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Her interest in drawing and storytelling continued, but at the end of her schooling she was told by a career advisor that she was far too shy to consider a career in the Arts, because you know what they say about shy people and art? No, neither do we.. Too late to reconsider a career in butchery and with no other calling she defied the advisor and took a Foundation course at Mansfield Art College followed by a Degree in Graphic Design at Lanchester University in Coventry. It was during this degree course that she realised how little she was interested in graphic arts and instead, found an interest in animation and film making.

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Alison Snowden grew up in Arnold, a small suburb of Nottingham, England. Her family came from a long line of butchers, but unfortunately Alison showed little talent in this area. Instead, she spent many hours in her bedroom writing stories and making puppets.

Her early attempts at animation peaked her interest in film directing and so she applied to Britain's National Film and Television School where she studied live action filmmaking. It was there that she met her partner, David Fine. He is less shy, so together they make one normal person. Alison Snowden grew up in Arnold, a small suburb of Nottingham, England. Her family came from a long line of butchers, but unfortunately Alison showed little talent in this area. Instead, she spent many hours in her bedroom writing stories and making puppets.

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Both Alison and David's interest in animation remained, despite their working in live action.  David introduced Alison to the animated short films of The National Film Board of Canada and, having never been inspired by traditional cartoon animation, she found this a revelation.  At the end of the four year course working in live action, she embarked on her short animated film Second Class Mail. This film won numerous awards including an Oscar nomination and thus led to pursuing a career with David.

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