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Animation graduates want to help others find jobs
TWO North-East graduates are hoping to use their experiences of setting up their own film and design company to help other students find their dream job.
Yellow Snow Studio was founded six months ago by Teesside University computer animation graduates Rob Skene and Mike Lawrence.
Already, the company has taken on a third member of staff, Teesside University computer science student Oliver Perry, for a one year placement as a lead programmer.
Rob and Mike hope to be able to use Yellow Snow to employ more graduates in the future and also use their example to encourage more people to consider setting up their own business.
After graduating in 2011, Mike initially worked in a call centre before Teesside University helped him find a three-month paid internship with Middlesbrough-based 3D computer graphics specialists Animmersion.
The internship reignited his love for animation and, together with Rob, he founded Yellow Snow Studio.
The business produces a range of products including promotional infographic adverts, music videos and animated web series.
Taking on Oliver allows Yellow Snow to handle more technical work such as web design and company re-branding.
The business has now moved into new premises at Teesside University's start-up units at the Victoria Building on Victoria Road, Middlesbrough.
Mike said: "We are trying to get enough work under our belts to create jobs for those students who are far more talented than us, but weren't lucky enough to land on their feet after graduation.
Mike and Rob intend to work alongside Teesside University's entrepreneurs@tees to help more people set up their own business.
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