A TEACHER at a North Yorkshire secondary school whose charity music video garnered more than 250,000 hits online has turned director for his latest project.
Tadcaster Grammar School English teacher Adam Dawson attracted national media attention last year with Tad Gram Style, a parody of worldwide sensation Gangnam Style and raised £5,000 for Children In Need.
He has returned to literature for his latest venture and production is well under way for a 20-minute feature film entitled Superman And Paula Brown’s New Snowsuit, adapted from a short story by American author and poet Sylvia Plath.
It is one of a number of short stories being studied by Year 9 students at Tadcaster Grammar, who are ultimately responsible for the film’s production under the direction of Mr Dawson.
Mr Dawson said: “The film is looking incredible so far and I am not just saying that, with students operating lighting, equipment, cameras and sound by themselves.
“Academically the film is about promoting English by raising the profile of interesting literature, improving problem-solving skills in a real context, working as a team and also giving the students a chance to gain a level for speaking and listening.
“I am going to hold an awards ceremony and a screening of the film for parents when it is complete, produce a DVD, as well as a documentary made by the students about the making of the film and hopefully publish it online for other schools to access. Who knows? We may even enter it into a national film competition.”
Mr Dawson, who is also a musician in his own right, will also be appearing as a guest artist at Copmanthorpe Carnival on July 6 presenting a selection of his own material and he says Tad Gram Style will be on the list.