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Liverpool Echo
Remy Greasley

Mersey teen impresses Bryce Dallas Howard to win Jurassic World contest

A boy from Merseyside will see his artwork in almost every cinema in the UK after winning a contest to design the film rating card for a new Jurassic World film.

Aaron Leeway, from Wirral, won the competition run by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to design the black film rating card that will be shown before UK screenings of new film Jurassic World: Dominion. Judges from Universal Pictures and the BBFC chose a shortlist of submissions before the film's star, Bryce Dallas Howard, selected Aaron's artwork as the winner.

The movie star, who was also in Twilight, and Elton John biopic, Rocketman, said: "There were so many stunning submissions to choose from, but one design stood out from the rest. Congratulations on being a part of cinematic history. Thank you for your vision, creativity, and to everyone who submitted their designs.”

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Aaron's design, a brush-stroke composition featuring a snarling dinosaur, was selected out of 1,100 entries from UK children aged 12-16. He said: “My love of both the prehistoric era and Jurassic World was the main source of inspiration behind my Black Card design, as I watched all of the Jurassic Park movies when I was younger.

Aaron's design as it will look on the silver screen (BBFC)

"I've always wanted a reason to paint a dinosaur and this competition gave me a reason to do so, which has been so fun. The style I painted in was drawn from the work of Paul Signac who I have been studying for my art project and who I really like.

"I chose his style as it felt the most expressive to me and I could adapt it to my own preference of colours without compromising his technique and aesthetic."

Sarah Peacock, compliance and education manager at the BBFC, said: "The Create The Card competition is a key element of our education and outreach activity, engaging schools and young people in the wider work of the BBFC. We have been so impressed by the range and quality of entries with submissions from all over the UK. I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to our brilliant winner and ten runners-up, and I very much look forward to announcing our next Create The Card competition in the coming months.”

You can catch Aaron's artwork before the screening of Jurassic World: Dominion from Friday, June 10.

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