A BLOWN away pair of pants have helped a university graduate pick up his second BAFTA.
Just a day after returning to the University of Sunderland to offer advice to current students, animator Jardine Sage, 28, received the prestigious award.
He won the accolade for the animation with his team for Share A Story, a competition CITV runs for children aged five to 12-years-old to write and storyboard an idea, which is then turned into animation.
The BAFTA winning story, The Possessed Pants, written By Daisy McDonald, shows two children who are trying to capture a pair of pants that have flown away.
Jardine, who has also won a Cannes Lions Gold Award, said: “It was incredibly surprising and very humbling. The category had fierce competition so it felt very special to even have the series nominated. It’s the third nomination and second success for Share a Story, so it’s wonderful to see it continue to grow from strength to strength each year. “My time at the University of Sunderland was integral to my development, as it afforded me the three years where I learnt my craft. I had amazing support from Ros Allen who is the programme leader for the Animation and Design course in Sunderland, and I am still in contact with her today as a result.
“I would say that I was also very lucky, to be a part of an amazing team at CITV and the success that we’ve all had in the past couple of years.”
CITV’s Production Team BAFTA award winning moment came the day after Jardine, originally from Suffolk, returned to the university campus to offer industry advice to current students. Jardine was one of many successful graduates who returned to the city as part of Design Employability Day, which offered final year students a chance to liaise with industry professionals, make contacts and improve their portfolios.
Employers from companies such as Hallmark, Saatchi & Saatchi, the Leith Agency in Edinburgh and Rufus Design Group in Sunderland, attended to offer help and encouragement to dozens of students armed with their individual portfolios of work.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, Julie Mennell, said: “This is excellent news and well done to Jardine, and to the faculty team.”