Award winning 2D Animation Studio based in Yorkshire, UK

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New Award win!

Fettle Animation won a brand new award at The Royal Television Society Yorkshire Awards on Friday 14th June at a ceremony the Queens’ Hotel in Leeds

Fettle Animation with RTS Yorkshire trophy Director Zane Whittingham (left), Producer Kath Shackleton (centre) Animator Ryan Jones (right) Photo Paul Harness

We won Best Animation for “Mr Shapeshifter” made with GW Theatre Company. We adapted their powerful schools show into an engaging online animation.

The piece aims to help keep young children safe from Child Sexual abuse, through an imaginative story, devised by GW Theatre in collaboration with the Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire and a group of schools and local authorities across Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

“Mr Shapeshifter controls all the stories in the world, including the one Jack and Jess are stuck in. The only way to escape is to turn his story into their story…but how can they do that when Jess hates Jack, and Jack can’t even remember what his story was? Two very different kids band together to defeat a manipulative super-villain who wants to steal their childhood so he can live forever.”

This was launched by Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England at an event earlier in the year, and is being used in classrooms across the country to help to address this important issue.

For Fettle, this project was an opportunity to explore longer form, dramatic, lip synched animation and develop new techniques.

Animator and Director Zane Whittingham designed the characters and locations which were brought to life by Animator Ryan Jones. He also designed magical special effects to show how Mr Shapeshifter transforms to assume the form of characters familiar in the children’s lives.

We worked with The Den, Lion Eyes TV and FutureWorks to record the audio. Jamie Salisbury, from The Composer Works composed new music to bring the final polish to the piece.

The Royal Television Society is an educational charity which celebrates work in television and its related fields. They organised a glamorous ceremony with stars from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge and the exceptional behind the scenes talent from Yorkshire’s favourite TV shows. The evening also recognised the team behind Leeds’ winning bid that secured Channel 4’s new national headquarters in the Yorkshire region. We were presented our award by former Gogglebox star and Songs of Praise presenter Rev Kate Bottley who made the evening sparkle with humour!

The judges comments were

The winning animation was an innovative way of communicating a difficult message. This was a complementary piece that would engage its target audience and lead to effective conversations and discussions.”

Fettle Producer Kath Shackleton said

“We were thrilled to receive this award, for what has been an experimental and innovative educational project for us. This also recognition of our ongoing animation work in Yorkshire. The awards ceremony was also a fabulous opportunity for us to meet other regional and international production companies to explore new ideas for future collaborations. We are developing broadcast animation projects in the year ahead.”

The work sits on an especially designed website mrshapeshifter.com and is also an illustrated book.

More photos of the evening here

Video from BBC Look North about the animation launch