Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
18/12/2009

Anti-bullying Animation Scoops BAFTA

News Image
A series of four dramatic short films, See Something, Say Something, animated by two recent Kingston University graduates, have won a BAFTA at the recent British Academy Children's Awards ceremony, hosted by presenters Dick and Dom.
Ben Wright, 25, and Will Milton, 24, who met on their first day at university, designed the overall aesthetic, including characters, backgrounds and animation for the films while working at Bold Creative.
The design agency, which specialises in social projects, interviewed four children about their experiences of bullying and their deeply moving, brutally-honest stories were then animated by Kingston graduates Ben and Will and can be seen at: www.vimeo.com/7704547. They use a combination of hand-drawn and computer animation.
"The challenge was to tell the stories in a way that would appeal to other young people, but which ensured the anti-bullying message hit home," Ben, from Guildford, Surrey, who had his own experience of bullies at school, explained.
"When I was eight, I was picked on for having freckles. My mum told that if I laughed about it, the bullies would either leave me alone or become my friend. It worked, and I still use this advice in my everyday life."
The films took two months to make, and were screened on the children's TV channel Nickleodeon as part of an anti-bullying awareness week. They tell the stories of Marcus, a former bully; Mark and Alaskah, two children who had been bullied; and Kelly, a friend of a victim of bullying, and give an insight into the causes and effects of the problem.
Will, from Haywards Health, West Sussex, admits to being "stunned" when he first heard they'd been nominated for a BAFTA in the Short Form category. The ceremony was held in London on November 29.
He added: "It was incredible to be there alongside famous nominees in other categories, such as Disney's Pixar Up. When they announced our project had won, we were ecstatic, it was pretty bizarre!"
See Something, Say Something was produced by Greg Villalobos and Martin Orton of Bold Creative, who collected the award on stage along with Jane Laffey of Nickleodeon UK. "I took the BAFTA home for the weekend and it had pride of place on my mantelpiece - I just couldn't believe we'd done it!" Ben, who's dyslexic, said.
He also took the trophy into his former primary school, Holy Trinity in Guildford, where he gave a talk on dyslexia.
Damian Gascoigne, Senior Lecturer in animation at Kingston, said it was clear that Will and Ben brought out the best in each other.
He said: "They worked together on a joint project here at Kingston and they were quite a force. There aren't many people in their early twenties who could produce this level of work. Here in the Faculty of Art and Design, we have intensive contact with the students, to help them develop their talent and to think creatively at a high level, and it pays off."
Ben and Will thanked their assistant animators on the See Something, Say Something project, Ali Assaf and Rachel Thorn and paid tribute to their lecturers at Kingston.
They said: "The University course focuses strongly on illustration, so we gained a deep, core understanding of drawing and hand-crafted approach which we applied to the films."
(KMcA/BMcC)
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

11/10/2017
Production News : BBC One Commissions Festive Animation
BBC One has revealed details of an animated special that will air on the channel this Christmas. The Highway Rat is based on the 2011 book by Julia Do
04/05/2017
School Pupils To Create Films For Elstree Studios Film Festival
The Elstree Studios Film Festival has started filming across 15 schools in Hertsmere. As part of Elstree Studio's 90th anniversary, the studio teamed
21/03/2017
Wild Dream Films Fuels Business Growth With Facilis Shared Storage
Wild Dream Films is a multi-award winning production company based in Cardiff, UK, which has built an impressive reputation working in both the UK and
02/10/2017
Ben Leeves Has Joined Jungle Studios
Jungle Studios, the Soho-based full service audio post production facility that brings together award-winning sound design and music for advertising,
05/07/2017
Roundtable Films Invests In Alchemist XF
SAM has announced that post production facility, Roundtable Films has invested in its Alchemist XF format and framerate converter to meet an increase
27/06/2017
IFB-Funded Films Added To Galway Film Fleadh
The Galway Film Fleadh has confirmed that two further Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann (IFB) funded titles have been added to this year's pro
04/07/2017
Production News : BBC Announces Biggest Investment In Children's Services In A Generation
The BBC has announced its biggest investment in children's services in a generation - an additional £34 million across the three years to 2019/20, ove
20/10/2017
Altered Images Installs & Supports Avid Systems For October Films' Expansion
Altered Images installs and supports Avid editing and NEXIS shared storage systems as part of October Films' expansion to a new facility. Independent
18/08/2017
Aardman Invests In GB Labs To Power Their Animation Workflow
Award-winning animation studio, Aardman, create film, broadcast, advertising and interactive entertainment. Their work includes Wallace and Gromit, Sh
14/02/2011
IFTAs Awarded In Dublin
The winners of the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards were announced at a gala ceremony held at Dublin's Convention Centre. The main categories
09/11/2010
Ben Hibon Joins Nexus Productions
Multi award-winning independent animation production company, Nexus Productions, has announced that Ben Hibon has joined their team. Ben joins just as
14/08/2017
Presteigne Broadcast Hire Appoints RF Specialist
 Ben Hawker
Presteigne Broadcast Hire has announced the appointment of Ben Hawker as senior supervisor of RF and Special Cameras. Hawker comes to Presteigne from
18/05/2017
Recognition For Avid Customers At BAFTA TV Awards
A number of Avid customers have been recognised at this year's Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, hosted by the British Academy of Film & Te
28/03/2017
Bafta's albert & Good Energy Announce Partnership
Bafta's albert and Good Energy have unveiled a new partnership to support the creative sector's transition to renewable electricity, reduce carbon emi
09/01/2004
The Horror Channel choose Kingston inmedia for playout provision
The Horror Channel on BSkyB has chosen Kingston inmedia to provide a fully-managed playout and satellite linking system and as satellite space segment