22nd May 2003




A dream has come true for one student at the University of Lincoln in Hull who has been headhunted by an award winning computer design company.


John Lee – a final-year Animation student specialising in Computer Generated Imagery has been offered a job as an animator at Lionhead Studios.


“When you first start out, you usually have to settle with being a runner and making the tea,” said John.  “I’ve been really lucky and skipped that and gone straight into animation.


“Although I got this job straight away, it wasn’t easy.  The first thing I needed was a website to get recognition and then I went on Internet forums where people gave me feedback on my work.


“I’ve already been in contact with Pixar and Weta Digital – makers of Gollum in Lord of the Rings – and they have all given me constructive criticism on my work.


“I’m really pleased with getting straight into the industry because it’s usually really competitive.  There are so many people out there wanting to do it and they always say you need experience so getting this job is a dream come true.”


The winner of two BAFTA awards – Lionhead Studios is regarded as the leading videogames developer in the UK.  It was founded in 1997 by Peter Molyneux and is the developer of the well-known game series Black and White.


John (22), originally from Colne in Lancashire, starts his new job next month and hopes his time at Lionhead will be the start of a successful career.


“I would like to get into post-production on commercials, but in the long term it would be great to do feature length animated movies.”


You can visit John’s showreel at www.characteranimation.co.uk


John has also been working for the last nine months on his latest short animated film that will be screened along with other third-year final work.  The one-night extravaganza will be held at the Odeon in Kingston Park, Hull on Friday 30th May.


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