Animation student heads to Aardman studios

Jon Lendrum

Staffordshire University animation student Jon Lendrum has been offered the dream career start with a four week work placement at Aardman Animation studios where he will get hands on experience on the new Wallace and Gromit short film.

Jon, from Hertfordshire, will be working with other assistant animators from Aardman at the Aztec West Studios in Bristol prepping the models for the key animators to then use in filming.

He was selected after sending a speculative letter and photograph of his university project to Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit whose assistant, after being greatly impressed, inviting Jon to send over more examples before offering him his placement which runs from June 2 to 27.

In an industry now predominantly CGI based Jon has managed to break into perhaps the largest remaining stop motion animation company and get a role on one of the country’s best known animated titles.

He said: “I did CGI in my first year at university and that was the last time I touched it. Model making’s where my passion really lies, and after university I think I’m going to go down the sculpting of characters path and build up my portfolio and see where it takes me.”

Jon added: “To produce anything like a model or anything in the film and to get a credit would be amazing. Before and during university I was always on about Aardman, and people said you’re not going to get there, and it’s just happened. My dream is to get credited on a film and if that happens then that’s great.”

Jon’s final project, entitled Boring Beans, will be among over 350 final year students work at this years annual Art Media and Design degree show. It is open to the public from June 7-14 at their Stoke campus in College Road.

For more information or to arrange interviews telephone Staffordshire University Press Office on 01785 353608.