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Royal Television Society winning film for York St John University student

Published: 13 April 2022

  •   Awards
  •    Students
Student Jack Thompson holding award

Animation student Jack Thompson won the Craft Skills Award in Animation, presented as part of the Yorkshire Student Awards by the Royal Television Society. 

The annual awards celebrate the best in student television from across the region. 

His major project film 'Heartdone' explores the theme of greed and how it can shape people's actions. 

Jack is the first York St John University student to win for the animation programme and part of only the third graduating cohort from the BA (Hons) animation course. 

Jack said: “My vision was to create a well-rounded story within the short runtime of the film. I present a lot of the storytelling using background and character design, as there is no spoken dialogue.”  

Whilst Jack couldn’t be there on the night, lecturer in animation Richard Jacobs accepted the award on Jack’s behalf. Richard said: “This is a great achievement for Jack and for our animation programme. Our students create incredible films, and it is always inspiring to see their work recognised at this level.”  

Jack graduated in 2021 and now works as an artist and animator at Labrador Studios in York and aspires to further his studies in game design for the future.  

Jack said: “The highlight of my time at York St John University has to be getting to meet so many different people, interested in the same things.” 

Find out more about animation at York St John University.

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