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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