Media Design School Student Develops Initiative to Support Local Foodbank

Fergus Candy, a student in the third year of Media Design School’s Bachelor of Art and Design (3D and VFX), scripted and created a short animation for Presbyterian Support Northern to help them with their foodbank appeal. The clip shows Sergeant Canny recruiting a food army to fill the shelves at the foodbank.

The purpose of the clip was to raise awareness of the need and to increase donations to the foodbank. Winter routinely sees demand for food parcels rise as those already on a tight budget struggle with the extra costs of the colder months. Candy says he chose to help Presbyterian Support Northern because he was eager to gain experience with a real life client and improve his skills. “I love projects that are challenging yet doable and this was for a good cause, so it was a double bonus,” he said.

The project was definitely a challenge for Candy as he only had two weeks to complete the clip. Normally, he is given the same timeframe for a 15 second animation. “I didn’t get much sleep for the last two or three days before the deadline. It’s hard to estimate exactly how many hours it took but I was pretty happy with the final product.”

Daniel Barthow, general manager for communications and fundraising at Presbyterian Support Northern, says his expectations were exceeded when he saw the finished product. “The clip was fantastic. We were very impressed with Fergus’s ability to turn our idea into a polished and professional animation and grateful that he was willing to do it voluntarily.”