Portsmouth boy’s Morph animation

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YOU might think that taking hundreds of photos of a plasticine figurine would require a lot of patience, but not for 13-year-old Jordan Vigay.

The Fratton youngster poured his passion for animation into creating a one-minute film starring the clay-coloured character Morph.

Portsmouth youngster ''Jordan Vigay with his animation characters. ''Pictue: Allan Hutchings (142658-364)

Portsmouth youngster ''Jordan Vigay with his animation characters. ''Pictue: Allan Hutchings (142658-364)

Jordan’s film, called Piece of Cake, won second place in a competition run by Aardman Animations, the Bristol-based studio behind Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run.

Jordan said making the Morph film itself seemed like a ‘piece of cake’.

He said: ‘I was really happy about the result.

‘I didn’t find it needed much patience because I find it so much fun.’

Jordan Vigay. ''Pictue: Allan Hutchings (142658-400)

Jordan Vigay. ''Pictue: Allan Hutchings (142658-400)

Aardman co-founder and Morph creator Peter Lord, 60, said Jordan’s entry was: ‘a really well-told story, very nice camera angles, very skilful animation and charming.’

The character Morph has been around since the 1970s when he featured in Vision On, a TV show created for deaf children.

Aardman ran the competition encouraging young animators to make their own films to mark the launch of a new Morph channel on the video-sharing website YouTube.

Jordan said he made his Morph film over two weeks using a webcam. He said the film had 15 frames a second, which meant taking more than 570 shots.

He said: ‘In my film, he sees a jam tart at the top of a tall mountain of video and DVD cases.

‘He has a tape measure and he winds it out and latches it onto the top of the pile and climbs up.

‘He is just about to eat the jam tart when he sees his friend on another pile of books, so he uses the tape measure as a bridge so the friend can get across and they can both eat it.’

Jordan, who is homeschooled, said he started doing animations when he was just seven years old using his dad’s video camera.

He said he wanted to work for Aardman and make animated films for a living when he was older.

‘I’d like to work for them one day,’ hje said.

Jordan also write comics, and was featured in The News last year after his work was featured in the 100th issue of The Phoenix comic book.

Jordan’s Morph film and his other animations can be found online at youtube.com/user/Jordanimations1.

To watch a video interview with Jordan talking about his Morph film click here.