Meet the Scholar: Drew Roper

2012 Sky Academy Arts Scholar, Drew Roper is an Animation Director who’s recently completed film “At-Issue” premiered on Sky Arts in January this year.

The animated film fuses stop-motion, 2D animation and CG bringing to life the main character 'Bartholomew' who attempts to realise his dream job as an actor.

The brummie based creative has since opened his own studio 'Yamination' who’ve helped build props and sets for TV commercials for Cravendale and Coca-cola.

We found out how the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship has helped in Drew's development and what plans he has for the future.

What drew you to animation in the first place?

Firstly, ha, well I guess as cliché as it sounds, I’ve always wanted to be Walt Disney (or a footballer) so growing up watching the genius of Disney’s work was extremely inspiring!

How has the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship enabled you to pursue your love for animation?

The Sky Academy scholarship enabled me to dedicate and focus my time on productively developing my short film “At-issue” which subsequently has had a huge hand with developing my own career, working with and meeting so many new and incredibly talented people and officially open up the doors of Yamination Studios.

Do you think you would have achieved as much as you have now without the Scholarship?

Well, quite simply, no. I generally feel that without the Scholarship, it would have been increasingly difficult to have ever achieved what I have done to date, in such a short time-frame. It’s been incredible and continues to be.

The support has been amazing, not only from Sky but other incredible peers and organisations. What the Scholarship has done is given myself and those supporting me the confidence to show more support to help propel myself and the studio to new ventures which (here comes the cheese) is enabling me to pursue my dream.

What does the future hold for you or where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Pfft. Who’s to say? You never know what’s around the corner. I’m an ambitious chap. I’d love to have some sort of TV series or feature in development in the next 5 years. That’s the main dream.

Over-ambitiousness aside, it’s incredible to be able to work on TV commercials, promo’s and shorts alone, so if we can manage to keep that up and perhaps get a chance to develop our own content, (which all this still leads to that bigger goal of Feature/Series work) that will be a huge achievement in its own right. We’ll just have to keep working hard and see what happens…

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are open to artists in the UK and Ireland aged 18-30, and offer £30k/€40k towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from Sky and the arts industry. Applications are now open – apply here.



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