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Four animated films by NUA students were featured in this year’s Eat Our Shorts Festival in London.
This year’s festival, organised by the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image, (NAHEMI) was held at the Regent Street Cinema in London. NUA’s Professor Suzie Hanna is chair of NAHEMI and introduced the festival sessions and discussions of the work on show. Professor Hanna said the four shorts by students from NUA’s BA (Hons) Animation course were well-received.
“This annual event showcases some of the best moving image production work from across the UK,” Professor Hanna said. “The three programmes reflected the fantastic diversity of subject, expression and representation that our UK students can create, including documentary, drama, comedy, and imaginative well-crafted innovative animation.”
NUA Lecturer Helen Piercy has been appointed Education Advisor at Animated Women UK.
Helen – a filmmaker, animator and award-winning children’s author – hopes to use her new role to encourage young women to consider careers in animation and visual effects. Animated Women UK (AWUK) was launched in 2013 with the aim of providing better support and representation to women in animation & VFX in the UK. AWUK has five aims: networking, mentoring, showcasing, recruitment and education.
Helen said she was looking forward to the challenge of her new role in tandem with her ongoing work at NUA. “It is an incredible honour to be joining such a brilliant team, all of whom are entirely dedicated to supporting and celebrating women in the animation and VFX industries,” Helen said. “As Education Advisor for AWUK, my strategy is to build relationships with universities, schools and students in order to provide a support network for female graduates as they enter the creative industry.
“I am looking forward to taking on this new challenge and being part of such an inspiring organisation.”
Professor Suzie Hanna, Chair of Animation Education at NUA, has received yet more acclaim for her highly regarded Known Unto God collaboration with the poet Bill Manhire. The Poetry Society of New York has extended an invitation to Professor Hanna to screen her film, Known Unto God, as part of the programme at the prestigious The New York City Poetry Festival this coming July (2017). The Festival is the largest poetry gathering in New York City and is hosted annually on Governors Island. Professor Hanna’s film was originally co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers Centre Norwich and formed part of the ‘Fierce Light’ exhibition at East GalleryNUA in 2016. The film has since been selected for screening at numerous international events, including Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016, Zebra Poetry Film Festival 2016, Interfilm 32nd International Short Film Festival Berlin 2016, 14th London Short Film Festival 2017, Short Waves Festival 2017, Poland.
Norwich University of the Arts alumnus and Honorary Doctorate Stuart Craig, OBE has won a BAFTA for ‘Best Production Design’ on J.K Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. Up against industry completion from ‘La La Land’ and ‘Doctor Strange’, Stuart and Set Decorator Anna Pinnock scooped the award at 2017’s BAFTA ceremony. Stuart also previously won BAFTAs for ‘Best Production Design’ for ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ and ‘The Elephant Man’.
Two animated films created and directed by BA (Hons) Animation students have been selected for screening on the Channel 4 ‘Random Acts’ website. Described as a platform for ‘finding people who are breaking ground in the medium of film’, Random Acts ‘First Acts’ broadcasts work by 16-24 year olds. The two films, ‘Panoramic’ (Directed by Animation Year 3 student James Ivett) and ‘Tunnel Vision’ (directed by Animation Year 3 student Lila Babington) bought together NUA’s collaborative community to deliver the animations, with production teams including Fine Art and Film and Moving Image Production students led by Animation students and staff with production partners Screen South. Lila Babington’s film ‘Tunnel Vision’ is also selected for a screening showcase at the ICA London as part of the London Short Film Festival, with Lila joining the panel chaired by Variety’s Catherine Bray to give a special insight into her film and the First Acts network.
Image credit: Lila Babington.
Wednesday 23 November – 10am-4pm
As part of William Latham’s Mutator VR exhibition, which opens in East GalleryNUA on 15 November 2016 running until 14 January 2017, Norwich University of the Arts will host a one day symposium exploring potential research and innovation themes stemming from the exhibition including: generative and evolutionary art; artificial intelligence; data, design and play; virtual reality; and the implications of living in a world where the boundaries between the analogue and the digital are ever-shifting.
Acting and movement coach Sarah Perry has recently visited NUA to discuss her experience and to help BA (Hons) Animation students develop their skills in animation movement. Sarah discussed with students how a fundamental understanding of the body and movements in performance can be applied to the students’ own projects. Sarah has worked on a variety of major titles including The Harry Potter Series, Chronicles of Narnia- Voyage of the Dawn Treader, John Carter, World War Z and Guardians of the Galaxy. She has worked with well known VFX and Animation Studios including Double Negative and Aardman.
Current third year students have recently had their second year work published on the BBC website as part of a live industry brief for the BBC Listening Project, a partnership between BBC national radio and TV stations and the British Library. Four of the seven films selected are by NUA students. Watch the films here.
NUA 2015 graduate Eleanor Wright has recently completed a collaborative project with UK Production company Lambda Films to produce a stop-motion animated short film celebrating the 350th birthday of The London Gazette, the longest-running English print newspaper. For more information about the project and you watch the film here.
The final graduating work of Year Three student Eleanor Wright has been chosen to be screened at this year’s Encounters film festival. Exploring the Mind of Alexandra Mackie is a documentary, produced in collaboration with Film and Moving Image Production student Jillian Engelhard Fosten, which documents a young blind girl’s imagination while travelling through Paris, paradoxically using a visual medium. The film, which recently won £10,000 funding in the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise, will be shown alongside other festival selections at the Watershed Bristol on Wednesday 16 September. For more details visit the Encounters website.
Professor or Animation Education Suzi Hanna has contributed her thoughts on the technical challenges faced by animators in the 1970s and ’80s for an article about cultural icons Tom and Jerry on the Intel website. Read From 2D TV screens to Virtual Reality? The amazing technological adventures of Tom and Jerry.
NUA Visiting Professor in Animation Keith Chapman has delivered a lecture on his career in the industry specialising in generating children’s intellectual property. Chapman is the creator of a number of world famous children’s shows, including Bob the Builder, Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and PAW Patrol.
Year Three student Eleanor Wright has received £10,000 funding for her documentary series, produced in collaboration with Film and Moving Image Production student Jillian Engelhard Fosten, after winning the Film and Photography category of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise.
Five students’ graduating final films were selected as part of the programme for the British Film Institute’s Eat our Shorts Film Festival 2014. The selections were made by the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image and consisted of Obstacle by Liam Gathercole, Golem by Ed Perryer, 9 Reasons to Take Drugs by Maisie Tuckett, Polaroid by Rob Phillips and Oh Deer! by Jordan Bezants.
A short animated film by students Kevin Smy, Georgi Chapman and Tim Chang, Frankenstein won the Best Film Award at Sunrise 2014. Rob Phillips won the Critics Choice award and Maisie Tuckett won the Best Awareness Award. Watch Frankenstein on the Sunrise website.
2005 graduate Katy Davis has had her animation RSA Shorts – The Power of Empathy selected as an Official Honoree in The Webby Awards, Animation category. David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards, said: “Honorees like The RSA (and director Katy Davis) are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet. It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 12,000 entries we received this year.”
Students’ work will be viewed on television sets across the county as regional freeview channel Mustard TV launches this week. The new channel, which features local news, sports and entertainment coverage, commissioned BA Animation students to produce a series of animated stings centred on the Mustard TV logo. Read the full press release.
Producer and Director Emma Burch delivered a guest lecture on her extensive career working within the animation industry. During her Q&A Emma discussed her time working at Loose Moose Productions, creating her multi-award winning animated short ‘Being Bradford Dillman’ (pictured), working at ‘Seed’ animation and her most recent move to Tandem films. Emma shared some fantastic tips and hints on running a successful Kick-starter campaign, something she has a great deal of experience in achieving along with some fabulous insights into the success of ‘Simon’s Cat’. Emma spent the rest of the day reviewing Year Two and Year Three work and talking further to students interested in perusing the role of an animation producer.
“It was an absolute pleasure to come and speak to the students at NUA. They all seemed so determined and particularly passionate about their course and projects. I hope I was able to give solid advice and encourage them to look forward to their future careers.”
Producer and Director, Simon’s Cat
Oscar winning Daniel Greaves has been working with the Year 2 students on a project designed to give students the closest experience possible to a ‘real world’ studio. The students have clearly defined roles within a team, strict deadlines, a strong collaborative element, further development of their specialised skill-set and the opportunity to direct a professional voice over artist. As part of Daniel’s visit all Animation students attended a talk about the development and making of his latest Kickstarter-funded short Mr Plastimime, with a special first screening of the current edit of the completed film.
An animated sting by Katy Davis (2005 NUA graduate) has been selected as a runner up in the E4 E Stings competition. Her work Sweet Shop will be screened in rotation on E4 from 31 October.
‘I like to bite’, a short animation which was the final graduating work by Stephanie and Fiona Dulieu, was officially selected to be screened as part of 2013’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, and was nominated for the NAHEMI Student Creative Film making award. Last year NUA graduate Alex Searle won the award.
Latitude Festival used one of the stings produced by NUA students through a collaborative professional brief on its big screen installations throughout the duration of the event at Henham Park, Suffolk in July.
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