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University wins two of five awards at BBC awards ceremony

22 January 09


The School of Computing, Informatics & Media at the University of Bradford has won both the Innovation and Production awards at the prestigious BBC Connect and Create Awards.

The School of Computing, Informatics & Media at the University of Bradford has won both the Innovation and Production awards at the prestigious BBC Connect and Create Awards.

The award ceremony took place at the BBCs Education and Community Partnership annual conference at John Moores University in Liverpool.

Dan and the Magic Musician, animated by Karl Abson, was one of three shortlisted finalists in the Innovation category and got first prize for an eight minute animated film commissioned by the Royal College of Organists (RCO), designed to introduce children to the pipe organ.

The film, scripted by Lucy and Peter Comerford, tells the story of young Dan who with the help of the Magic Musician, finds out that because so many different types of pipe go together to make up an organ, it can make an incredible range of music and sounds - leading them to declare 'it's the greatest musical instrument of all.'

Simon Williams, RCO Head of Outreach and Education said: "We commissioned the animation to present the organ to children as an engaging instrument full of wonderful music, as natural and playable and modern as any other musical instrument they have already encountered.

"We have been delighted with the hugely positive response it has received from children, their teachers and the wider music world, and this award is really an icing on the cake."

Derek Beamount, who has just graduated with an MA in Computer Animation at the University, was also delighted when he found out that his animated film The Fisherman was awarded joint-first place in the Production category.

The film tells the story about the central character, the Fisherman, who is a small wooden figure who lives on someone's desk as a souvenir of a holiday to a tropical island. At the beginning of the story he feels lost and homesick. When the opportunity to escape the confines of his home presents itself, he relies on his ingenuity, creativity and luck to make his escape. The short film was praised as it successfully takes traditional animation techniques and combines them on screen with cutting edge motion-captured performance, which is rarely seen in short, or even feature-length animation.

Ian Palmer, Dean of Computing, Informatics & Media said: "We are delighted to have won two out of the five categories in the recent BBC Connect & Create Awards. Our successes in the categories of 'Production' and 'Innovation' exemplify our approach in the School of Computing, Informatics & Media - to work to the highest professional standards whilst breaking new ground in multi-platform media. It is particularly pleasing to see students from our master's programmes being so successful and we're sure to hear more about both winners in the future."

22 January 09

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