Rising star receives big thumbs up

Joe Blandamer impresses the creative director behind Shaun the Sheep after winning his latest animation competition.

A rising star in the animation world has received the thumbs after impressing the creative director behind Shaun the Sheep.

Joe Blandamer, of Raymonds Hill, was crowned the winner of the Animate It competition organised by Sensory Trust Nature Food and Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF).

The Woodroffe student won the under 12’s section and was chosen as the competition’s overall winner – winning animation software and a season family ticket to @Bristol.

He received praise from judge Golly Starzak, the creative director and mastermind behind Shaun the Sheep, who said: “The overall winner’s entry was very original and making clever use of the sound effects by pig impressions of other animals. I felt the humour suited that of Aardman’s and I hope Joe continues to animate with all sorts of techniques.’’

You may also want to watch:

The success continues for the 11-year-old who recently won a Corti a Ponte International Short Film Festival in the children’s section and the under 16s winner of the first-ever Vue ExeterShorts.

Joe has now set his sights on his next filming project.

Most Read

To see his film visit www.letnaturefeedyoursenses.org/letnature/Shaun/animateit_videos.eb

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter