Watch budding Nick Park’s amazing animation video

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MOVE aside Wallace and Gromit – there’s a new animation in town.

The amazing models pictured here were crafted by budding Nick Park Emily Parker and capture just a fraction of her intricate stop-motion clip that took weeks to make.

And the film could secure her a rare internship with world leader Aardman Animations – the home of film Chicken Run and our cheese-loving Wallace himself – if people log on to watch it as part of the Red Bull Canimation competition.

Click on the link to the right to see the video

“Aardman is somewhere I have dreamed of working for since I was little”, said self-taught animator Emily, 22, of Walton. “I’ve always been kind of obsessed with animation and as the industry is so hard to get into, because it’s so competitive, chances like this rarely come up.

“I’d love to be the next Nick Park but I don’t know if I am as good, he is one of my idols.”

Emily’s quirky film shows a stressed student struggling to write before he finds a can of Red Bull and life becomes much more exciting.

When watching the minute-long film viewers will laugh - but be unaware of the painstaking work behind it.

From creating each model by hand, to making characters move a miniscule amount every 25th of a second, any mistake meant starting from scratch.

“There were very long nights”, admits Emily, a third year illustration student in Loughborough. @It’s lots of work but when you end up with something it’s so rewarding.

“I’ve always been described as a bit anally retentive with details so I think animation feeds that a little bit, I can be as precise as I want and get stuck in.”

To win the placement Emily needs people to view her film online and vote for it.

The five clips with most support will then go before London judges.

Former Brookfields Community School student Emily said: “All the views count so even if people, just out of curiousity, take a look and see what they think it would be great.”

• To view the clip click on the link to the right or visit www.vimeo.com/32172144

By Ellen Beardmore

ellen.beardmore@derbyshiretimes.co.uk