During December, 32 first year Extended Diploma graphic design students from Kingston College attended a one- day workshop at the BBC, where they worked with professional animators and illustrators to create and produce two 30 second stop-frame animations.
The project required students to research, illustrate and animate two high profile news stories that occurred in 2010. One animation told the story of the Chilean Mining Disaster, while the other explained the events of the Icelandic Ash Cloud.
On the day of the BBC workshop, students worked in small groups with the animators to plan, build and light 3D model sets, based on drawings completed in college.
Students were involved in all stages of production and filming, gaining valuable experience in using the animation software, Pro Animate.
The final animations, including a voice-over soundtrack of a poem read by Sir Terry Wogan, are due to be broadcast on the BBC website on 30 December 2010.