Somerset-based charity Stand Against Violence (SAV) is launching a new educational 3D film that is the first of its kind to appear nationally. The interactive film is designed to further advance the work the charity undertakes in schools to educate students about the consequences of violence.
Adam Fouracre, CEO and Founder of SAV explained: “It is the first time the UK has seen 3D and interactivity combined on this scale in the classroom. Building on the success of our existing documentary we currently use we have gone one step further to produce a new short film with multiple outcomes that are dependent on the interactive element of the resource.
“Support from IT specialists SwiftTech meant we were able to develop bespoke software to allow interactive voting. Basically we have pushed the boundaries of current 3D usage in the classroom and combined it with interactive voting which has never been done before.”
Participants, using 3D glasses and a hand console unit are immediately transported to an on-screen situation where they take on the role of the main protagonist, Matt, a young adult on a night out with his mates. A series of interactive choices result in a range of sobering outcomes varying from death, brain damage, ending up in court, to someone simply regretting a drunken night out.
The charity was set up in 2005 following the tragic murder of Adam’s brother Lloyd Fouracre in an unprovoked violent street attack in Taunton. Working with schools and youth offenders, SAV delivers workshops, discussion forums and assemblies that are based around a DVD reconstruction of Lloyd’s attack.
Adam stated: “By using a real life violent situation and empathy-inducing materials, the message is more effective because students become emotionally engaged. We wanted to build on that success and take it to the next level. So from passively watching and talking about events, students become totally immersed in a live situation where they have to make the decisions and experience the consequences for themselves.”
Carly Anderson, a PSHE qualified teacher who works with the charity, stated: “The majority of students are not aware how easy it is, to end up in risky situations nor do they always understand the long term effect in respect of being a victim or the potential consequences of ending up in prison. It is a case of that will never happen to me. We believe the first person interactive nature of this film will serve to reinforce the consequences and help to reduce unnecessary events like Lloyd’s death occurring.”
The film will make its debut in front of a 200 strong audience of educational professionals including head teachers in the charity’s home town of Taunton on Wednesday 25 September at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre from 4pm to 6pm.