A couple of months ago, I entered a short animated sting for the British Animation Awards, and thanks to all of your votes, I was a finalist!
I was asked to travel up to London on Friday the 7th of March to attend the British Animation Awards 2014 at the British Film Institute! It was such an incredible experience, a bit scary since i've never been a part of something this huge before, but it was exciting at the same time.
There were a lot of famous British animators and animation companies there that I got to meet and say hi to, although at the time I couldn't believe what was happening around me. I was sat in the front row next to another finalist in the sting category. The show started, it was hosted by comedienne, Aisling Bea, very funny performance, livened up the whole room, it was great!
The categories all showed up on the big screen, showing small snippets and clips of the best of british animation, whether it was TV, film, adverts, music videos, they were all excellent. The winners of each category won specially made awards in the form of framed artwork or sculptures, very impressive.
Then the stings came up, first it was the student category I was in, it was between me and the finalist sat next to me. They showed the stings on the big screen, I was glad people laughed at mine! Phew! And in a shocking twist, we BOTH WON! It was a joint victory, the jury who judged the stings couldn't pick between us, so we both won specially made awards! We both got up on stage, took pictures and sat down. It was fantastic!
Afterwards at the party, we all got to mingle at the bar, have free drinks and talk. A perfect opportunity to network! I gave out cards to people at Tiger aspect and even Cartoon Network!
I'm home now, but it all seems like a dream to me. But I want to say thank you. Thank you everyone.
I want to thank every single person who voted for my sting in the competition. The good people who were responsible for organising the British Animation Awards, Jayne Pilling and Gulsen Yanik. My friends and family for their support. The University of South Wales for the wonderful staff, equipment and resources. David McSparron for providing the excellent music for the sting! My Mum for travelling to London with me, my Dad who did voices for the Narrator and the sheep! And my niece, Seren for her vocal talents, playing Little Bo Peep!
It's been an amazing experience and I hope it leads to more open doors in the future. Thank EWE everyone!
-Jack David Evans.