- Posted by info 19 Feb
The whole team at LoveLove Films are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted as finalists for two RTS Southern Centre Awards – On-Line Production for our animated documentary Chin Up and Graphics for LoveLove Animator Joe Simpson.
The Royal Television Society, or RTS, is the oldest television society in the world. The RTS Awards are the gold standard of achievement in the television community, each year recognising excellence across the entire range of programme making and broadcasting skills. The RTS regional centres award the very best in television production from the region.
The LoveLove team are ecstatic to have been named finalists for these two RTS Southern Centre Awards after being thrilled to win an RTS back in 2018.
The categories we are nominated for are On-Line Production for our animated documentary Chin Up and a craft award for Graphics/Animation for our Animator Joe Simpson, against companies such as BBC and ITV.
The On-Line Production category is intended to promote the growing excellence in producing content specifically for viewing online. Chin Up was conceived when LoveLove Films won the MOFILM ‘Year of the Woman’ pitch with an animated documentary which is our animator JoAnne Salmon’s story from being one in fifty thousand babies born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a genetic condition characterised by deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones and chin, which causes breathing problems and hearing difficulties, to currently living her dreams as an animator. MOFILM’s Many Voices was a global competition that saw filmmakers propose film ideas to answer the question ‘What does the year of women mean where you are? Hundreds of filmmakers from 26 countries proposed film ideas, and Chin Up was lucky enough to be selected.
Throughout her childhood, JoAnne loved to draw herself as heroic characters to escape the insecurity and feeling of being different that came with her condition. However, JoAnne never drew her facial features any differently to fit the scene of a heroic warrior or mystical mermaid. The documentary touches on poignant milestones that have impacted JoAnne and made her the strong and inspirational woman that she is today, highlighting on the female empowerment that is giving 2018 the great ‘Year of Women’ status. JoAnne’s story fits into a much larger story of women in today’s society and the way positive change is happening, and she touches on this with her unique outlook within Chin Up.
Chin Up was narrated, illustrated and animated by JoAnne, giving a true insight to growing up with a visible disability. JoAnne and the LoveLove Films animation team created the documentary with intricate 2D mixed media using childhood photos mixed in with beautiful and colourful illustrations and animation.
In addition to Chin Up being nominated, LoveLove Films’ Animator and former Bournemouth University student Joe Simpson is also up for an award; Joe has been with us since 2017, first joining us through our award-winning New Talent Placement Scheme after meeting us at Bournemouth University’s ‘Meet the Professionals’ event ran by the RTS, and has since gone on to become an integral part of the team.
Speaking of the nomination for graphics, Animator Joe said;
“I introduced myself to LoveLove Films’ MD Georgina Hurcombe at an RTS meet the professionals event at BU in 2017. So it feels pretty serendipitous to be up for an actual RTS industry award where I’ll be representing the great work we do together at LoveLove Films. Being entered for this award is just one of the many opportunities I have been given at LoveLove Films and I’m so thrilled that a prestigious society like the RTS has acknowledged my work, it’s a real honour!”
LoveLove Films’ Managing Director Georgina Hurcombe stated:
“We are absolutely delighted and super proud of the team to be nominated for such a prestigious award such as an RTS. For us it’s an absolute honour to be in the same categories as huge powerhouses such as the BBC and ITV. The LoveLove studio are extremely excited and for us its always really wonderful and humbling to have our work and team recognised by other industry professionals, I know I can speak for the whole team when I say we will be crossing our fingers and toes and we very much look forwards to the black tie award ceremony.”
The RTS Southern Centre Awards 2019 takes place on Friday 8th March at a black tie gala dinner at Winchester Guildhall.
The LoveLove team wish all the nominees the best of luck and we will be crossing our fingers that we bring another RTS back to the studio.
To find out more about the RTS awards: https://rts.org.uk/awards