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Clive gets gong from Simpsons creator

Matt Groening – a name synonymous with great animation – has awarded a student from Middlesex University a top animation prize.

Matt Groening – a name synonymous with great animation – has awarded a student from Middlesex University a top animation prize.

Final year BA Animation student Clive Shaw picked up the Shooting People film of the month award judged by creator of the cult animated programmes The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening. Clive’s piece was based on the 1960s Peter and Jane Ladybird stories from the Key Words Reading Scheme.

Matt Groening said: “Clive Shaw’s almost dialogue-free ‘Girls and Boys’ plays like a funny and slightly disturbing dream. I love it when animation does this, cramming quick jokes and reveals in a short amount of time. The memorable music by Jude Cowan and Matt Armstrong support the weird goings-on, and make the cartoon great for multiple viewings. Well done!

"Judging this animation was a fun yet daunting honour. It was fun for the sheer joy of being surprised by such clever work, and daunting because all the nominees were superb. I will be on the lookout for the great animation to come from these artists."

Clive, who lives in Southwark, was inspired by visiting north London on the tube. He said: “When you emerge from the tunnel before Arnos Grove station you see loads of old semi-detached houses, I felt like I was in a book. My animation is all about kids coming out to play and is a tribute to north London.”

In the animation Ladybird characters Peter, Jane, Pat the dog and friends set out on a night time adventure which culminates at the House of Commons in this wonderfully composed animation.

Clive, originally from Liverpool, said: “This award is massive for me, it gives me great pride to be recognised in this way. I must also give credit to the musicians, Jude and Matt, who worked with me on this. I will treasure Matt Groening’s comments forever – he is the daddy of animation!”

Middlesex University BA Animation course leader Jonathan Hodgson, who suggested Clive enter the competition, said: “Shooting People is a well known website for animation professionals, so to win is a great honour for a current student. It is testament to Clive’s hard work and creativity that he has won this award – I am delighted for him.”

In the future Clive intends to continue studying animation by taking a masters course.

Click here to watch Clive's winning animation.

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