Rainbow Trout Films of Ripponden has become the first UK firm to win a prestigious German Agency Award for their work on a local business website.

Director James Mellor was contracted to create video animations for local business Ocean Learning Ltd, also based in Ripponden.

The animations took the prize in the film category of the German Agency Awards, which recognise creative excellence from all over Europe.

James has been in the film and television industry for more than 15 years and has worked on numerous film and TV productions including Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Last of The Summer Wine, London’s Burning, Doctors, Rocket Man, Wheeler Dealers, Car of the Year and The Real Holiday Show.

The company has also worked on corporate films, event filming, documentaries, feature films, TV drama, promo spots and trailers.

James said “I entered the German Agency Award at the recommendation of a client I have worked with in Berlin.

“I thought it was a great way to showcase UK talent within the European arena.

“I am thrilled we were successful, and have been able to share this award with our partners on this project.”

Paul Kenny, MD of Ocean Learning, said “When we relaunched our website we were looking for new ways to communicate our brand and our courses. We worked closely with Halifax based Prime Creative to create the new site and had the idea of using short animated films as a fresh and engaging way to communicate our message.”

“James, an experienced film-maker, worked really well with the team at Prime Creative and with local illustrator Kate Taylor to produce a series of short animations, that we thought captured the spirit of our business perfectly.”

Sue Fearnsides, director at Prime Creative, said: “We are delighted that the awards highlight the wealth of talent available here in Calderdale.

“James’s award demonstrates that our creative talents can compete with any in Europe.”

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