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Jimmy Young

Young Open 2020 Judge

James completed his Bachelor’s degree in Animation at the University of Wales College, Caerleon campus in Newport (UWCN), now known as the University of Wales (USW). Graduating in 2000 he starting working for the Award winning animation studio Aardman Animations. He has been at the studio for over 19 years as a senior puppet maker, working on everything from broadcast to feature films.  Hit Shows like  Shaun the Sheep,  Pirates in an adventure with Scientists and house hold favourites Wallace and Gromit are some the of few titles he has worked on.

James also spends his time speaking at university’s around the country, most recently sitting on the advisory board for the model making course at the National Film and Television school in London. Amongst many other projects, he has helped raise money for the Grand appeal in Bristol by creating Fethertron 3000 for the Gromit unleashed 2 trail. He also made appearances on the hit show ‘Tested’ on YouTube, speaking about the animation industry and his love of everything Aardman.

He is currently working on an exciting new project partnered with Netflix called ‘Robin Robin’, which is due for release at Christmas 2020.