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NTU student wins top prize with squirrel antics animation!

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Congratulations go to Ben Hennessey, a 3rd year graphic design student at Nottingham Trent University who won 1st prize in the “stop-motion” category in a national competition for Channel 4 and Red Bull. He will be joining Aardman, of Wallace and Gromit fame, for a month long placement for his prize.

His winning animation has already been screened on Channel 4 and can be found here.

Ben commented: “I wanted to use a character that relates to Red Bull as a brand and after reading that squirrels get a big adrenaline rush from dogs chasing them up trees I thought they were ideal to base my film on.

“I entered the competition as I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to work with one of the world’s best animation companiesand I cannot wait to be working with Aardman. I know it’s going to be life changing and an amazing experience.”

“The rest of my idea came about by taking the can apart. Looking at each section of the can I thought about what I could turn it into. When I saw the curved sheet of metal I instantly thought about skateboarding and knew that Red Bull works with skateboarders so thought it would fit in perfectly with the brand.”

The inaugural Red Bull Canimation competition was a nationwide search for new creative talent, offering student and non-professional animators the chance to win internships at top animation studios Aardman, The Mill and 12foot6 among other prizes. The only rule was that the iconic blue and silver Red Bull can took centre stage.

Well done Ben – clearly a talent to watch out for!