9th November 2007


Student film scoops best animation


Two Media Production students have picked up an award at the Royal Television Society (RTS) awards. The animated film – Leo - is based on the true story of Leo Hartman and his experiences during World War II.


More then 400 media industry leaders attended the award ceremony which included Best Undergraduate Animation presented to University of Lincoln students Nicholas Easter and Michael Walker for the film Leo. Two other groups of University of Lincoln students were also shortlisted for awards for the films Peak Secrets and Imperfect Reality.


The winning animation focuses on what happened to Leo during WWII and how he watched close friends die as the plane he was in was attacked by Nazis. It highlights how Leo evaded Nazi capture against all odds and returned safely to England.


“When we heard Leo’s story we knew we wanted to make a film about him to preserve his experiences for generations to come. The War was a tragic time in our history but the bravery shown by individuals should never be forgotten,” said Nicholas Easter.


“When we heard that we had been nominated for the award we were delighted. The awards night was such a new and exciting experience for us. The moment we were announced as winners will stay with us for a very long time.


“The main aim of our film was to do Leo’s story justice and tell his courageous story to others. For this reason we feel it is only right that we give the award to him.”


The Imperial War Museum has expressed an interest in the film and is currently liaising with Nicholas and Michael to secure a copy of Leo for their archives.


David Sleight, Head of Media Production at the University of Lincoln, said: “We were delighted to have been nominated in three categories for the RTS awards and thrilled that Leo won the Best Animation award. We are very proud of all the nominees and the way they have worked to the very highest professional standard, resulting in recognition from their peers in the industry.”


Leo can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PveVD_sYs0

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