I fell in love with animation as a child. I loved shows like Yu Gi Oh and Pokemon, and was fascinated by the imaginary worlds that could be created with animation. I was interested in drawing, painting and photography but it was animation that really captured my imagination.
I loved trying my hand at stop motion. I worked with other students to make puppets, write a script and direct a seven-minute animated film. On my course you get to experiment with a wide range of animation styles, so you might end up really enjoying something you’d never thought of,
My real passion was for 3D animation. I’ve been able to choose modules and create projects that will help prepare me for a career in that area.
The highlight of my time at Edge Hill has been a trip to Portugal. It was fantastic to explore a new city in a creative way. I worked on a series of animated films about Lisbon, showcased during the Society of Animation Studies (SAS) annual conference. A grant from the Student Opportunity Fund gave me the chance to work in another country, collaborating with international students.
I drew on my mental health struggles to create Under the Radar, a mixture of 3D characters and live footage, to help other students suffering in silence. I got amazing support from the University. It’s been great to combine the two things I’m most passionate about in one project and I’m very proud that it was screened at Edge Hill.
I’ve learned a lot at Edge Hill – not only about the course, but about myself. I’m a strong individual who never gives up on anything, physically or mentally.