NNU alumni and brothers Lee Rudeen of Lees Summit, Mo. (’90) and Kent Rudeen of Tumwater, Wash. (’99) won a bronze Telly award at the 2011 Telly Awards competition in the “Use of Animation” category for their stop-motion animation film, “Pete the Sheep”. The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. The Rudeen brothers competed against over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.
Lee Rudeen, a video producer for Global Mission Communications, and his brother Kent Rudeen created the first film for the Church of the Nazarene to be animated by hand. This short film was developed as a mission video for children and correlates with preceding films Mission Possible and The Big Show. The 90-second film is based on scripture found in John 21:15-22 where Jesus commands Peter to “feed my sheep”.
This was the Rudeen brothers’ first attempt at stop-animation, and it proved to be much more tedious than expected. Each second of the film required 12 separate pictures, and by the end they had compiled over 1,200 photos. The project, which was anticipated to take only a week, ended up taking an entire year.
Although the award winning film “Pete the Sheep” is geared towards children, its message has continuing relevance and personal application to people of all ages. Congratulations to the Rudeen brothers.