Greg Boardman of Three Stones Media talking about the making of Rastamouse
There were a few good talks including Greg Boardman talking about producing Rastamouse, a very home-grown children's show made in the UK and one of the only stop-motion series being produced at the moment. The animation was done by Dynamo in Cardiff and a few friends of mine worked on the project. Interestingly one of the main creatives on the show was Derek Mogford who trained with the great Ivor Wood and was animator on Charlie Chalk, Bertha and Gran and he bought a charming nostalgic feel to the show.
Christian De Vita, lead storyboard artist on Fantastic Mr Fox talked through the process of boarding the film with Wes Andersen. He's just finished pre-production on Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and is about to head to Paris in September to direct a children's series for Nickelodeon.
One of Christian's sketches for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie
Christian De Vita / Burning Windmill Productions
Nag Vladermersky of the London International Animation Festival did a presentation about the festival, its history and development and the kind of work they champion. He screened three films which demonstrated the variation of the films they show including A Morning Stroll, Studio AKA's recent bizarrely brilliant short. He then went on to chat with Chris Shepherd director of the now dormant Slinky Pics about a career in which he's balanced commercial and artistic work which was very entertaining.
Who I am & What I Want (2005) Dir(s) Chris Shepherd and David ShrigleyAfter the talks and seminars (and a nice lunch) there was a speed-networking session which was a chance for students to share their work with industry, make connections and talk about the next step.
© Slinky Pictures
© Slinky Pictures
Me with producer Mick Foley discussing career options...
Lots of the London animation network came along to look around the exhibits and talk to students. Much chatting and exchanging of business cards all helped along by the bar, sponsored by Adobe! Check out skillset's write up of the day here
Guests and graduates have a drink at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, London
All images of the event from the Skillset Flickr album here