Museum inspires animator

Stop-gap animation by Claire Lamond, pic of set.
Stop-gap animation by Claire Lamond, pic of set.

A FILM-MAKER currently putting together an animation short about the National Mining Museum has been nominated for a Scottish BAFTA award.

Claire Lamond, originally from West Lothian, was commissioned by the Newtongrange museum to create an ‘animated response to the mining museum’, with funding from Creative Scotland and Museums Scotland. The Edinburgh College of Art graduate began the work in July and will show her piece alongside an exhibition in December at the museum.

Claire explained more about the as-yet-untitled film about the Midlothian tourist attraction.

She said: “This is my first professional film and it’s been an absolute joy. It’s such an inspiring place. If you are into that sort of industrial history, it’s great.

“For me the most amazing thing was meeting the ex-miners – they all had fascinating stories to tell.

“I’m focusing on their early memories of going underground and their experiences. The closures and the strike in 1985 too.

“The mining museum has a really great atmosphere. I was up there a lot at the beginning of this process to learn so much.

“There was tons of stuff I didn’t know, and then I interviewed ex-miners and learnt so much more.

“It was through this that I got ideas for images. For example, folk said they couldn’t see each others’ faces down the pits unless they shone a light. Little things like that make it more credible.”

Claire is delighted with the Scottish BAFTA nomination for her film ‘All That Glisters’ in the Animation category, where she is up against her friends.

She said: “It’s great, a proper surprise. Really, really good. It’s quite exciting to be nominated.

“The two other nominees are the guys I share a studio with, which is nice for us.

“It was my first proper finished film and what I graduated for, so it was nice to be recognised for that.”

Read more on this story in the November 8 issue of the Midlothian Advertiser.