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Schoolboy, 12, to front TV show; JUNIOR ANIMATOR JACK'S TRIP TO THE STATES A 'DREAM COME TRUE'.

Byline: Arryn Buggins

A SCHOOLBOY from south Warwickshire is to present a TV show for the BBC from the USA.

Jack Van Spall, aged 12, of Deppers Bridge, near Southam, has just been given the job of taking part in a CBBC show in the Call the Shots series, which starts a run in July.

He will present a 10-minute special from behind the scenes of the new animated adventure film about Sinbad.

Jack will fly out to Los Angeles on Easter Monday with a BBC film crew.

Stephen Spielberg's company, Dreamworks, has offered a rare opportunity to the BBC to go behind the scenes and film part of the production in the making.

Jack will be helping to plan and film the special, as well as presenting the finished programme to British viewers.

He said: "I first got into animation over a year ago and a friend took me to the Animation Station.

"I did a lot of work before that, filming and editing my own stuff.

"I am pleased that I have been chosen to go to California because I would like to meet the animators of the movie Sinbad and ask them a few questions about how they got started and what sort of ideas they are using.

"I am also excited about being in the TV programme Call the Shots.

"Going to Dreamworks is like a dream come true to me. I have always wanted to see people working on a film and talk to them, and also work on the TV programme myself."

Jack was auditioned by the BBC at the Animation Station in Banbury. He works there on animated films, and is currently shooting a small film that he wrote. He has been making films at home and working on animation - both modelling clay models and drawn figures - for more than a year. Jack uses animation techniques with a digital camera, as well as computer animation.

arryn.buggins@mrn.co.uk

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CALLING THE SHOTS: Jack Van Spall pictured with some of his own animated characters. Picture: MARK RADFORD
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