Television career beckons for top aspiring Lancashire animators

ANIMATORS: Liam Springthorpe, left and Declan Holgate

ANIMATORS: Liam Springthorpe, left and Declan Holgate

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Students from two Lancashire universities have been hand picked to help create new animations for a top children’s television show.

Declan Holgate and–Liam Springthorpe who are both studying BA (Hons)Animation at the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill animation scholar Kira Adams are among five students from the North West chosen to see their ideas for short animations based on CBBC’s hit new series ‘Scream Street’ come to life.

We received a great response from the universities and colleges across the North of England, and were thoroughly impressed by the quality and creativity of the submissions

Lucy Pryke

CBBC launched The Scream Street Shorts Initiative in October, in partnership with animation production company, Factory, and international media group and rights holders, Coolabi.

Students across the UK were invited to pitch their ideas for a short animation in the form of a storyboard and/or animatic, using two characters from CBBC’s new stop-motion animated show, Scream Street.

Filming is starting this week and the students will get to spend a week each at Factory to bring their storyboard/animatic to life under the guidance of Jo Chalkley, a stop motion animator who has more than 25 years experience in the industry.

Filming is expected to take five weeks and once they are finished the shorts will launch on CBBC platforms next spring.

The students can use the end results as an example of their work and will be credited with an official ‘created from an idea by’.

The submissions were judged on originality and creativity, character engagement, story and connection with CBBC’s target audience, by a panel of representatives from CBBC, Coolabi and Factory, including Lucy Pryke, development producer at BBC Children’s, Adrian Mills, general manager at BBC North and other industry giants.

Lucy Pryke said: “We received a great response from the universities and colleges across the North of England, and were thoroughly impressed by the quality and creativity of the submissions.

“We wanted to pilot a scheme that would offer students something tangible to help develop their conceptual and storyboarding skills and prepare them for potential careers working in animation or storytelling.”