A COLLEGE lecturer’s dreams came true after he won an international film award for an animation based on the bombing of Hiroshima during World War Two.
Jonathan Mortimer of Carron, a 3D animation lecturer at Adam Smith College in Glenrothes, got the red carpet treatment in Mittweida, Germany, when he secured the prize at the Swan Lake Moving Images and Music Awards festival.
His Manga-style, one minute 55 seconds long film is called ‘43’ after the number of seconds it took the atomic bomb to hit the Japanese city of Hiroshima when it left an American warplane on August 6, 1945 killing up to 166,000 people.
“It’s a sensitive piece from a child’s perspective,” said Jonathan. “We forget history is always written by the victors.
“This was one of the events which effectively ended the war, taking many innocent lives. I’d love to extend it into a short film and go to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Museum. It would also be great to hear some feedback on it from Japan.’’
Jonathan’s love of the Far East doesn’t stop with his filming either. He admits to being “heavily into” martial arts. He is a 4th Dan jujitsu instructor and does kung fu, judo and kickboxing, and is a member of the Falkirk MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Academy.
He studied graphic design at Forth Valley College before heading on to Paisley University and graduating with a Masters degree in multimedia and computer animation in 2008.
The talented 25-year-old also revealed his inspiration for his creations come from his dreams.
He added: “I entered the awards in 2008 and came third so I’m very happy I got back there and actually won. The film has now been entered for other awards so we’ll have to wait and see if it can lead to more success.
“Seeing me out there winning things like this on an international level seems to inspire my students so it has had a positive effect on others as well.”