Gongs for local movie maker and she’s only 14

Gongs for local movie maker and she’s only 14

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Luna Sierra has won an award for her animated film Star under the school category in the 2019 WAnimate “3 thirty” Animation competition. Photograph — Aaron Van Rongen.

A 14-year-old girl, who has been drawing and creating animation since she was only three-years-old, has received awards from none other than Walt Disney and WAnimate for two of her animated films.

On Tuesday night Luna Sierra screened her latest film, called Star, which tells a story about a robot that’s trying to learn how to do magic to become like his role model but after failing and giving up the book he then has other uncontrollable plans.

It took the Thornlie Christian College student a couple of months to put together the winning 30-second animated film to be able to participate in the WAnimate “3 thirty” Animation Competition under the school category.

Although Luna said time management was her biggest enemy during the production, she managed to set her priorities straight and finish the final product on time.

She said the film was also given the Outstanding Animation Award Special Mention 2018 by her screen academy Filmbites for her participation in a Walt Disney animated films competition for her film Overqualified.

“All the doubts that I’ve had about being able to pursue animation and art as a career were muffled when I got to see the enjoyment of others while they watched my film,” she
said.

“Sorry if it sounds sappy but the moment I received the award holds a special place in my heart.”

After one very successful animated year for Luna, she has now decided to take a break from film projects for a while but said she is still keen on practising and developing her skills.

“I would like to make a career out of animation and visual art, I enjoy making things that make people smile,” she said.

“The animation would be my main goal to pursue and it’s incredible that I’m able to continue following my passion into college and beyond.”