Rosie Andrews, an Animation Production alumna, is celebrating after hearing her film ‘Morning Song’ has been selected for screening at the annual international animation festival, Animac 2016.

Animac is the International Film Festival of Animation in Catalonia, and is organised by the Lleida City Council and Generalitat of Catalonia. The festival celebrates the very best of current animated film.

Rosie tells us more about the story behind the film, what life for her has looked like after graduation, and her One Piece of Advice.

Can you tell us more about the story behind ‘Morning Song’?

“The animation explores the idea that it’s difficult to let go when it’s not your choice, but it’s also ok to do so. One of the characters in particular, Freya, has to learn to let go of someone very important to her and although it’s difficult, she accepts it.

“Inspiration for the film came from my family and friends, who have lost loved ones in recent years. Although the film is quite sad, my aim was to create something bitter-sweet and hopeful. I wanted to show grief as something natural, so we set the film in a place bursting with flora to subtly convey this. The characters grow together with their surroundings and the plants they nurture.

“Another early source of inspiration was the Sylvia Plath poem of the same name.”

How has life been since graduation?

“I am currently working at an Irish film and television animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, on a sixth month internship. It has been fantastic and incredibly inspiring so far. I secured the job at the end of October last year and before that I had been working a part time job, working on a few freelance pieces and as a clean-up artist on a short film.

“It was tricky at first adjusting to not having a schedule or project goal after graduation – I found that a bit disorienting. I had a lot of support though, which really helped.”

Why did you choose to study at AUB?

“I looked at a few animation courses around the UK and chose AUB because the course was structured in a way that would allow me to try different forms of animation. The course allows you to try 2D traditional/digital, 3D, stop motion and experimental forms of animation if you want to.

“Throughout the course, you have the chance to take on different roles and find what you enjoy the most. I started the course knowing I wanted to study animation but uncertain where I wanted to be when I graduated. AUB offered me the opportunities I needed to make that decision and to find my place in the industry.

“The course also offered work placement and study abroad options, which I really wanted to take advantage of.”

ROSie’s one piece of advice

“Persevere! It can be easy to find yourself without motivation or burnt out on something that you were originally passionate about. That doesn’t mean you’ve failed, because you’ll learn from those mistakes.

“It’s a challenge that when you find your way through makes the endpoint so much more rewarding.”