THE decision by Denholm’s Ainslie Henderson to leave the microphone and move behind the camera appears to have been vindicated after he scooped a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award.
The former BBC Fame Academy star, who subsequently had a solo career as a singer-songwriter, picked up the Best Animation prize at the New Talent Awards in from Scottish Bafta in Glasgow for his personal film It’s About Spending Time Together.
The Edinburgh College of Art student based it on a voice recording of his earliest childhood memory while growing up in the Borders.
Ainslie, 33, said: “It was amazing. I made the film at the end of my third year in 2011 and never gave it much attention after that, but my tutor convinced me to have it considered for the competition.”
Currently working on his final project for college, due in six weeks, Ainslie says the film, a personal account of a frustrated musician, involves completing five seconds of filming a day in a tiny darkroom – far removed from his previous job singing in front of hundreds or thousands of people.
“I have gone from a mad exhibitionist to a hermit,” he said. “I work in a tiny room which is like an oven. I have been the only Scottish person hoping the good weather would end.
“It is a contrast from being a musician but I want to experience as much as I can in life.
“Being a pop star was a fun way to spend your 20s, but when I hit 30 I decided I wanted to do something else and have always loved animation, so went for that.I don’t know what I will do next – maybe a ballet dancer!”
As for his musical career, Ainslie has currently put it on the back burner but plans to return one day.
“I am always writing songs but I don’t have any plans for gigs or albums,” he said.
The BAFTA ceremony for emerging talent in the Scottish screen industries was hosted by Scottish author and broadcaster Muriel Gray.
A total of 11 rising stars were honoured at Oran Mor.
Jude MacLaverty, director of BAFTA in Scotland said: “BAFTA in Scotland is committed to rewarding excellence, honouring new talent, and promoting the Scottish moving image industries to the wider public.
“The New Talent Awards recognise the best of emerging Scottish screen talent and we are thrilled to shine the spotlight on our winners tonight and to support their exceptional achievements.”
This year’s nominees came from all corners of the globe, including Poland, Yemen, Iceland and Germany. Jude added: “It’s great to see such a vibrant international community within Scotland’s moving images industries. There is a real feeling that Scotland is the place to be at the moment.”