Matt makes his mark with animation short

Published: 4 June 2014 at 10:10

Anglia Ruskin graduate wins excusive Aardman prize in national competition

Anglia Ruskin University graduate Matt Rogers has won a behind-the-scenes visit to the world-famous Aardman animation studios after claiming top prize in a national contest.

The competition, run by the National Accident Helpline, set the challenge of creating a short animated film – in any format from CGI to stop-motion animation – on the theme of “success against the odds”.

Aardman, the National Accident Helpline’s creative partners, judged the entries by considering creativity, technical competency and how well the animation fitted with the given theme.

Matt, who graduated in 2012 from the BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation course at Anglia Ruskin, impressed the judges with his 10-second film. 

He has won a personal behind-the-scenes tour of Aardman’s studios in Bristol for himself and a friend, including an animation workshop, artwork signed by co-founder Peter Lord, plus personalised feedback on his work from the Aardman team.  Fellow graduate Matt Bannister was named as one of the five runners-up.

Describing Matt’s work, the Aardman team said:

“A well-crafted idea that worked well in 10 seconds, with a strong before and after.  
“We liked the fact that you could see the point where our hero decides he can do more and the subtlety of animation in the race scene itself.  The flag transition worked well and hints at the race scene to come.  Good strong design.” 

Matt said:

“The inspiration for my animation came from when I was watching my brother run the London marathon.  Whilst watching, I saw wheelchair athletes rush past.  This became the basis for my animation.  I decided to set the animation in the build up for the London 2012 Paralympic games.
“I am most looking forward to the workshop and witnessing what goes on behind the scenes at Aardman.  Hopefully it will inspire my own animations and better myself as an animator.”