Marcus’ award bid

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An Ackworth animation student has been nominated for a lucrative award after producing a short film.

Marcus Armitage has been listed in the Student Excellence category at the British Animation Awards for his production The Laughing Policeman.

Mr Armitage, 23, who went to King’s School in Pontefract, said: “It’s very exciting to be nominated for an award like this.

“It’s great to get some recognition for all of the hard work and I’m very proud.

“I saw the nominations in previous years and the quality of the work is inspiring.”

The film features on a policeman in a British seaside resort and considers how the towns have a different atmosphere between day and night time.

Mr Armitage created the short film after his memories of visiting his auntie in Withernsea, East Yorkshire.

He said: “Over the years I had begun to notice the very strange mix of cultures in areas like this.

“By day they are peaceful and quaint seaside towns but by night they change into much more youthful and vibrant landscapes.

“That’s something I wanted to put across in the film.”

Mr Armitage is currently studying a masters degree in animation at the Royal College of Art, in London.

He hopes to go on to become a commercial and animated feature film director after he finishes his studies.

He added: “I’ve always been focused on working in animation and I just work as hard as I can to make it happen.

“Another big part of animation is being interested in change and reflecting on your own thoughts.”

The former Ackworth Howard School pupil studed an undergraduate course in animation at the University for Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.

The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, March 7 at the British Film Institute in London.

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