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Greedy Magpie

Posted by William Bishop-Stephens at 11:32, July 25th, 2006

Fri 28 July, 7pm
Greedy Magpie

late night fridays - adventures in music

YEBOROBO+agaskodo teliverek+fanfarlo+jack shirt

animations by RCA graduates + friends

installation by RUN GALLERY

Magiepie is getting greedy, hunting for filmmakers, musicians, performers, magicians and shoe-shiners. A night to lay-out a shiny stash of bright young things. GreedyMagpie@whitechapel.org

£5/4 concessions and Whitechapel Members
Advanced bookings strongly recommended

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Posted by William Bishop-Stephens at 14:39, July 20th, 2006

‘The Adventures of John and John’ will be screened at Edinburgh Film Festival, in the ‘McLaren Animation 1′ programme, on Wednesday 16th August, 15:00, Filmhouse 1, Animation Section. Please come along if you can and Whoop.

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www.wrongboy.com

Wrongboy.com

DesignWeek article

Posted by William Bishop-Stephens at 14:22, July 20th, 2006

Below is an extract from www.designweek.co.uk

“State of play
Published: 13 July 2006

Today’s animation students have more sophisticated technologies available to them than ever before, but many still opt for traditional techniques, such as hand-drawing and model-making. Yolanda Zappaterra visits four colleges to see what their graduates are up to

IF animators had a bumper sticker, would it say ‘animators do it 24 times a second’? If it did, it would be a great way of advertising just how intensive and laborious the process of animation is - particularly when that animation is hand-drawn, painted or crafted from clay, paper, fabric or any other of the seemingly huge array of materials being used to create the work for this year’s graduation shows. But trying to get a sense of what’s happening in contemporary animation - the trends and developing techniques - by looking at as broad a range of work as possible is a difficult task.

So where to start? London’s Royal College of Art seems obvious. Here there’s as diverse a range of styles as you would expect from postgraduate students working closely with practising film-makers, and the standout pieces reflect their maturity and confidence. Will Bishop-Stephens’s John and John, for example, is an accomplished piece of storytelling that uses an impressive array of techniques and styles, cleverly framed, in a nicely plotted storyline. The predominant technique, model making, is as good as anything you’ll see professionally. Christopher Eales’ Five Angry Things also uses model-making, but it is very different. It’s a delightful piece of work that has shades of the Quay Brothers in the skilful crafting of both its surreal, slightly disturbing figures and its weird, off-kilter world.

But the RCA does wit too; Rowena True’s How the West Was Won, for example, is a painterly film, set in the Wild West, where Clint Eastwood and his cowboys ride the plains with their herds, until something weird crosses their paths. Coyotes and wolves they can deal with, but a takeaway hamburger joint is another matter. The bulk of the RCA work is hand-drawn, showing a rejection of computer-generated imagery in favour of more expressive, experiential and personal work. Ian McKinnon’s poignant Adjustment illustrates this very well, not only capturing the pain and confusion of the break-up of a relationship, but doing so through a clever exploration of the very nature of animation.

The evidence of a trend for hands-on crafting is visible at other colleges too…” {article continues}

for wills personal site see
www.wrongboy.com

Wrongboy.com

My Life At 40 in Blink at Gasworks

Posted by Laurie Hill at 18:30, July 15th, 2006

Director:
Laurie Hill

My Life At 40 will be screened as part of Blink at Gasworks Gallery, London - a ‘showcase of animation works from some of the UK’s most exciting and innovative artists’

Preview Screening: Thursday 3 August, 7pm
Exhibition: 4-6 August, 12-6pm

GASWORKS
155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH
UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7582 6848
Fax: +44 (0)20 7582 0159
info@gasworks.org.uk
www.gasworks.org.uk

My Life At 40 award

Posted by Laurie Hill at 18:29, July 15th, 2006

Director:
Laurie Hill

My Life At 40 was awarded an ‘Honourable Mention’ at Darklight
Darklight Festival 2006, Dublin, Ireland
www.darklight.ie

My First Taste of Death: more great images!

Posted by Laurie Hill at 2:43, July 3rd, 2006