Saturday, 28 March 2009

Newport animator in residence scheme


The lovely people at University of Wales College, Newport (where I began teaching undergraduate animation, ooo, ages ago) are offering a one month residency to an experienced animation director using any animation technique. Past participants in this scheme have been Leigh Hodgkinson and Matthew Walker (so no pressure then). The cute image (right) is from last years film Breaking the Mould by Luca Paulli and Rebecca Manley.

It's such a great idea, as it gives the students at Newport a chance to get some hands on work experience on a live project, and also encourages animation directors to make more independent films. All good.

You work at the uni for a month with students, and make a short (30-90 second) film with sound track. Happily this length fits the criteria for the Encounters Festival 'Depict' Award (held down the road from Newport in Bristol), where all three films commissioned to date have done very well.

The residency will take place mid-May to mid-June 2009 and you can find out more on their website http://jamanimation.com/air_scheme/ (where you can also see all the films in full).

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