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Mike McCartney brings The Weirdos to Edge Hill

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A former student from Edge Hill University is joining forces with Mike McGear-McCartney, younger brother of The Beatles’ legend Paul McCartneyto bring to life his ‘Weirdo’ series of sketches.

Peter Miller, from Wrexham, graduated from Edge Hill in 2017 with a degree in Animation, and went on to scoop the prestigious Royal Television Society North West Student Award for Animation for his film Peregrine the Pathetic (vimeo.com/231524405).

This made Peter the perfect partner for artist and photographer Mike.

“When my former lecturer Alex Jukes (Senior Lecturer in Animation) emailed me and said Mike wanted someone to help bring his stories to life, I couldn’t say no,” said Peter. “His drawings are so impressive, they’re like those from old fashioned traditional magazines.

“I love comedy and surreal animation and I thought this would be right up my street.”

Peter is in the process of creating a video storyboard with Mike’s sketches, and the end product will be 10-15 second vignettes in black and white with flashes of bright colour here and there.

As well as animating his sketches, Mike is also recording the audio for them in Edge Hill’s recording studios and sound editing suites, working with Senior Lecturer in Music Sound and Audio Production, Gary Westhead.

Mike is a key member of the famous Liverpool band The Scaffold which was founded in the 1960s, and The Weirdo characters Blob and Beaky even graced the band’s first single cover.

This collaboration brought Mike to Edge Hill for the first time, and he expressed how impressed he was with the University.

“It’s a little hidden gem,” said Mike. “The campus is so open and everyone I’ve met is so nice. If I was a student now I would want to go to Edge Hill. It took my breath away.”

Find out more about studying animation at Edge Hill here: www.edgehill.ac.uk/courses/animation

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