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.