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Charlotte Lights Up World

Course: MA Animation

An Animation student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has had her worked recognised at Hollywood film festival.

Charlotte Blacker, a student on the MA Animation course was asked by ex-Disney special effects animator David Bunting to work on award winning film ‘Light up the World’. This short film, which premiered at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics, also won an award at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood.

Charlotte, who suffers with dyslexia, was asked to assist with the animation for the short film, which celebrates the history of the Paralympics from its inception at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to London 2012 and its handover to Brazil in 2016. The film explores the Paralympic values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality.

‘Light up the World’ is a collaboration of work from 497 disabled and non-disabled children and young people from 24 school and 12 countries across the globe. From March to the end of June 2012 they worked alongside 10 disabled and deaf animators and artists, eight Paralympians and two disabled musicians, celebrating the history of how the Games began and exploring the Paralympic values.