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Graduate's animated film earns accolades

PUBLISHED: 15:25 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:31 23 August 2010

A short animated movie which took three weeks to make has won a young filmmaker a top award. Former St George s Secondary School pupil Ben Williams has won The Moving Art Prize at the International Societás and Medium Magazine Creative Graduate Prize Awa

A short animated movie which took three weeks to make has won a young filmmaker a top award.

Former St George's Secondary School pupil Ben Williams has won The Moving Art Prize at the International Societás and Medium Magazine Creative Graduate Prize Awards.

Mr Williams, 22, of Essex Road, Gravesend, collected the prestigious prize, available to visual arts students around the world, for his eight minute film The Old Man and the Golden Dog produced last year, though he has only just discovered his victory.

The Swansea Metropolitan University graduate said: "I had changed my e-mail address so they hadn't been able to contact me. I only found out when my old tutor phone me.

"It came as quite a surprise."

The film is a stop motion animation film where each character's movements are created by moving them millimetre by millimetre for each shot, similar to how a flip book character moves.

Mr Williams, who produced the short as part of his final year project, revealed it was the first time he had filmed in such a way.

"I guess it was a bit of a risk. For eight minutes of film it probably took me, working every day, about three weeks.

"This is actually quite quick for stop motion. The makers of Wallace and Gromit use similar techniques and film about five seconds a day."

He is now back in living in Gravesend, working in London on a series of music videos and advertisements.

Asked about his plans for the future, Mr Williams said he would definitely consider producing more stop motion animation and would like to have a career in film making.

."Looking back at the film now I can see so many ways to improve it but, then again, I think it's got a certain type of amateurish style that works effectively.

"Certainly having this award is going to look good on the CV," he said.

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