Award-winning Animator Does Great Job Inspiring Students

It was standing-room only at a guest lecture for University of Chester Media students this week.

Curtis Jobling, an animator and author whose credits include Bob the Builder and work with animation giants Aardman (who are most famous for Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep), met with students in Warrington on Wednesday.

Michelle Ponting, who runs the BA and MA Radio Production programmes, organised the visit.

She said: “Great turnout at the guest session. Curtis seemed to go down very well!”

Mr Jobling Tweeted after the event: “What a great crowd of students (and lecturers) and some unexpected and testing questions!”

Caroline Ford, Deputy Head of the Music, Media and Performing Arts department, sat in on the talk.

She said: “It was really good. He talked about his passion for storytelling, which was brilliant. Obviously he’s worked in animation and now he’s a writer and he’s done all these different things, but it’s an experience relevent to everyone in media, and I think that’s why there were no seats left.

“We had students from right across the programme attend. He was just very engaging and he talked about the joy of working within the creative industry.”

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