning a valuable lesson in how not to be selfish.


The Lost Story: August 2015

The Lost Story: working with a group towards a short film production with industry professional and director of tv show Doctors, Sam Harrie. Sam worked with the group alongside a number of Signal staff towards making a short film. They came up with a story that aimed to motivate other children to read more books.


Film in a Week: Big and Small 

Summer 2014 was a busy one. For a whole week in July we mentored 13 youngsters aged 8-11 in making their own short film. The group were introduced to filmmaking equipment including sound, microphones, booms and a professional camera. The workshop was led by a London based Director Samantha Harrie, who offered the participants the opportunity to understand the roles and teamwork needed for filmmaking. The kids also worked towards gaining their Explore Arts Award.

John Woodcock Furness Summer Camp 

We teamed up with John Woodcock’s Furness Summer Camp to lead on two days of exciting digital workshops. The 3-week camp was held at Furness College in Barrow-in-Furness. Three stations including Film, Photography and Animation were set up and we mentored 50, 9-10 year old kids in some basic digital media skills.

Slapstick Comedy Workshop – Victoria Juniors School July 2014

Signal delivered a short workshop  on the theme of slapstick comedy to a group of 12 year 4 pupils from Victoria Juniors. The children were introduced to Laurel and Hardy films, and were asked to think of a funny story that they could create in this style. They finally filmed it using Signal’s own camera equipment. The workshop aimed to teach the participants camera angles, story development and the roles required in film making.


The Shapeshifter’s Shadow 

Signal programmed a series of mini taster workshops during Whit Week 2014; with help from outside film and media professionals we tutored a select number of primary school children in Barrow-in-Furness in animation and story writing. The participants worked towards creating a short shadow puppet animation within these 3 days and ended with a live screening to family and friends along with a short Q&A. This opportunity also offered the involved youngsters the chance to gain their Explore Arts Award.