Chance of TV work is big draw for twins

Twins Lauren and Lisa Rankin.
Twins Lauren and Lisa Rankin.
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Identical twin sisters have been selected for a placement which could lead to their work featuring on the BBC’s main children’s channel.

Lisa and Lauren Rankin, both former Madras College pupils, are heading for Manchester this summer for a month-long placement with animation company AlbinoMosquito.

The company make cartoons for CBBC, so Lisa and Lauren should their work on television.

The 19-year-old girls are currently on the HND computer arts and design animation programme at D&A College in Dundee.

AlbinoMosquito recently contacted the college with the aim of working with students on the course.

Such is the talent among the HND students that lecturer Henry Broadhurst set a competition to source the most suitable candidates.

Nine students took part with each having to write 200 words on why they would be suited for the role and attach a still image of their best animation work.

Despite a high standard of entry, the winners were chosen at the double – identical twins Lisa and Lauren.

Henry said: “It was an extremely tough choice as all of those who took part submitted strong entries.

“However, Lisa and Lauren just edged it.”

The prize for the winners is to work at AlbinoMosquito for the whole of July, gaining invaluable industry experience with a well-established company.

“This is a really great opportunity for us,” said Lauren.

“We would like to work in children’s animation in the future, so getting the opportunity to make a pilot episode which could be aired on CBBC is particularly exciting for us.”

AlbinoMosquito will finance the students’ travel and accommodation and are also organising a trip around the new BBC studios in Salford for the twins.

Lisa said: “We are happy to represent D&A College, and we hope similar opportunities continue to be offered to other students in the future.”