Escapee (Escape Studios Alumni), Roy Pecker, brings to life the GOSHxSuperhope project in partnership with not-for-profit initiative Superhope, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Escape Studios and a number of partners from across the UK’s creative industries.
The Superhope journey at GOSH started in May 2018, with one central question: ‘if you were a superhero, how would you imagine yourself?’.
Best-selling London comic book artist, Amrit Birdi, then visited the hospital to capture these answers and sketch out each child’s imagination onto a page. These sketches, unbeknown to the children, were transformed into real-life costumes by children’s costume studio, Atelier Spatz. As soon as the costumes were ready, Superhope and GOSH surprised the children with their bespoke costumes, as well as a professional photo and video shoot.
Escape Studios is proud to have been involved with the GOSHxSuperhope project, which also included a number of industry partners, notably, Cinesite, Nvisible, The Foundry, Otoy, Creation Effects, Panalux and Pendulum Pictures. Led by Escapee Roy Pecker, Escape Studios staff and students provided support and worked on the VFX shots for the short film, showcasing the superheroes and their powers.
Once the video shoot was complete, Roy and a host of Escape Studios students set to work creating the world and effects. A number of other Escapees were involved in the project too, including:
- Jonas Grebler
- Roberto Valent
- Virag Pazmany
- Matthew Wight
- Hywin Frances
- Klaudija Cermak
- Demetris Aparicio
- Danial Thompson
- Zsofia Lele
Escape Studios staff who also helped out on the project included:
- Allar Kaasik, Tutor
- Sofia Caldeira, Aftercare Coordinator
- Russell Honeywell, Videographer
The film was launched at GOSH on 1st October 2018 and screened across cinemas in Dubai, UAE and Kuwait.
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About the GOSHxSuperhope league
United by hope and fuelled by their passion to help others, AJ-Force, DarkGadget, SaMagic, ButterFly, Flowergirl and ReFroze have teamed up to form the mighty GOSHxSuperhope league; marking a new era for the world of superheroes. With AJ-Force’s tremendous energy, ButterFly’s ability to soar the skies, DarkGadget’s indestructible shield technology, Flowergirl’s awesome flower power, SaMagic’s amazing wizardry and ReFroze’s cool ice magic; together, they form the most incredible force for good our planet has ever known.
Superhope aims to have a positive impact on the journey of GOSH families from the Middle East by transforming children into superheroes and showing them first-hand the real power of imagination. At #GOSH, we strive to create a fun and caring environment where children can bring to life their inner superhero. To find out more visit: www.gosh.com.kw/superhope #GOSHXSuperhope
About Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
Founded in 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. With more than 252,000 outpatient and 43,000 inpatient visits every year, the hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. As an international centre of excellence in child healthcare, our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.
The International and Private Patients Service at GOSH treats over 5,000 children from 80 different countries each year. The service is tailored to the referral and treatment of international patients and our dedicated, multi-lingual team ensure a nurturing and family-centred patient experience.