Media students at Solihull College have made an impression with their animation skills after winning the Upcoming Student Film Maker of the Year Award at the Staffordshire Film Festival.
But the win came as a complete shock to students Vanessa Chileshe and Alice Williams as they didn’t know their tutors had entered them into the competition.
Twenty-year-old Ms Williams, from Chelmsley Wood, said: “We are really critical of our own work and didn’t think the animation was good enough to enter, so when we received the call to say we’d won it was quite a shock.
“We are both fans of the film Juno so we decided to focus our animation around the main song All I Want is You and portray a story of love and happiness between a flower and a bee.”
The animation took the students four weeks to produce and was created using a range of props and taking hundreds of shots to form the final film.
Ms Chileshe, aged 18, from Bearwood, added: “We used lots of different items such as wallpaper for the background, cotton wool for the clouds, and pipe cleaners for the birds to create the animation, so it took a lot of time to move them for each motion.
“We really enjoyed the project and achieving this award makes it even more special.”
Manisha Parmar, programme manager for Media at Solihull College, said: “We are extremely proud of Vanessa and Alice’s achievements.
“They are very hard working, talented students so it is fantastic their work has been recognised and showcased at such a prominent event.
“Their success has created a really exciting buzz within the team and we cannot wait for our students to enter more of these competitions in the near future.”