Student Jessedrie has taken his first step to fulfilling his dream of working for Pixar Animation Studios in America.

Blessed Trinity's Year 11 Jezz, 16, has just won the runners-up prize in a national animation competition for Year 10 and 11 students.

It was the KS4 individual category at Animation 17 at Manchester University – a national competition involving 368 schools.

“I had to make a one-minute animation and it was called ‘Steps to Success’," said Jezz.




"I used the animation of a bookworm, who I called Mr Blackburn after my ICT, Computing and Business Curriculum Leader at Blessed Trinity.

“Step One was start at the bottom, Step Two was reach for the top, Step Three was to accept failures and Step Four was work around the clock.

“I got involved with animation in Year Eight at Blessed Trinity and I really enjoy it.

“I am going onto Nelson and Colne College to study Games Programme Software Development and you have to aim high so I want to work for Pixar.”

Jezz is thoroughly embracing his task having recently taken a lead role in Blessed Trinity’s production of Oliver!

“I was Bill Sykes. They say that animation is not just about computers but also to take part in acting as it will help to influence my animations and convey my stories so that’s what I have been doing. I was in the school production of Bugsy Malone last year as well.”

Not only that but kind-hearted Jezz works at Dr  Barnado’s on Saturdays in Burnley voluntarily.

“It started as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award but I carried it on. I enjoy helping people and you do meet all kinds of interesting people who could appear in an animation in the future!"

 “We are all really proud of Jezz , I just wish he had called his bookworm something else!” said teacher Mr Blackburn.