Student Spotlight: Chloe Kacperski

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Who or what inspires you? 

I'm inspired by anything and everything! From the little plants growing through the cracks in the pavement to conversations for passersby, there is inspiration everywhere If you just look for it. 

In terms of animation, I love the director Elliot Dear. His commercial work, especially the John Lewis advert The Bear and the Hare and the BBC Christmas advert The Supporting Act were hugely influential to me when deciding to pursue animation. 

Tell us about your final year project

My final year project is a short stop motion film/music video about two girlfriends who have to adjust to a long distance relationship when one of them moves across the country for university.  

Can creativity save the world?

After all the isolation of the pandemic, creativity was such a huge part of what got us through it. From film, television, and books, to baking and crafting, these became such vital outlets to deal with the enormity of the pandemic and its effect on us. In my opinion, at this darkest point creativity truly did save the world, and I believe it can continue to do so. 

Where has your creative journey taken you since starting at USW? What projects are you working on at the moment?

I've managed to do so many things I never would have imagined whilst studying at USW! I got to work on a documentary for BBC Wales that actually aired on the TV, and seeing my name and all my coursemates who worked on it too in the credits was so exciting! I also managed to earn an internship working on the Wallace and Gromit mobile app which was a new and exciting experience for me. I wouldn't have had the chance to do any of this or many other exciting projects if not for the university.  

What creative projects do you have planned next?

Recently I started making clay hand-painted pin badges and put them up on my Etsy shop (Cloooster). To my surprise, all 10 badges sold out within the same day as posting about them! So I’m currently designing more pin badges to make, whilst also planning other little short film ideas and puppet builds to boost my animation portfolio. 

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself as a first year starting at USW? 

Whilst I might tell myself not to be scared or to just go for it, overall I wouldn't want to change my uni experience at all! Even the small awkward first encounters turned into great friendships and any mistakes made along the way turned into learning experiences, making me the person I am today. 

What makes studying Animation at USW so special?

It’s like one big animation family, even if that sounds a little corny. The lecturers are mad in the best, most creative way, and they worked hard to help me get the best out of the course. My coursemates were like my second family; with our shared love of animation we all got on like a house on fire! And there are so many animation related events going on in Cardiff, like Cardiff Animation Night in Kongs or animation screenings at Chapters, that made the perfect class bonding trips beyond the classrooms.