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Exciting News for Yessica’s Journey – Visiting Nathan at Aardman Animations

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Aardman Animations Website

On the 25th and 26th of October I was very excited to be asked by Nathan Sale to visit Aardman Animations in Bristol. He is the Head of Lighting and has kindly offered to help me with advice on purchasing lighting and camera equipment for the Yessica’s Journey Project. He has also offered a great deal of support and his professional expertise. I am so thrilled to have been given this amazing opportunity and I would like to thank Nathan for his kindness, interest and his support with the project. Please read below for more details about my visit.

Anastacia at Aardman with Wallace and Gromit

Aardman Character

I had a fantastic time at Aardman Animations and loved every minute of it. Nathan showed me around the studios and it was so interesting to see how all the animations are created. It really is incredible to see how everything is made, the time, effort, attention to detail and expertise which goes into making these animations is just amazing. I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity and it has given me a lot of inspiration to work hard and keep going on the Yessica’s Journey Project. I also saw Nick Park who is the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep – this was great.

Nathan Sale, Head of Lighting at Aardman Animations

Morph is one of my all time favourite characters. I loved watching him with Tony Hart as a child in the seventies. I met him in real life for the first time, here he is below.

Characters from Aardman including Morph

After my visit to Aardman I had time to look around the City of Bristol which I really enjoyed. I walked around the river and there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky which I managed to take a photo of. Rainbows symbolise good and are a positive sign – a new beginning, transformation and growth. I really liked Bristol, it is a very warm and friendly place and it is the first time I have ever been. I also managed to visit the Cathedral and talked to a really nice woman called Elizabeth Mellor who is the Lay Minister.

Bristol Docks with Beautiful Rainbow

Bristol Temple Meads Station with Beautiful Rainbow

Nathan gave me a lovely gift, a walking Shaun the Sheep, which I love. He is so cute, I am going to use him as a little mascot to keep me going on this very long project – I have a lot of animating to do.

Gift from Nathan, a walking Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep in Reception at Aardman

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Below is a slideshow of images from my trip, including images at Aardman and around Bristol. See blog below for images from Aardman trip in slideshow.

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Slideshow of visit to meet Nathan at Aardman Animations

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Aardman Animations Website

Below are images I took of my visit to Aardman Animations in Bristol to see Nathan Sale who is the Head of Lighting. Nathan is kindly helping me with advice on purchasing Lighting and Camera Equipment for my project Yessica’s Journey. See blog above for more written details of visit.

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World Mental Health Day Event

Invite to the Beautiful Mind event in London to support World Mental Health Day

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My animation ‘Undine’ and my promotion showreel for ‘Yessica’s Journey’ is going to be shown at an event in London to support World Mental Health Day. The event is the Luxury beauty and Grooming Style Event in support of World Mental Health Day. There are other artists also exhibiting their films. This is great as it will help to promote the project.


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Yessica’s Head

Anastacia at her desk deep in thought about Yessica's Head

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This is a picture which my dad took of me with his new iPad. I am thinking about how to remake Yessica’s Head.


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Time to Change Article on Website

Anastacia's Blog Article on the National Time to Change Website

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Anastacia’s Article on the National Time to Change Website

I volunteered in July 2011 to help with the Time to Change event at the Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich. The campaign was about getting the public to engage in conversations about mental health and encourage talking to help end discrimination and the stigma attached to it. The ‘Time to Change’ staff asked me to write an article about my experience. This blog has gone on the main national website and on their facebook. I was absolutely thrilled to be asked. My original article on my blogsite is under the July month.


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Newspaper Article Time to Change Campaign

Anastacia and Oz at the Forum in Norwich 'Time to Change' campaign July 2010

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Time to Change Website

This picture was taken last year in July 2010 by the Eastern Daily Press to publicize the ‘Time to Change’ campaign. It was the second time I had volunteered and I was given the responsibility of taking photographs of the public, printing them out and then encouraging people to write pledges to help end mental health discrimination and stigma. Oz Osborne, who organised the event, (who is in the background of the image), introduced me to volunteering with this campaign. This helped me with my confidence and to speak out about my own mental ill health. This was quite a moment as I reluctantly agreed to have my picture taken and knew that people would see it in the paper. I had kept my illness a secret from many people initially.