Our warmest congratulations to Roos Mattaar for her win in the Student Animation category in the Royal Television Society Bristol Awards 2014 with ‘Moonbird’.
In Roos’ own words:
The ideas for the story of ‘Moonbird’ came after I built the metal bird armature in my 2nd year. I built the miniature set, animated the bird and used green screen and live action footage of myself to combine it all digitally. This meant I could really challenge myself in many areas. I love the handmade magic of stop motion, and incorporating digital technology opens up many possibilities without the need of a big budget and crew.
I feel very lucky to have studied at UWE, where I had a great time using the fabrication facilities and learning to work with metal, wood, casting and mould making. Many valuable skills which I have been able to apply in model making jobs already. The help with story development and feedback and support in all areas have been invaluable. At UWE I felt the ‘industry’ was very close from the very start. After graduating I have done an internship at animation studio A+C which was part funded through the UWE intern scheme and continued working on various stop motion projects in the UK.