Saturday, 26 May 2012

Wolverhampton Animation PGR event

I have been part of an animation post graduate research group, which began as a Google group and started meeting up in real life at the start of this year. It was initiated by Paul Ward and the first event was held at The Arts University College at Bournemouth, where he teaches. The day itself is a very helpful environment for animation PhD students to discuss and present their work in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and to gain confidence to give papers at conferences in the future. The most recent event was at King's College London and it was really well organised and attended. I have volunteered the School of Art at Wolverhampton as the next venue for the animation PGR group to meet, on November 1st.

Any animation PhD students who are interested in attending or presenting should contact me, and if you are interested in the idea of doing a PhD in animation then you're really welcome to come and join us to discuss/watch/network (it's a free event). The day will coincide with the start of the Flip animation festival which is launching that evening, so it should be a day full of interesting animation to watch and discuss! 

Here's the callout for papers, please feel free to pass it along:

Call for Papers: Animation PGR day University of Wolverhampton Thursday 1st November 2012

The School of Art & Design at the University of Wolverhampton invites you to submit proposals for the third animation PGR research event. We hope to welcome you to a stimulating day which dovetails with the launch of the 2012 Flip Animation festival in the evening (held at the nearby Light House Media Centre). More information about programming for this will be available nearer the time.

Proposals should be for either;

-         -  a 30 minute extended conference paper. This is a great opportunity for you to debut PhD research material to a friendly and well-informed audience of fellow PGR students and supervisors.

-         -  or an alternative discussion/presentation format. This could be a round table discussion around a particular area, a debate or a screening of practice-based research. Ideas welcomed!

The West Midlands has a strong animation community as evidenced by the West Midlands Animation Forum a hub of freelancers and animation companies and an advocate for the industry nationally. The Flip Animation Festival is a well-established and eclectic international festival with an emphasis on its large student audience, fed by dedicated animation courses at the Universities of Wolverhampton and BirminghamCity. The WM also hosts one of the largest population of computer games companies in the UK.

Please e-mail ideas, queries or proposals to S.Moore[at]

Deadline: September 7th 2012

Friday, 25 May 2012

University of Wolverhampton Degree Show

The Animation BA at the University of Wolverhampton School of Art & Design has its private view next Friday 1st June, 5:30 - 8:30pm. 

It should be a great evening, it's always a really bittersweet event when students leave but this year have been such a pleasure to teach, I'm really going to miss them. Sigh!

If you would like to attend the private view on 1st June please e-mail Bhavna Parmar B.Parmar5[at] for an invitation.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Animated documentary blogs

There are a couple of really interesting animated documentary blogs around, which give an interesting over-view / perspective on the genre.

Dr Bella Honess Roe teaches at the University of Surrey and is one of the preeminent scholars in the area. She did her PhD about animated docs and is in the process of turning her research into a book on the subject (which is great, as a key text is really needed). Her blog, Animating Documentary (it doesn't all have to be fly-on-the-wall...), is a series of thoughtful reflections on issues around the subject.

Alys Scott-Hawkins and Ellie Land come at animated docs from the perspective of film makers. Alys has made several fascinating and provocative films including The Road to Recovery, a commission by Rethink & Young Minds which uses drawn animation to articulate the experiences of young people with mental illness. Ellie is making a film called Centrefold for The Wellcome Trust about labiaplasty which is really thought provoking and a fascinating companion piece to her film Everything was Life, about female genital mutilation. 

Alys and Ellie have set up a blog called Animated Documentary (there is also a Facebook community here) which is turning into a really helpful compilation of work / meeting place for film makers / discussion point.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Clip from Shrewsbury Museum film

This is a little (slightly bonkily exported) test from the Shrewsbury Museum project I am working on. Click here for the video.

Produced by Stuart Messinger, score by Bastien Keb, animation by Terri Matthews & me, directed by me.