Students animated after wins at RTS awards

“We had a great night at the Awards. The University was strongly represented and deservedly celebrated!”

Stuart Messinger, Award Leader for Animation

October 31, 2014.

The creative talents of Staffordshire University’s film and animation students have been recognised at the regional RTS Awards 2014.

Students from BSc(Hons) Media (Film) Production and BA(Hons) Animation were nominated across three categories and picked up the regional prize in two.

A team of nine second-year animation students were announced winners in the animation category for their stop-motion The Animated Adventures of Edward Lear.

The work serialises nine nonsense poems by Edward Lear through puppets and Co-Director Cat Hayes was delighted with the outcome.

“It took one semester to do, with all nine of us working extremely hard. The poems allow for lots of imagination and good imagery. I oversaw the project from start to finish and it was a great experience,” explained the 26-year-old from London.

“We had to do a lot of set building and puppet making before spending about three weeks actually doing the animation. 10 seconds of final footage equates to about a day’s work, but it was worth it.”

The team included, Cat Hayes, Laura Emmerman, Robin Smith, Travis Anderson, Naomi Blakeway, Harris Dunn, Suzanne Hunt, Sophie Ralph and Eleisha Johnson.

Award leader for Animation, Stuart Messinger said: “We've had a glorious week in animation and a great night at the Awards. The University was strongly represented and deservedly celebrated!”

Media (Film) production graduate Sophie Piggott was victorious in the drama category. Her film Archie is about a young boy who enjoys dressing up as a robot. Things change for Archie when he joins a new school and discovers not everyone likes to pretend to be a robot.

She said: “The film is about it being ok to be different, I like the message that the film has and it was an important element for me.”

“As I am from Shrewsbury, I used 11 children from the Shropshire Youth Theatre and they were a great help,” added the 21-year-old who now works freelance as a runner.

Sophie’s lecturer David Wheeler had high praise for the drama. He said: “This film shows an excellent treatment of a tricky subject, with intelligent visual storytelling and no dialogue.”

Another film student Katie Walters was also nominated for Motormouth, a short, observational documentary of different car journeys.

The winners were announced at a Gala Dinner held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull last night.


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