A Buckinghamshire New University student who swapped a job in the shopping aisles for computers in the classroom has won a top award for emerging talent in the games and animation industry.
Alex Gray, studying BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects, was the Animation category winner in the Sumo Digital Rising Star Animation and VFX section of the leading Grads in Games awards, held at the University of Hertfordshire.
The ambitious second-year student, who worked in a supermarket prior to starting his degree, was among four winners from 22 finalists in the industry-leading games development competition, which attracted entries from more than 800 students.
He said: “I didn’t expect to do so well and went in to the competition just hoping to challenge. I had two weeks to complete the brief I was given and would normally take up to a month to carry out a similar piece of work.
“I used the equipment at Bucks New University to create the 36-second piece, a battle clip featuring a figure with weapons, and the skills acquired so far on my degree have helped in my achievement.”
“Grads in Games is well-respected in the industry and I hope some of the contacts made will lead to internships this summer.”
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