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Winning awards is child’s play for BAFTA graduate


An award winning graduate from the University of Wolverhampton School of Art picked up a BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Arts) for his children’s television work recently.

Carl Hadley 52, from Stourbridge, graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a Degree in Visual Communication in 1987 and is now a visiting lecturer at the Wolverhampton School of Art.

He was a British Academy Children’s Award Winner 2017 for Short Form in November 2017 for his work on CITV’s Share a Story competition. He was based at Salford Media City, where he was Head of Graphics at the Children’s Channel, leading a small team of award winning designers and animators.

Carl had worked for CITV for 12 years after joining Central TV in 1989 and worked on CITV’s BAF­TA winning ‘Share a Story’ competition as well as the BAFTA nominated ‘Compost Corner’ anima­tions.

The ‘Share a Story’ competition was open to children aged 5 to 12 who were invited to write and draw an original short story. Winning stories were turned into 60 second animations in collabora­tion with top animators and broadcast exclusively on CITV.

Since its inception, ‘Share a Story’ has received six BAFTA award nominations, winning four, and has picked up a handful of RTS (Royal Television Society) awards for individual animations and animators.

Carl was a key producer of Share a Story and has played an integral role within the competition over the last 8 years.

Carl said: “Bringing a child’s imagination to life with awesome animation and showing it on TV is the essence of the competition, it’s a rewarding experience for all involved.

"It’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of Share a Story – I’m always inspired by the passion, creativity and originality of both the children and the animators alike. To be part of this magical process has been a privilege.”

Working alongside the winning, talented young authors and budding animators he creates the storyboards, animatics and often had a hand in the character design of stories. Carl has commis­sioned and collaborated with animators from across the country and helped direct and produce a series of award winning animations.

He currently works with the animation students at the University as a Visiting Lecturer.

2017 BAFTA Winning Short Stories:

A Monkey Who Likes Jam on Toast & Karate by Lucy Tanner. Animation: Kilogramme.

A Fox Who Hasn’t Any Nice Shoes by Emily England. Animation: Jardine Sage.

Gotcha! by Matthew Grindlay. Animation: The CharacterShop.

The Race in the Sky by Jenotha Seenivasan. Animation: Second Home Studios.

Anyone wanting to study at the Wolverhampton School of Art should visit the next Open Day on Saturday 17th February 2018.

Picture caption:  Carl is on the right with Michael Rosen on the left, children's novelist and poet and ambassador for Share a Story.


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Date Issued: 12th January 2018

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