An­i­ma­tion suc­cess for SIT stu­dent


South­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy stu­dent Nina Lee-Simp­son will be the first from the in­sti­tute to in­tern with Me­chanic An­i­ma­tion in Welling­ton.

Lee-Simp­son was awarded the in­tern­ship and $500 to­wards travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion at the South­sure In­sur­ance Emerg­ing Artist Awards on Thurs­day.

The bach­e­lor of screen arts in an­i­ma­tion stu­dent said the prospect of work­ing with the com­pany, which has worked on in­ter­na­tional projects in­clud­ing Marvel’s Spi­der­man, Avengers As­sem­ble and Guardians of the Galaxy TV se­ries, was daunt­ing but ex­cit­ing.

Lee-Simp­son would be work­ing as an in­tern for two and a half weeks in April next year, with po­ten­tial to bag a job af­ter her stud­ies.

‘‘It means in­stead of school things, it’s a po­ten­tial op­por­tu­nity.’’

She was most look­ing for­ward to learn­ing how to work faster and more ef­fi­ciently, as well and learn­ing about new pro­grammes, she said.

‘‘The work is go­ing to be in­tense. ‘‘I’ll learn to live and do it as a job. It’s a chance to be in [the in­dus­try] and see what it’s like.’’

She made films us­ing dif­fer­ent tech­niques, in­clud­ing stock mo­tion, 3D, 2D and vis­ual ef­fects.

‘‘I kind of like ev­ery­thing in an­i­ma­tion.’’

Her favourite style was chil­dren’s an­i­ma­tion, which adults could en­joy too.

‘‘I’ve liked telling sto­ries since I was a kid and I liked draw­ing as a kid, so some­one told me I could do both as a job and get paid.’’

SIT pro­gramme man­ager for vis­ual arts, film and an­i­ma­tion Kathryn McCully said the in­sti­tute was try­ing to build re­la­tion­ships with com­pa­nies in the in­dus­try.

In their first year, stu­dents had to sub­mit a port­fo­lio of work, CV, cover let­ter and were in­ter­viewed for the in­tern­ship.

‘‘An in­tern­ship re­ally is a foot in the door,’’ McCully said.

Lee-Simp­son had a record of aca­demic suc­cess, was hard work­ing, well-re­searched and was clear in her cover let­ter about what she wanted, she said.

This year was a trial with just two ap­pli­ca­tions, but McCully hoped the pro­gramme would gain more in­ter­est in com­ing years.

Other win­ners at the awards in­cluded first year stu­dent Mar­cus Beirowski who won both the Emerg­ing Artist of the Year Award and re­ceived $2000 and Ex­cel­lence in Film award and re­ceived $500, and Matthew Wilmshurst who was the run­ner up to the Emerg­ing Artist of the Year Award and re­ceived $500.


South­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy bach­e­lor of screen arts in an­i­ma­tion stu­dent Nina Lee-Simp­son won an in­tern­ship with Me­chanic An­i­ma­tion.

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