Hillfort - The Lost World of Ely

5 out of 5 stars

Animation , Documentary , Films by under 12s

  • Production organisation Cinetig
  • Date completed 20 December 2004
  • Location Cardiff
  • Region Wales

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First Light Movies Awards 2006 Nominated for Best Documentary

This touching documentary was made by pupils from Trelai primary school using live action and animation. It explores the colourful history of the ancient fort in Ely, an area of Cardiff thought to be the oldest settlement in Wales. The area survived many changes from its beginnings as an Iron Age hillfort, through the Roman invasion, a Norman church was built and then was finally used as farmland to feed the growing population of Cardiff.
Length 6’ 30”
Aged 9-10

Comments on Hillfort - The Lost World of Ely

  1. I feel that I have been truly educated in not only the ancient history of Ely, but also its present day context. I am now privileged to something (almost intimate to your community) which I never knew. I can relate to it all, and this is the objective with your documentary which has succeeded so well. Your animations are good and are used appropriately (they add value to the message). I like the camera angles employed and good use of tracking. There is a lovely interlacing of ancient with modern which does not confuse or disturb, but which reinforces your message. I really enjoyed watching your film. This is a very well planned project with a very good overall result. Everyone should give each other a big pat on the back.
    Helpful tips for future productions: Don’t allow yourselves to accept any level of second best in respect of technical quality of a shot. If it looks at all ‘wobbly’ (and I don’t mean the views from the hill fort in ancient times – that effect was great) or not as perfect as it should be, then always re-shoot it.

    Nigel Cousins

    Nigel Cousins

  2. It's a very interesting film,the combination of real scenes and 3D ones is very well done .good luck.

    Montasir Mohammed

  3. Iron Age Hillfort, The Lost World of Ely - First? Light
    what a nice film well done you young film makers

    welsh1962

  4. very good.coming from ely? it made me feel proud of my roots.

    harries120

  5. Really great loved the model.

    Niall Sharples

  6. I loved? that and I go to trelai primary too

    shayla baldwin

  7. Nice one. I remember the Church, I was born in Ely, in the front room!? Dr. Meredith and Dr. Cocoran was there.

    wingstedtlinnea

  8. Ely is not the biggest council estate in europe atall.. Beacontree in Essex is the biggest & then its Wythenshawe in South? Manchester..google it & see lol

    Sam Firth

  9. Ely is not the biggest council estate in europe atall.. Beacontree in Essex is the biggest & then its Wythenshawe in South? Manchester..google it & see lol

    Sam Firth

  10. This is a wonderful presentation of a 'lost' part of Welsh history. As a? kid growing up in Ely in the 1950's/60's we played endless games around the remains. Now I live in New Zealand I feel an immense sense of pride in sharing this piece of Ely history

    grahamlarsen

  11. This is a wonderful presentation of a 'lost' part of Welsh history. As a? kid growing up in Ely in the 1950's/60's we played endless games around the remains. Now I live in New Zealand I feel an immense sense of pride in sharing this piece of Ely history

    grahamlarsen

  12. The best thing to come from Ely was the road to the international Airport
    .Over and Out.

    mike cantsay

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