Shot from Chelbie’s third year degree film ‘Parable of Patrick

An Edge Hill University graduate has helped create the latest full length feature animation Night of the Trampires thanks to help from the University’s Student Opportunity Fund (SOF).

Chelbie Seed, who has just graduated with a 2:1 in Stop Motion Animation, spent two weeks in a purpose built studio in Wales helping shoot the soon to be released animation film.

Focusing on the bloody murder investigations of LA maverick cop, Chuck Steel, Chelbie spent her time painstakingly creating props and scenery for the film which sees a scourge of mutated vampires and tramps descend on the city. Chelbie, 22, said:

“It was amazing to work on a real film and gain valuable industry experience. The work ethic of the company and the detail that went into the sets was incredible. I helped create lots of things, from popcorn and shop window displays to surfboards. It was fantastic to gain hands-on practical experience, and without the SOF I would never have been able to travel to and stay in South Wales for a fortnight.”

Inspired by her love of Morph and Wallace and Gromit, Chelbie now hopes to use her degree and work experience as a springboard into children’s animation. She added:

“My degree was great as I got lots of support from my personal tutor and the course was practical, which meant we were encouraged to gain as much work experience as possible. I only wish I’d known about the SOF before my final year as I’d have applied earlier and could have looked at opportunities outside of the immediate area.”

Chelbie was also joined at Animortal Studios by another Edge Hill summer graduate who helped build and sculpt plasticine characters.

Earlier this year, Edge Hill launched the Student Opportunity Fund (SOF) to enable students to take advantage of career enhancing and life changing opportunities.

The fund ensures that costs are not a barrier to students making the most of their experience at Edge Hill. It allows undergraduate students to apply for up to £2,000 which can help towards the cost of activities designed to prepare them for the future and enhance their employability skills.