The Screenplay for Wolfwalkers written by Will Collins, an alumnus from MTU was among the nominations for best animated feature for the recent 93rd Academy Awards held in April 2021.
Wolfwalkers has already won five Annie Awards in the United States and was nominated in the best animated film category at the Golden Globes. WolfWalkers is a story based on a legend from Irish folklore which is set in an era of mystery and superstition that follows the path of a young apprentice wolf hunter.
Will, a native of Castlemagner in Co. Cork, crossed the Cork-Kerry border and completed a Degree in Computing in MTU Kerry Campus in 2002. While there, his already keen interest in cinema and film developed even further, and he played a central role in establishing the Student Film Society. With friends, he made zero-budget movies of all genres, and this experience brought his writing skills to the fore. Around this time, he won a pitching competition at Galway Film Fleadh which led to him getting support from Bórd Scannán na hÉireann and getting his first screenwriting credit for My Brothers in 2008, in which he also filled an acting role.
Subsequently, he worked with Cartoon Saloon, now one of the world’s top animation studios based in Kilkenny. With Cartoon Saloon, he worked on Song of the Sea, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2015. Wolfwalkers, released in the second half of 2020, has proven to be a major success for Cartoon Saloon, and everyone in MTU was rooting for Will and all involved in the production of Wolfwalkers during the Academy Awards.
Will was one of the co-writers for Angela’s Christmas, an award-winning 2017 Irish-Canadian animation film set in Limerick in the 1910s which was based on the work of author Frank McCourt.
Recently, Will delivered a guest lecture to computing and animation students from the MTU Campus in Tralee and described himself as “tenacious.” He continues to love film and always keeps his dream of being involved in the movie industry at the centre of his career plans.