Postal worker scoops top UWE animation prize

Issue date: 03 October 2005


Issue date: 03/10/05

Julia Roberts, a postal worker and illustrator from Devon, has won a top animation prize from the University of the West to England and Wildscreen.

The Annual Storyboarding Competition encourages budding animators to test their talents by producing a storyboard for a particular theme.

Julia’s entry, called ‘Extinction’, won her the top prize of three months free professional animation training with free accommodation for the duration of the course.

Having just completed her three months training prize Julia says that winning the competition has helped her launch her career in the world of animation and storyboarding, “I have learnt more here about animation, movement and acting than I thought possible. Even though I have found it hard at times, the course has been brilliant and the tutoring is great. I feel that I have learnt the fundamental skills of animation, which I can build upon. Having my fees and accommodation paid for has really been a huge help. Without winning the competition, there would be no way I would have been able to attend the course.”

Julia says she now wants to concentrate on making short films and she is currently taking a leave of absence from Royal Mail to work within the independent Animation Workshop of the University College of Western Denmark. She is currently helping a friend, Tor Freugaard, who is making an animated western film with puppets and Julia hopes to get funding to make ‘Extinction’ into an animated film.

Bristol School of Animation, (Bristol UWE) in conjunction with Aardman Animations Ltd is now looking for talented animators from throughout Europe to compete in this year’s annual storyboarding competition for 2006.

The competition organiser Frances Meredith, says, “With more animated films reaching the big screen such as the new Wallace and Gromit film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’, there is a growing need for talented and well trained animators and ‘storyboarders’ – people who can visualise and draw the plot and action of a story, film or ad. They are essential in the animation industry as well as in advertising and film.

“To enter the 2006 Storyboard competition, talented animators need to produce a storyboard for a 60-second TV ad aimed at raising public awareness of the dangers of global warming. It should aim to deliver a message that inspires individuals to take personal responsibility for the conservation of energy, highlighting the contribution that can be made by people at a domestic level.

“The judges are looking for original and imaginative storyboards (no more than 20 frames) and for skills in the development and communication of a strong concept likely to influence the general public.”

The first prize is a free place to study either 2D or 3D animation on Bristol School of Animation’s prestigious ‘Three Month Animation Professional Training Course’ (26 June – 8 September 2006), including the payment of accommodation costs for the duration of the 11-week period. There will also be runners-up prizes on offer.

-ENDS-

Editor’s notes

Visual of Julia Robert’s winning entry available from the Press Office

The Three Month Animation Course offers would be animators the chance to gain or enhance their understanding of the core skills and techniques involved in the production of successful character animation. The course also includes training in life drawing and support from local professional animation studios, including Aardman Animations Ltd.

Competition Entry Guidelines
• The deadline for all competition entries is 10 March 2006.
• The competition is open to all UK and EU/EEA residents over 18 years of age.
• Applicants must submit a completed storyboard and competition application form.
• Storyboards can be in colour or monochrome. They must be no more than 20 frames in length.
• Storyboards must be completed within the specified format using the template provided (you can make as many copies of the template as you like).
• Entries from outside of the UK should allow at least two weeks delivery time for your competition entry.
• Please keep copies of your entries as we cannot guarantee that your entry will be returned.
• Application forms and storyboard templates can be downloaded from the Bristol School of Animation pages on our website http://www.uwe.ac.uk, or by contacting us on:
Tel: +44 (0) 117 328 4810
E-mail: amd.shortcourses@uwe.ac.uk
Address: Storyboarding Competition, Bristol School of Animation,
University of the West of England, Bower Ashton Campus,
Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT, UK

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