Double win for UWE in RTS Student Awards

Issue date: 04 February 2015

Moonbird poster

Student Roos Mattaar has won the animation category of this year's RTS West of England Student Awards 2014, for the stop motion and live action composited film MoonBird.

Speaking about winning the animation award Roos Mattaar said, “I am very happy to have won this award and I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity. I started making films as a teenager. After filling my bedroom with miniature landscapes and all sorts of stop motion creatures, it was time to take my ambitions to the next level. I left the Netherlands to study animation in Bristol.

“The ideas for the story of 'Moonbird' came after I built the metal bird armature in my 2nd year. I built the miniature set, animated the bird and used green screen and live action footage of myself to combine it all digitally. This meant I could really challenge myself in many areas. I love the handmade magic of stop motion, and incorporating digital technology opens up many possibilities without the need of a big budget and crew.

“I feel very lucky to have studied at UWE, where I had a great time using the fabrication facilities and learning to work with metal, wood, casting and mould making; many valuable skills which I have been able to apply in model making jobs already. The help with story development and feedback and support in all areas have been invaluable. At UWE I felt the 'industry' was very close from the very start. After graduating I embarked upon an internship at animation studio A+C, which was part funded through the UWE Internship Scheme, and continued working on various stop motion projects in the UK.”

To view selections of Roos' work, please visit her Vimeo profile.

Hugo Pettitt and Hannah Bush Bailey won in the Factual Category with their film 'The Invisible School'. Hugo is now working as a researcher for the BBC in Bristol. Hannah is working at Fly Film, a London based production company which has produced award winning films such as Ken Loach's 'The Spirit of 45'. Hannah is currently working with renowned documentary producer/director, Mark Isaacs, on his latest film. Both students gained these roles as a result of their work experience module at UWE.

Overall UWE students gained more than half of the nominations at this year's regional RTS Student Awards.

The other nominations in the Animation category were for UWE Bristol students Timmy Kwee, for his graduation film Bicycle, and Sam Whitaker Shaw, for the 2D horror comedy Dead and Breakfast. Last year Timmy Kwee, won against the odds as a second year student up against graduating students, with his animated film of a musical bug orchestra.

John Parry, Programme Leader for Animation said, “I am delighted that our animation students have won this award three years in a row. Over the last five years, since the first students graduated from the animation course, we have produced a number of prize winners and many of our students have gone on to careers within the industry.”

The Animation Programme has produced a number of award winners at the RTS awards. These include: Tom Mallins (2009) and his retro styled film The Creep; Fell by David Dymond (2011); Mushroom Tea, by Max Martin (2012) and Concert of the Bugs, Timmy Kwee (2013).

The RTS West of England Student Awards took place on Monday 2 February at The Watershed in Bristol.

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