Sunday, October 26, 2008

Royal Television Society Awards - Midlands Centre

I'm really excited to announce that I have won an award for "Troubled", the short animated student film I made.

I'm really surprised that I won because I thought the other student films that were also nominated were really strong, well animated and beautiful pieces.

I have to give credit to a lot of people who helped me out on the making of this film.
Eoín Greenham, he comped all of the film, he stayed up with me until the wee hours of the night to have it finished on time. He did a real wonderful job!

Claire Perrin; she composed the music, titled "Accepted". She gave permission to use the song in the film. Multi-talented Graínne Quinlan (on the violin) , Elaine Brennan (great pianist) and Eoín Greenham (recording) recorded a new piece of music using the theme of Claire's Song.

Donata Pellizari helped me a lot with colouring in the frames (which takes such a long time believe it or not), she also checked my animation to catch somethings I didn't.

Jurgen Inghels; a good friend, helped me with pre-production of the film. At the time I couldn't draw because I broke my drawing hand. I had to submit storyboards but instead I submitted some shots of myself acting out what I wanted to put in the storyboards and then edited everything together to make it look like a short-film. It was very embarrassing but also very funny and helpful!

Bouldermedia and Wolverhampton; I used Boulder's equipment for the production of the short film. I owe a lot of my experience of animation to them because this was my first animation job. I started out a little weak and the staff were very patient with me, especially when I was learning.
After a couple of years in the company I decided it would be good idea to get a my degree in animation. I was lucky enough to be able to do distant learning from Ireland in Wolverhampton(which is in the UK). I'm forever grateful to everyone working in Boulder and my teachers in Wolverhampton, especially those who entered my film into the RTS.

Last but not least, my family; Vlad (Volodya), my love, definitely keeps me on my toes, he's the best thing that walked into my life. He listens to me, cares for me and is just the best guy in the whole world! My parents and sister are very understanding, I hardly had any time for writing e-mails and staying in touch. My friends hardly saw me during the college year, I was working full-time so socializing was out of the question. I'm so grateful for everyone in my life!

I just want to say thanks to everyone once again, you're brilliant! I'll post a photo of the award itself when I get the chance.

Thanks everybody!