My name is Laura, I am a registered mental health nurse and a qualified health visitor - and in my spare time I create novel and exciting short films to empower people with knowledge about public health issues... exciting, I know!
I work with a group of animators, set creators, voiceover experts and a crocheting extraordinaire!
As a team, we create novel and interesting short films using everyday inanimate objects as metaphors in creative and memorable ways, for example using food items as characters starring a film empowering the audience (particularly children) about food choices.
I am looking for support to bring our film concept 'The General Health Games' to life. 'The General Health Games' is a light-hearted introduction to the benefits of healthier snacks comparing the negative & positive attributes of each food group following consumption.’
The General Health Games is a character driven stop motion film, using lovable food characters in a stadium setting. The characters are warming up for the race of their lives as the commentator introduces them and their food type attributes. The gun fires and the characters take off in the only way they know how, with some hard hitting but funny results.
There are six key characters in The General Health Games, each representing the food type they physically are:
Stuart ‘The Banana’ Peel has food properties of a banana. A banana is a low glycaemic index food, releasing glucose gradually – and therefore Stuart maybe a ‘slow starter’ but he will have the energy to continue to run for a longer period.
Delia Sweet is a donut and has all the energy of two puppies on skittles, it won’t last - Just like her refined sugar content- the energy goes as quickly as it came.
Peter Hutch, the pizza slice is on a par with Delia- he looks good but he has little stamina.
Craig Carrington is a carrot, fine and healthy Craig is prepared for the race of his life and looking at the rest of the line-up he thinks he is in with a good chance of a medal.
Verity Chewie, a cereal bar, has had a changeable season, often starting faster than you’d think, finishing, however, has been questionable.
- and last but no means least… Patty Bun, a burger with stamina
The General Health Games is a huge athletic event for many different food types to show off their individual attributes. The event, likened to ‘The Common Wealth Games’ or ‘The Olympics’ enables the audience to clearly see both the positive and negative attributes of each food group/competitor in relation to the impact sustained following consumption. The audience is compelled to look on in ore, or sometimes horror at the actual nutritional value of each competitor.
The food group characters bring a non-judgemental approach to engage the audience about food intake/diet, empowering them to make informed choices about the food they eat.
The crocheted characters remove the stigma normally associated with healthy or unhealthy body shapes. All 6 characters are loveable and memorable - provoking the audience to think of the outcome of ‘The General Health Games’ when they see that food group in everyday life.
We first meet all the characters as they are limbering up in a stadium with the crowd going wild for the final sprint race. It is the commentator that introduces us to each character, giving us their credentials in relation to the effect on the human body once consumed - This laced with engaging light humour keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, right up until the photo finish and comical drama that unfolds behind the winners.
If you would like to know more about the 'The General Health Games' drama as it unfolds please support our campaign and we will keep you updated every step of the glorious way!
Many thanks for taking time to read our story and we hope you join us on our memorable and motivational mission to tackle childhood obesity,
Laura, Craig, Delia, Patty, Stuart, Verity and the animation team.