Boro-Toro wins BAFTA Award

Wolverhampton University’s Dare to be Digital winning team have only gone and won a BAFTA, ‘Ones to Watch’. Congratulations! watch them here


Please Say Something

I found myself at Flatpack Festival last week. There were lots of things to catch the eye, in particular David O’Reilly, the animator responsible for the stripped back 3d animation, Please Say Something, which picked up a Golden Bear short film award in Berlin (he also did doodles and cartoons for Son of Rambo). David talked about his work and showed his film. Really interesting work, but what was most heartening for me was to hear a filmmaker talk about film theory and how it informs his productions. More of this please David.

Innovative New Technique Developed by Birmingham-based Animation Company

those clever people at Birmingham’s Second Home Productions have developed an innovative new animation technique for their latest animated sequence “Into The Microworld”.

The film brings together the digital domain of computer generated images (CGI), stop-motion animation and technology developed for producing engineering prototypes, moving Second Home to the forefront of new animation production.

The 2 minute sequence was produced as part of preparatory work for a forthcoming film by BAFTA winning director Michael Baig-Clifford on the life and work of Wolverhampton born artist Willard Wigan – the world’s first ‘Micro-sculptor.’

Second Home’s co-founder and director of the sequence, Chris Randall, said: “This particular project involves the use of replacement puppets for each frame of action – a variant of stop-motion animation. By combining technology normally used in engineering with traditional model-making techniques, we’ve brought together old and new to create a new animation style and workflow.”

late Oscar round up

I wonder if I can wipe all the films from youtube by posting links here? It’s worth a go. Here’s one of the other Oscar nominees in the category of short animation…commiserations, Konstantin Bronzit.

late oscar round up


I was really rooting for This Way Up in the category of short animation. We showed it at last year’s Flip and it brought the house down. And the winner is….La Maison en Petits Cubes, congratulations Kunio Kato

Flip 2009

Flip 09 is coming! Actually it’s a long way away but that doesn’t mean we’re not busy with the planning and the programming. We are busy. Lots of things are happening as we speak.

First there is the call for submissions, please note the earlier closing date this year to give us plenty of time to ponder over your films.

Second, I’m really pleased to say that those BAFTA nominated Brothers McLeod will be programming a festival strand – knowing the brothers, I suspect there will be lots of 1970s kids animation in there, here’s hoping.

Third, we have Flip films around the country: there’s a selection going out with Digital Arts Magazine next month and BBC Big Screens (all 15) will be showing a hand picked selection from this Saturday for a month – find out where your nearest BBC Big Screen is,