Animation student makes finals of RTS national awards

Issue date: 06 June 2017

An animation student from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been selected for the finals of the national Royal Television Society awards.

Ed Leicester has been nominated for his animation 'Heist' in the Undergraduate Animation category. His film will be judged alongside fellow finalists from Falmouth University and Kingston University.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th June 2017 at the British Film Institute (BFI) at London's Southbank.

Speaking about his film, Ed says he took his inspiration from watching classic heist movies from the 1980s and 1990s, following the storyline: plan, storming the bank, alarm triggers and police shoot out.

Ed said: “What is different about my film is that I have represented the story by using graphic motion effects, making it more abstract. It was quite a challenge to complete the project in the time available to me as the entire film needed to be drawn by hand frame by frame. However, I did find this method of animation quite therapeutic.

“The teaching team at UWE Bristol has been great – I found the guidance really helpful. Mostly I worked from home, as I already own all the software I needed to make the film, but the university has been great at guiding me along the way and giving me some great opportunities, such as an internship at Wonky Animations.

“I am now planning to freelance for a few months to build up my animation portfolio. It has been amazing to reach the final round of the RTS awards - the other nominees' work is truly fantastic. I'm really looking forward to the ceremony in London!”

Chris Webster, Programme Leader for Animation at UWE Bristol, said: “Ed is a talented animator and we are thrilled at his success in getting through to the final round. We are proud of the achievements of all of our talented students who performed brilliantly in the regional competition earlier this year.”

Professor Paul Olomolaiye, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Creative Industries and Education at UWE Bristol, said: “We are very proud of Ed's achievement. His success is down to his talent and hard work and we wish him all the best in the awards later this month. The university is investing heavily in Creative Industries at UWE Bristol and we are looking forward to the opening of our new animation studios in the forthcoming academic year.”

Find out more about studying animation at UWE Bristol here.

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