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Fears and anxieties inspire graduate’s moving animation

30 July 2015

Sarah Jones

UCLan graduate Jordan addresses the consequences of bullying

A local graduate has developed a compelling animated short film inspired by the phobias and fears people experience throughout life.

Jordan King-McCoy, a 21-year-old former University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) animation student from Lostock Hall, spent his third year of study developing the film Bitter Reunion.

The three minute film sees a doctor who discovers that the patient who he’s performing a critical operation on is in fact a bully from his own childhood.

Jordan talked at length about his inspiration for the film and how it developed: “From looking at fears and anxieties, it evolved into this traumatic experience that this person has had.

“It looks at how he overcomes it, tries to be a better person and doesn’t take it out on the bully from his past. Basically, becoming a better man.”

“From looking at fears and anxieties, it evolved into this traumatic experience that this person has had.”

From the process of storyboarding, pre-production, production and the final finished project, Bitter Reunion has gone through many creative changes as a whole.

“It’s been through a lot, when it started off it was completely different to the final project. It had more text and typography” Jordan, who graduated from the University last week with a 2.1 degree, remarked.

Jordan used a variety of different software to create the film, which took seven months to complete. After studying graphic design at Runshaw College and then continuing his studies at UCLan, he felt accomplished in Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects to create the best animation possible.

The film could go even further as Jordan discussed: “On Facebook there are many festivals and competitions I can enter my film in so I’m looking at doing that in the future.”