Monday, 29 August 2011

Caged development page added

I have now added a development/ behind the scenes page for Caged which you can access from the menu above or by clicking this link:

I may update it at a later date with more videos and more detail on the development process.

This week is also my graduation ceremony which I'll also be preparing for. I will definately write a blog update dedicated to that event.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Impressions of Bridgnorth Animation Festival

Taking place at the Majestic Cinema today, the Bridgnorth Animation Festival was held as a part of the Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival.

Caged was screened during the local animations segment which were also the animations up for nomination for the public vote award. Every animation shown was amazing so it wasn't clear who would win the most votes. it was also great to see some familiar faces too. This was the first time that Caged was shown on the big screen so it was just as special for me. In the end, I did not win the award which I lost out by 1 vote. Still, I'm very proud of coming in second place and it serves as a big motivation for me to do even better next time. (The animator who took 1st place was from Wolverhampton University which was awesome, a big win for our university).

I thought it was great that they gave animators the chance to speak to the audience before their film was shown. I have experienced this before last year at Shorts on Walls (where Sentry was screened) so I was expecting to talk to everyone with no hesitation, strenghtened by my enjoyment of doing presentations. To my surprise, I was still nervous! Perhaps the bigger audience was a factor in this but it felt like this was my first ever screening so it was both a brilliant experience and a little scary too. To be honest, I dont want that feeling to ever go away either when it comes to screening films at festivals.

This was also my first time in Bridgnorth which was quite a surprise with just how different the setting was even though it was next door to the city I live in. it felt a world a part but a great inspiration for ideas too.
Overall, I enjoyed the festival and look forward to going back next year. Hopefully I'll have something new to submit there.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Bridgnorth Animation Festival begins tomorrow!

Caged will be shown tomorrow at the Bridgnorth Animation Festival as detailed in my previous post. Looking forward to going there as this is the second festival that Caged will be screened at. There will also be public voting event for all animations screened, I'm going up against a ton of awesome animations so looking forward to the outcome of that.

I have also sent Caged to Flip Animation Festival and Canterbury Anifest 2011. Really hoping it gets selected for these festivals too.

My university has also advertised the animation course using three screenshots of Caged and allowed me to take one with me as a souvenir:

Scan of the Course leaflet featuring 3 stills from Caged

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Caged selected for Bridgenorth Festival

Caged will be shown at Bridgenorth Festival's (which begins August 26th) Animation Mini-festival (on August 27th). This will be the second festival that Caged is screened at. 

The venue is the Majestic Cinema. I've provided the program and location details below. I would also like to thank the organisers of the Animation mini-festival for giving me the opportunity to screen Caged.

Sector5 Studios will also be present at the animation screenings too so we're looking forward to meeting everyone there.

----- Details on the festival----

Animation Mini-Festival
Date: Saturday 27 August 2011
Time: 14:30 - 17:30
Location:Majestic Cinema; Whitburn Street; Bridgnorth;  WV16 4QP
The Majestic Cinema has toilet facilities and a car park to the side. 

Parking Information: This website details Bridgnorth Car parks:
Event Running Order (subject to change)
14:30 - welcome
14:35 - 15:00 - James Clarke - Animating the World
15:00 - 15:30 - Screening of local animated shorts compered by James Pearson
15:30 - 15:50 - Q&A discussion
15:50 - 16:05 - Audience vote & break
16:10 - 16:35 - screening of animations from Autour de Minuit
16:40 - 16:50 - Forward For screening
16:50 - 17:00 - Present audience vote award
17:00 - 17:20 - The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
17:20- 17:30 - Additional screenings - TBC

Friday, 5 August 2011

My impressions: Drawn from Life

Last Wednesday, Jonathon Hodgson gave a talk in Birmingham, Drawn From Life, which was hosted by Animation Forum West Midlands. I'm a big fan of AWFM's events so this was a must to go to.

I enjoyed the event and it was very informative, definately an eye opener into the world of animated documentaries. It's a genre I would now like to try out in the future. I love telling stories with my animations so it was motivating when Jonathon spoke about telling a true story almost like a fantasy with different plot devices available in animation.

I also enjoyed the networking opportunity that followed after which was perfect since it was the first day for Sector5 Studios (which is the new animation company I have formed with 3 other animators).

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Sector5 Studios

Its been a busy month but I can atlast reveal what I've been up to which is starting a new animation company known as Sector5 Studios. It's a very exciting time for me as I'm also working with 3 animators that i've become great friends with during my studies at Wolverhampton University.

As well as being an animator, i am also the head of social media meaning it's my job to keep our online presence up to date. This is perfect for me as I enjoy online networking too.

each of the animators at Sector5 Studios are bring their own specialities forward so that we are able to work on a variety of animation forms: stop motion, 2D and my speciality: 3D.

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