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Swansea animators' Reign of Death becomes feature film
image from the short film
A short film version has been screened in London and California

A science-fiction short film, animated by Swansea students starring Bafta award-winner Noel Clarke, is to be made into a full-length feature film.

Reign of Death, initially released as a short film in 2009, follows private eye Clarke and his animated robotic partner, Jimmy the Snitch, in their pursuit of a robotic murder suspect.

It is a 1940s sci-fi noir murder mystery, directed by Doctor Who concept artist Matt Savage.

...it's darker and more sinister in tone
Matt Savage

It uses CGI characters and backdrops that were animated by students from Swansea Metropolitan University's 3D computer animation degree course.

The short version has been screened at the London Independent Film Festival, Sci-Fi London and the Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.

Matt Savage, who has previously created concept art for films including The Dark Knight and Kick-Ass, said: "It follows an investigative storyline, with Noel's gumshoe character taking the lead. The short was an experiment in creating a visually interesting environment within which to tell our story.

"The new feature takes place within the same universe as the short, but it's darker and more sinister in tone."

The students involved were Jordan Davies and Frederick Hughes from Port Talbot, Stephen Williams from Llanwrda in Carmarthenshire, Nick Cox from Yeovil in Somerset and Linus Hoffman from County Cork in Ireland.

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