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Illustration Animation BA(Hons): Student achievements

Student sucess stories (2015/16)


Tommy and Markus Vad Flaaten have won prizes at both the British Animation Awards and the Royal Television Society, for their film Bluebarry.

Their film, made as their major project for the Illustration Animation BA(Hons), won the prestigious Professional Public Choice Animated Film award against some of the biggest names in contemporary animation.

The film, an epic tale of two brave blueberries on a desperate quest for water in the desert, was also awarded the Royal Television Society's London Student Television Award for Animation.

Festival success

Second-year Illustration Animation BA(Hons) student Katy Wang has been awarded Best Experimental Animation at Tofuzi Festival in Georgia, and Best Abstract Experimental Animation at Tindirindis Festival in Lithuania, for her film Mind the Gap.

The film, made whilst Katy was just in her first year at Kingston University, has also been screened at a host of other international animation festivals.

Mind the Gap portrays the sights, sounds, and movement of the London Underground, inspired by its iconic seat patterns.

The Knitted Tree at the Old Vic

For the Christmas season of 2016, the Old Vic invited a team of Illustration Animation BA(Hons) students to design an 'alternative' Christmas tree, in line with their production of Dr Seuss's The Lorax. In the words of the installation's designers, Laura Brown, Martha Halliday and Denisa Costin, The Knitted Tree illustrates the morality of deforestation, reflects that which we take for granted, and represents the space which is left behind when a tree is chopped down – thereby reflecting the morals of The Lorax himself.

Kate Varah, CEO of the Old Vic is very thankful for the incredible work that Kingston students did on their 'alternative Christmas tree' brief. She said "we couldn't be more thrilled with both the way that this came about, and the design itself."

More than 100 students put forward 26 proposals and three ideas were shortlisted.

The Knitted Tree consisted of more than 250 strands of wool suspended to create the negative shape of a tree. It took three weeks to make, many late nights, lots of helpers from Illustration Animation BA(Hons) and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design students and plenty of problem solving.

The tree was seen by 30,000 people over the Christmas season.

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