Farnham alumnus Liam Harris' new postgraduate film Perched is really starting to get around the festival circuit now and you can hear him chatting about it on Eagle Radio here. The film produced at the NFTS has already picked up Best Animation at this years IOMFF where Liam somehow got to shake one of Mark Kermode's hands! Actual photographic evidence does exist though at a questionable resolution...
We do like to keep up with our recent graduates work and it’s great to see Dann Parry's short RCA film Bound being nominated as Best Student Animation for Shirtpole's London International Film Festival. Multi-award winning Farnham and RCA alumnus Marcus Armitage will be on the jury throwing his opinion about at Encounters Animation Festival this month.
The Sea directed by graduates Elmaz Ekrem and Dominika Ozynska and commisioned by Channel4/Ignition Random Acts finally gets it's first promotional outing as part of the First Acts season of online releases. Great work with an important message that deserves to be seen.
Earlier this month we were super psyched to meet Sam Taylor and Tim McCourt from multi-talented animation studio The Line who came and gave us a hilarious and revealing talk full of energy, fun, fan art and filth. As you can see they arrived in their own bespoke vehicle and carefully crafted street style and attitude.
Michelle Brand’s amazing Journey Never Ends has been selected at 6 festivals so far, two of those include the Aesthetica Short Film Festival and excitingly, the London International Animation Festival too! The other 4 are the Minikino Filmweek in Bali, the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film in Worcester (US), the Festival Internazionale del Cinema d'arte in Italy and the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Germany. It’s journey indeed continues….
Meanwhile many of our brand new 3rd years films are still out doing the festivals with their splendid 2nd year films! Hattie Crouchers Fruitcake continues beyond its 100th festival screening and Sinead Stoddart gets her film Munchies obscured by even more laurels including the much feared Upstate New York Horror Film Festival.
Good luck to our very own tutor-tech Jessica Ashman shortlisted for Widening The Lens pitching competition at this years Encounters Festival in Bristol - she’ll be pitching her Animate Projects idea and, Farnham fingers crossed, we’ll be hoping for that green light!
One Last Dance - Will Rowson’s recent graduation film will be screening at Manchester Animation Festival this November in the Student Films Panorama. Told from a daughter's perspective the film emotionally explores how it felt as she watched her father slowly forget everything he knew.
We’ve just heard from very happy graduate Stew Powers that after freelancing through the summer he now has a FULL TIME ACTUAL JOB at Livewire Sport - to quote Stew himself ‘It's sport and animation! Literally my perfect job! Thanks for everything, wouldn't have been able to have secured this job without the course’. It's just Stew Powers power...
Nice to see that Pepe Gomez has his graduation film The Last King of Grenada among the September selections for the Ibiza Cineast 2017.
Altea Claveras has her 2nd year film Sleepwalkers out there putting itself about a bit - it will be shown at the 10th Tehran International Animation Festival (TIAF) taking place in March 2017.
Law of the Sea
Though nearly everyone is asleep in the sun throughout animation-land at least our own Elmaz Ekrem and Dominika Ozynska’s Channel4/Random Acts film The Law of the Sea will be available to view Wed 17th Aug via Screen South. Meanwhile, here is a picture of something nice until the wind pics up and the chestnut trees start to turn…
Sinéad Stoddart has seen both of her 2nd year films One Too Many and Munchies putting in some mileage on the festival circuit this summer with screenings at Portsmouth International Film Festival, Full Bloom Film Fest, Hot Shorts Film Festival London to name a few. Witness too the scary laurel from the Celluloid Screams selection at Sheffield Horror Film Festival 2016.
Very good to hear that The Last King of Grenada by Pepe Gomez has won it’s first award gaining Best Animation Short Film from Spain at Euro Film Festival Online 2016.
Stew Powers and his ubiquitous Sky High film has now garnered a nomination for Best Animation for Music at Portsmouth International Film Festival. The sky is literally the limit for this film.
Michelle Brand of our soon-to-be 3rd year has been super busy working on an internship for 3 months at HU & Hudson to create educational animation shorts for children. Not only that, she has been commended for her dedication and professionalism in producing all the animation imagery for a company called Videocall as well as working on the short animation film 'Puddle' by Stormhouse Pictures. The above image is from her 2nd year film A Small Voice - because it’s nice. She’s going to need a holiday after this…
Nice to see that Pepe Gomez’s graduation film The Last King of Grenada has been selected for TMFF - you can read a nice little review of it here
Also great to see Em Langdon-Smith’s 2nd year short film No Place Like Home will be playing at Film Miami Fest.
Here’s a few snaps of Stew Powers getting some more Sky High love this time in the form of Special Mention at Festival De Cannes new talent offshoot, Festival Du Court-Metrage in France.
It’s good to see Sam Palmer’s 2nd year film Flavour of the Month is still melting hearts around the globe - this time at Girona Film Festival where it’s been selected in the official Experimental Section.
Great to hear that Saeho Oh’s graduation film Father and Son has been selected for it’s first festival at the 5th Bangalore Shorts Festival 2016. It then went on to gain a certificate of excellence in the festival.
Even though it’s the summertime and sun is out people are still going to Film Festivals to watch Altea Claveras’ film Sleepwalkers. Now she’s won Best Experimental film at Gold Reel Film Festival and the ‘Fall In Line’ award at Bad Film Fest. The film is also on it’s way to Doc Sunback Film Festival in Kansas.
The red carpet was rolled out once again and the coveted gold effect Farnhamanimation Awards were dished out in a star studded celebration studded with stars. The excellent Jim Le Fevre and Marcus Armitage where our guest award givers from the world of animation and they did it with characteristic aplomb. We could have given awards to everyone for just being them, but there isn't enough gold in Surrey for that. We’re really going to miss this lot. Such a great set of films this year and plenty of proper talent on show. Amazing people to work with over the last few years and to see them put together some genuinely remarkable films is a testament to their creativity, perseverance and cake. Check out the reel here.
So the show is up and it’s looking resplendent in pink and quartz! All our very fine films are available to view in the room and there’s a delicious selection box on the big screen. The cinema is showing all the graduation films in two screenings for a whole week. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may even gag very slightly. Come along and have your eyes and ears expanded. In a good way.
The big pots of paint are out and the transformation is nearly complete! Barring the entirely wrong grey, evidenced bottom right by tutor Stuart Hilton. Yes, these extraordinary young people with an unstoppable urge to painstakingly make things move a frame at a time are turning into graduates before our very eyes!
Always nice to catch up with long time friend of the course, alumni and multi award winner, Michael Dudok de Wit and it’s great to see his new Studio Ghibli co-produced feature film The Red Turtle has won the Un Certain Regard category award at Cannes no less! Outstanding alumni scoop!
Congratulations to 2nd year student Chloe Peters who knows that Who Nose, her 2nd year short film (see what happened there?) has been selected for the Extremely Short Section of Extremely Short Films (non-competitive) section at the 9th International Animation Festival Fest Anca (29 June - 3 July 2016, Zilina, Slovakia). Not to be sniffed at etc…
And here are some snaps of Ellie, Domi, Gabby, Ollie and Tom(see below for actual names) mingling at the Channel 4 Spring Arts party at the ICA in London. Grayson Perry, Will Self and even the mighty Jon Snow (NOT from GOT!!) all in attendance and all subjected to major mingling mayhem no doubt.
Exciting news that the two films produced by our students for Random Acts this year have been picked up by Channel 4. Elmaz Ekrem and Dominika Ożyńska produced The Sea(pictured right), a poetic documentary about the refugee crisis in Greece while Ollie Pendle, Gabriella Ditton and Tom Willis have made Hiveminds(pictured left), an agitated meditation on the pervasive effects of social media.
Michelle Brand of our extraordinary 2nd year continues to get her film, A Small Voice, travelling the earth for her. Los Angeles CineFest, Barcelona Planet Film Festival and Athens Animfest are now on the growing list. Above is a pic from her latest 2nd year film The Journey Never Stops. Just because.
It’s well worth a late spring 2nd year update as we see Sinead Stoddard’s film One Too Many has reached 17 festivals and counting, Tom Makkinson’s Fandango is being danced at Vafi Festival in Israel, Megan Yaxley has her 13.58 to Falmouth Town traveling way past its stop to NYC Dum-D Festival and Em Langdon-Smith has No Place Like Home selected for Cordoba International Film Fest. Altea Claveras’ Sleepwalkers has yet another festival screening this time at Custom Reels Short Film Awards.
Hats off yet again to Hattie Croucher for her Fruitcake as it wins at CUFF Film Festival! She won Best Sound Design, and was a nominee for best short film. The film has gone on to many more festivals since including Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, Lisbon International Film Festival, Sydney World Film Festival and TMC London Film Festival.
Our students have been visiting some London animation studios and having a tip top time with the lovely people at The Line, Blue Zoo and Animade. Great to see several ex-Farnham students working at these places including Max Van der Merwe, Francesca Adams and at the helm of the brilliant Animade it’s the one and only Ed Barrett in his magnificent jumper of gold(pictured here in a jumper of gold).
Above is a fine selection of our 2nd and 3rd year students poised to experience the lovely Blue Zoo where they will be allowed to feed the animators and perhaps even pet them.
Hattie Croucher and Sinead Stoddart are off over to the mighty land of Cambridge for the weekend to hopefully land yet another gong, this time at the Cambridge University Film Festival for their 2nd year films Fruitcake(pictured left) and One Too Many(pictured on the other left) respectively. Hattie has been busy gathering various awards for her excellent film and Sinead has her film showing all over the planet too!
Emma Brett-Phare now has her 2nd year film Imprison in the Leeds Young Film Festival and she’s off to see what that northern powerhouse has to offer a young animator. We hear the tea up there is exquisite.
Also, news just in! Yep, It happened! Stu Powers’ Sky High reaches 50 festivals!!! In all likelihood there will have been more added in the time taken to compose these words.
Nice to hear and see that Grace Evetts, currently of our 2nd year, had a recent internship at designers Thornback and Peel where she produced some sweet animated spots for them that are now being using to promote their Easter rabbity designs. Mmmm, Springy....
The 2016 British Animation Awards down at the National Film Theatre last week proved to be a joyous and gongingly fruitful time for Farnham graduates, alumni and associates alike with recent graduate Katie Lenton winning Best Student Film for her graduation film Man Up, Bexie Bush winning the Public Choice award and Dan Chester of the gorgeous Moth Collective who collectively won Best Commissioned Film. Outstanding celebrations demonstrated above by Bexie Bush, Course Leader Lesley Adams and Katie Lenton.
It's prize time again for our ace 2nd Years as both Altea Claveras and Hattie Croucher share Best International Student Experimental Anime Micro Short - or BISEAMS if you're an acronym enthusiast like most of us - at Wendy's Shorts Festival for their films Sleepwalkers and Fruitcake. Em Langdon-Smith also gets in on the act with a win for her film No Place Like Home as does Emma Brett-Phare for Imprison. Time for an extra shelf in the awards cabinet...
Yey! It's the return of the T-Mak! Tom Makinson's 2nd year film Fandango will screen at the Headline International Film Festival along with Hattie Croucher's Fruitcake.
Also, here's a little Remus and Kiki update - they have been busy as new directors at Beakus on Alain De Botton's School of Life project so watch this space for images of that inevitable loveliness.
We're very happy to hear that one of our fairly recent alumni has been busy winning awards too - Lauren Sunderland graduated in 2012 and has been composing music for films amongst other things since then. Her music has won her Best Original Composition: Short Film Score category at the Music and Sound Awards so bend your ears around this.
We haven't heard much news of Stew Powers' 2nd year film Sky High for the last few minutes so with a view to addressing that, we now hear that it has been designated as an Official Jury Selection for the 2016 Delta Moon Student Film Festival, California and will be featured at the main public screening event Friday, March 4th.
Curtain is 7 pm at the Margaret Lesher Theater, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive,Walnut Creek, CA 94596. We expect you all to be there of course...
Emma Brett-Phare has been getting her 2nd year film Imprison out there and winning things in festival-land picking up this month's Best Student Short at LA CineFest! Her funny little short project called Boing is also showing at Selby International Short Film Festival. Also great to see Emily Whittingham's 2nd year film Straw Man still getting screenings this time at the Global Short Film Awards.
We can now release the excellent news that 5 of our students forming 2 directing teams are in the very closing stages of production on 2 films as part of FUSE Ignition Random Acts in the coming months. Ellie Ekrem and Dominika Ożyńska form one group while the other sees Ollie Pendle and Tom Willis working with Gabriella Ditton.
Channel 4 have the first option to pick up the projects on completion so fingers are crossed for all involved.
Noriko Ishibe, one of our excellent 3rd year students seems to pop up in the news feed quite a bit has revealed that she’s getting well nervous about her Q+A at Cinema Jam in London tonight (Feb 11th) - She reckons her English is ‘a bit mumbly’ but we think her film speaks for itself. Cinema Jam’s associated online magazine Spread will also be interviewing her about the film so keep watching the internet for that.
Since 1995 when she won the much coveted "Under 8's Colouring-In Challenge" at Twickenham Local Library, Harriet Croucher (Hat) had won nothing until this month when her 2nd year film Fruitcake started gathering in the gongs. At barely 1 month old the film has won Best International Student Animated Short at the Texas Ultimate Shorts Film Festival and then gone on to grab Animation of the Month and Documentary of the Month at the 12 Months Film Festival. Time to buy a lotto ticket...
A splendid congratulations is aimed at excellent 2nd year students Emily Langdon-Smith, Dan Corbett, Megan Yaxley, Tom Makinson, Altea Claveras and Sinead Stoddart who all have their films showing at several festivals on the planet already including Texas Ultimate Shorts Film Festival, Los Angeles Cinefest, College Town Film Festival, Roma Cinemadoc, Wendys Shorts Selby International Short Film Festival and several more besides. In our experience, it’s just the beginning of their journey…
Yet more 2nd year success has been visited upon Sinead Stoddart as her film One Too Many is off to New York City and the ANNY: Animation Nights New York - Feb Films screening event. Have a look at that here.
The film was finished in the first few minutes of 2016 and is now in it’s 9th festival - Canterbury University Film Festival in Canterbury of all places.
Congratulations to Michele Brand who’s 2nd year film One Small Voice will play at 140 Character Short Story Festival. It’s worth noting here too that as we go to press Toronto Short Film Festival has requested it.
Excellent to hear that Dann Parry, currently studying at the Royal College of Art has had his Farnham Graduation film Love and Papercuts nominated for the Royal Television Society Southern Award. Regal stuff!
We’re privileged and to be hosting once again the British Animation Awards Public Choice screenings this month. We’re especially excited as this year’s screenings feature work by UCA Farnham award-winning alumni Daniel Greaves, Chris Shepherd, Bexie Bush, Marcus Armitage and Kristian Andrews, tutors, director and composer Robert Bradbrook and Stuart Hilton and perhaps most exciting of all, recent graduates Katie Lenton and Henry Dunbar, who have both been nominated for Best Undergraduate Student Film. It's worth noting that of the total 35 awards nominees no less than 7 have their origins at Farnham. Grab a ticket and get your voting fingers out! Details to follow…
Knockout news for Pepe Gomez as his excellent 2nd year film Knocked Down has won Best Animated Short Film in the Lisbon international film festival, Winter Edition 2015. We’re going to have to invest in a new awards cabinet…
We are very excited about our thrillingly talented current 2nd years who have just launched their joyous first films onto the 2016 festival circuit and are already getting them accepted within days of them being finished. These are films that have only just learned to walk and talk! Hattie Croucher’s Fruitcake(pictured above), Tom Makinson’s Fandango and Altea Claveras’ Sleepwalkers will feature in Festivals as diverse and distant as Belgium Film Festival, Texas Ultimate Shorts and Barcelona Planet Film Festival.
It’s time for another Remus and Kiki update! Yey! So, as the winners of Beakus’ NewD graduate competition last year they’ve produced a lovely spot called Tuft about people with beards, generally blokes, and their one word descriptions of their face hamsters. Feed them carefully here.
We’re proud to see our own award-winning 3rd year Lissea Jordan has popped up in the Farnham Herald sporting her Best Newcomer gong won at Oska Bright Short Film Festival. Now in its seventh year the festival held in Brighton is the only one in the UK run for and by people with learning difficulties.
It’s always great to hear from Pepe Gomez who’s 2nd year films have both been making their way to more festivals; now it’s time for his boxing flick Knocked Down (pictured above) to get down to Portugal for the Lisbon International Film Festival and the Goldensun Short Film Festival sunny Malta. His first film Two Dancers also twerks over to Eppfilms Indie Theatre in Cleveland Ohio.
Also off to Goldensun Festival in Malta is Stew Powers’ 2nd year film Sky High which has now been included in a staggering 40 festivals! We need a Stew-o-meter to keep track of those totals coming in from our glamorous switchboard assistants who man those phones all night long.
It’s happening again!!!! Our current 2nd year’s have just completed an extraordinary collection of great Short Films and the first out of the blocks to get her film into a festival is Altea Claveras with Sleepwalkers which will play at the Delete TV 2016 festival.
Just whilst we’re all in post-seasonal reflective mode, it’s worth a little glimpse of the fantastic life drawings that were produced by our Year 3 Animation BA students over the last few weeks aided by the excellent tuition of the blue be-jacketed Martin Morris aka MAMO.org.uk More to come of this as the 2nd years embark on some of this action…
We are really knocked out to hear that 3 of last years films have been shortlisted for the coveted Best Student Film Award at the 2016 British Animation Awards. Henry Dunbar’s graduation film Pollock and Katie Lenton’s Man Up will play along with Remus Buznea and Kiki Kyriakou’s undergrad film Dateless. Get your voting gloves out people!
A lovely bit of news for Stew 'Super' Powers and his all conquering second year film Sky High as we hear that it has been selected to show at the 4th Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival this December, adding yet another country to his growing list of succesful festival entries. We are seriously going to have to get more stills of this one...
And a massive congratulations to current 3rd year student Lissea Jordan seen here sporting a fab new metal and glass Oska Bright 2016 award for her 2nd year film Pulling The Strings. Start clearing the shelves, the gongs are coming in...
Yes! Sam Palmer’s meltingly wonky 2nd year film Flavour of the Month will be jetting it’s way to the Cans Short Film Festival this month and no doubt she’ll be rubbing shoulders with the glitterati if she can get overself to Luton Library Theatre where it all kicks off. Ices will be available in the foyer - hundreds and thousands will be there.
Get your usual spot on the sofa as Jess Lester’s Couch Potatoes will be right there at the inaugural Manchester Animation Festival this month. Jess’ beautifully observed 2nd year film describes the family dogs’ daily battle for the optimum position from which to watch Gogglebox.
This week we were treated to another absolutely wizard visit from Aardman's superstar stop-motion guru Merlin Crossingham. He gave the students yet more solid gold tips and invaluable insights into getting the most out of their work whether stop-motion, CG, drawn and beyond. While he talked he appeared to be messing about with a small ball of modelling clay which by the end of his presentation had transformed into what can only be described as the small orange legend that is….Morph. Magic.
Here's our poster for Moth Collective's visit last month. Just because.
We’re still buzzing after being treated to a fantastically animated lecture by the multi-talented Jim Le Fevre last week. Jim works across all kinds of animated media from exhibition installations, puzzles, title sequences and commercials to his magical signature phonotropes of all scales. Properly wondrous stuff.
We had a very welcome visit from the beautiful Moth Collective last week which has resulted in a marked increase in inspiration and exciting colour use amongst the students. Coincidentally a series of small holes have appeared in the course cardigan - not sure why that would be...
Have a look at BAFTA nominated Farnham Alumnus and RCA graduate Marcus Armitage chatting about precisely how to become an animator. Marcus’ film My Dad recently won the coveted New Talent Award at Bristol Encounters Festival.
So now Russia plays host to Stu Powers’ 33rd festival inclusion, this time it’s the Zero Plus Festival. Here he is pictured above last week at the Bfi Mini Filmmakers Club showing the kids the magic of markers.
Will Rowson’s film Broken Down will play at London Shows International Film Festival alongside Lissea Jordan's 2nd year film Pulling The Strings (pictured above) that enjoys it's first outing on the festival circuit.
We are very much digging the news that Sabby Surrey’s 2nd year film Dig is off to Eire and the lovely Dublin Animation Film Festival 2015.
Andrew Whittle’s 2nd year films Two Idiots In A Boat and A Lot of Heels (pictured above) have now reached 23 festivals and counting including Future Film Festival 2015, SE10 Film Festival 2015, Student Art Festival 2015, Deep Fried Film Festival 2015, San Antonio Laughs Comedy Film Slam 2015, San Antonio Indie Film Slam, Visionaria, Italy, Standon Calling Festival and beyond….
AND, it’s festival number 30 for Stew Powers and his balloonatic film Sky High - this time it’s in competition at the International Animation Film Festival - Gdansk 2015, Poland. It's still gathering numerous plaudits and festival showings all over the planet including Adelaide Kids Film Festival, Visionaria in Sienna Italy and has also been shortlisted for BKSTS Widescreen, Bradford.
Ellie Ekrem who is now diving into her 3rd year here at UCA Farnham has been busy over the summer assisting our friends at the National Film and Television School on the splendid animated trailer for LIAF 2015. You can see that right here.
Just a quick reminder that Dann Parry and Mitchell Crawford (above) have their box fresh graduation shorts pulled up nice and snug and shown to all grown-ups with tickets this weekend at the Dorking Film Festival. Are you adult enough for this?
We’re feeling alarming levels of excitement building as both of Will Rowson’s 2nd year films, Celestial Sea and Broken Down have been getting very busy on the festival circuit and gathering those nice little laurels all over them. We love laurels. And we love Will.
Well done to recent graduate Alec Sugden currently busy doing his MSc somewhere splendid in the land of Kent. His film Midnight Games is in the New Talent section of Oska Bright Film Festival.
Primanima World Festival of First Animations welcomes ‘Venitas’, Vicky Vaughan’s 2015 graduation film, to the burbs of Budapest this October. As the filmmaker, Vicky gets free digs and as much Gulyás as she can eat! Szeretjük Magyarországon!
After being included in this year’s London Film Festival it’s an official Britsh film fact - Stew Powers’ film Sky High is now listed on the British Council's British Films Online Directory! This alongside doing yet more workshops for the kids based around this very film. He’s a real filmmaker now!
Nice to hear that this Halloween Emily Whittingham’s 2nd year film Spooks will be making its way round the earth to Perth in the downunder of Oz, specifically to Perth’s Northbridge Piazza, an outdoor cinema and exhibition space.
And most excellent to learn that recent graduate Sarah Doyle has herself an internship with Kids Industries. Sarah will be contributing her invaluable porcine animation skills as they develop a new Peppa Pig app.
Great work by Pepe Gomez as his 2nd year film Knocked Down has been travelling and winning things already in various festivals around the world appearing at Kolkata Short International Film Festival on India, iChill Festival in Spain, Wildsound Festival in Toronto. He has also won Best Animation at Short of the Month Online festival.
So if you’re near Dorking in this craziest of Septembers why not pop along and see Dann Parry’s grad film Love and Papercuts at the Dorking Film Festival.
Be sure to take a napkin - it’s a bit of a tear jerker….
Stu Powers just found out that besides his film Sky High making its way to the NIM Festival Nottingham this October he will also entertain and enlighten a group of kids in a workshop presentation about that very film - and who’s paying him? Only the BFI!!! Well done Stu!
Some beautifully illustrated gifts have made it our shores from and by Farnham alumnus and friend of the course Nagisa Kinoshita in Japan. Tutors could clearly barely control the amount of beaming coming off the front, sides and top of their heads...
Noriko Ishibe update! She is very chuffed (and so are we) that her 2nd year 2 film Tea With A Straw has been selected for CutOut Fest's Official Selection-Student film section. Still no sign of cake with a hammer.
We’ve just had great news from recent graduates Callum Harwood and Katie Harris who have their film String Theory showing at its first festival! So get over to Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) in Massachusetts, America in mid October.
Stu Powers’ powers have clearly increased to the point where he now has engineered an all expenses paid trip to Atlanta Film Festival in the US of Stateside all on the back of his Sky High short film - he will be travelling by balloon.
Good to hear that Anwen Edwards’ raw and provocative graduation film The F-Word has been selected for the 2015 Feminist and Queer International Film Festival taking place in Bucharest, Romania in November. Tell your gran.
More brilliant news for Yasmine Wilson as her excellent grad film Turkish Resistance has been selected for IN.S.A.N.E. Animation Film Festival, Malmö, Sweden, in September 2015 and the legendary KLIK! Animation Film Festival, Amsterdam, in October 2015.
As sunny September brings in the new term here’s some properly major good news! - our very own Kiki Kyriakou who graduated just last year has only gone and won the Beakus NewD 2015 competition to find the best, boldest and bravest animation graduates out there. They found her! The prize includes a paid internship with a view to becoming an ACTUAL BEAKUS DIRECTOR! YES WE’RE SHOUTING!! See her full frontal assault here. As it happens she’s sharing the prize with co-directing partner Remus Buznea who was also shortlisted.
Noriko Ishibe has completed her work with the lovely and splendid Moth Collective and her work can be seen in their Vimeo Staff Pick short film for the New York Times Modern Love column.
And while she’s working Noriko’s film Tea With A Straw continues to travel the world for her and has now ended up in sunny Greece at ANIMASYROS International Animation Festival + Agora in the Student Panorama.
Well done to Dann Parry, freshly ensconced at the RCA has his Farnham graduation film Love and Papercuts in the New Visions segment of the Puppet Place Festival.
Remus and Kiki’s now legendary Dateless film continues to do well and has been popping up in competition at Promofest’s Short of the Year along with appearances at Wallabout Film Festival and Deep Fried Film Festival.
Ever more joy for friendly neighbourhood tutor Andy Joule as his films continue to travel the festival circuit. His 2015 film Salvage was shortlisted in competition at the 3rd Srem International Festival of Documentary, Tourism & Ecology. Serbia and at XXI Cine Eco Environmental Film Festival, Portugal.
Ok so now we really have lost count of how many festivals Stu Powers’ Sky High short film has travelled to
but it really is over 20 now! - this time it’s the 22nd Edition of FICMA in Barcelona and even as I type he just WON A PRIZE which means his film will be shown on the opening night at Atlanta Film Festival!!
Oh go on then a bit more Stu Powers update since the last few minutes - Sky High will now be part of the Official Selection of the 59th London Film Festival!! Seems like a thing.
Our beloved and busy second year student Andrew Whittle(pictured abaove) is getting a good rep with Slurpy Studios where he is currently working, experiencing what he describes as work experience - 2 thumbs up were sent to us to indicate Slurpy's approval. Hopefully they were not his actual thumbs. We have been assured that the above picture is apparently not him after all so please recall the dogs.
Excellent news and congrats to recent graduate George Judd who has won himself a 6 month placement as Animation Trainee at Content Creatures in Surrey's pulsating Leatherhead on the back of a good range skills shown in his graduate work.
Wussywat the Clumsy Cat, the new kids series brought to us by the mighty Baby Cow Productions, now features Shelley Nichols on the credits! Shelley graduated in 2013 and has been working steadily in the engine room ever since.
Current second year Jose Gomez has had the knockout news that his film Knocked Down has been selected for the 4th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival - and this is just round 1!
Joy of Reading by James Chapman also of our current 2nd year has won honourable mention in the micro film category at Top Shorts Online Film Festival 2015.
Just when you thought Detroit couldn’t get any more scary their Troma Dance Film Festival will be showing Spooks by 2nd year student Emily Whittingham and it’s not even Halloween! Also, The Straw Man, her second 2nd year film (2nd!) has been accepted into Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego!
Well done to 2nd year student Noriko Ishibe who has had her delightful first film Stolen Shoes(pictured) included in the British Animation Festival. Meanwhile she continues her exciting work at Moth Collective through the summer whilst her latest film Tea With A Straw has been included in the 9th Edition of the River Film Festival in Padova, Italy.
The 2015 Guildford Fringe Festival features the excellent recent graduation films Love and Papercuts by
Dann Parry and Beams by Mitchell Crawford(pictured above).
A big Tebrikler! to Yasemin Wilson for having her film Turkish Resistance selected for 3 festivals already since she graduated just now!! The Biennial Edition of CinéWomen, Doc Sunback Film Festival and IndiEarth Animation Festival will all be showing this little treasure of a film.
Stu Powers has been recently spotted introducing his 2nd year film Sky High at Animafest Zagreb! That’ll be him on the right of the picture enjoying his lanyard - keep an eye out for him at a festival near you…
The Big Art Show takes place this July at the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury and features a great selection of work from our students. You can find more info about it here.
We’re very proud to hear that 2015 graduate Alec Sugden has his 2nd year short film Midnight Games included in the Oska Bright Film Festival, the 6th International Festival of short films and digital media by people with a learning disability.
Whilst poised to start his MA at the RCA, brand new graduate Dann Parry has found his film Love and Papercuts in the lineup on The Shortest Nights as part of the Short Sighted Cinema UK Summer Tour. The film has some innovative self-help tips for those struggling with an unbearable yearning for love.
Well done to Sam Palmer and Sabby Surrey who have had their 2nd year films Flavour of the Month (left) and Dig (bottom right) selected for the Biennial Edition of CinéWomen 2015 along with Anwen Edwards and her recent graduation film The F Word. Previous publications can be viewed here.
A big hooray is aimed at Emily Whittingham who’s 2nd year film The Straw Man has emerged from a haunting fog to now be selected for its first festival: Doc Sunback Film Festival in Kansas.
The year 2 students have made some really excellent work this year and you can view their 2015 Year 2 Showreel here.
Ellie Ekrem is off to Italy to see her 2nd year film Arms Of The Sea at River Festival in Padua, just round the corner from Venice. She could even consider nipping round another big corner to Ruma in Serbia where it also has been selected for the Mister Vorky festival of 1 minute films.
Congratulations to William Oh who has his 2nd year film about OCD included in the Bangalore Shorts Film Festival in India.
Both of Will Rowson's 2nd year films Broken Down and Celestial Sea (pictured) were included in the Comical Festival which was held at the FirstSite Gallery in Colchester in May 2015.
Glittering prizes everywhere were again in evidence at our annual prize-giving ceremony on private view night. 10 students were awarded the much-coveted, artisanal, gold-style trinkets and additional bubbles for their skills in a range of categories and now including the brand new ‘Good Egg’ award. You can get an overview of the 3rd year work on the 2015 Graduate Showeel.
Congratulations to our utterly lovely and talented graduates this year! The whole team wish them the very best of luck in their future endevours. Nice to see course leader Lesley Adams in a character defining sweatshirt (centre left) bought for her by those very splendid students.
So all that painting and gluing and printing and cleaning has resulted in a brilliant graduation show this year. Great examples of 2D and 3D work were shown along with splendid displays of the huge range of animation techniques used by our students.
She didn’t know until just now but 2nd year student Hannah Brown had her short film Squeak! included at the Athens ANIMFEST. This year the festival showed many films from UCA Farnham’s excellent 2nd year output.
He's missed a bit.
People get ready! Yes it’s paint and hammers and all things pointy and painty in the wonderful business we call ‘show’. The 3rd years here pictured can be seen wielding assorted DIY items to help bring the studio to life. Course Leader Lesley Adams prepares herself mentally.
So Sam Palmer’s sweet and melty Flavour of the Month has fittingly been awarded Best Experimental Short at SE10 Festival over in Greenwich. There’s probably a joke about foyers and intervals and ice creams but it’s late and the freezer is empty.
Great news for Emily Whittingham too! - her 2nd Year short film Squabblin’ Spooks got into ANIMAZE the Montreal International Animation Festival 2015.
Noriko Ishibe is almost as happy as we are to see her latest 2nd year film, Stolen Shoes (pictured) has been selected for the ANIMASIVO official selection in Mexico. Have a look around the festival here. Noriko’s film is in the 'UNIVERSITARIO INTERNACIONAL’ section. To cap a great month for her it looks like she’ll be busy with Moth Collective again this summer.
Not only has 2nd year student Andrew Whittle been getting his films into nigh on 20 festivals so far, he has also started to monetise the acheivement as he has now won the Filmmakers Choice Award and $200 prize at Toronto Student Film Festival.
Our Camelot by 2nd year team Ollie Pendle and Tom Willis has been chosen to be part of the official selection for Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation - starting with San Diego Comicon. Their film features the sonorous voice of David Cann in fine form. Quite a coup to catch Cann...
Will Rowson has both of his 2nd tear films Broken Down and Celestial Sea cued up ready to play on TV in the US as part of Novella Showcase. Will also has himself a summer job lined up at Animation Software developers IKinema along with fellow 2nd year student Atbin Ebrahimpour. Above we picture an image from a short ident he made a few months ago.
Sabby Surrey has recently heard the splendid news that her 2nd year film Dig will play at River Film Festival in the US along with several other of our students work.
Nice to see God Sent Bees... by 2014 graduate Simon Davies making it into the InHouse Festival in London this month. Save the Bees people!
2nd year student Stu Powers, as predicted and celebrated, has his film in yet another festival, now it’s the International Eurofilm Festival. Intercontinental!
Ellie Ekrem, currently poised on the cusp of 3rd year, admits to being 'very excited’ (with happy face emoticon) about getting her film Arms of the Sea (pictured) into the Student Art Festival, Orlando Florida. Will Rowson’s film Broken Down also got in there.
Nice to hear news from Matt Brookes one of our 2013 graduates who will be starting an MA in Digital Design at De Montford University.
Spanish dog bloggers seem to have taken a shine to 1st year student Megan Yaxley’s post of her group short film Harley and Isla. Have a look here at that. Woof!
Very proud to hear that our very own Dann Parry, currently finishing his Graduation film Love and Papercuts(pictured), has got himself a place on the world renowned MA Animation course at the RCA. Well done to Dann(not pictured above) and an exactly similar well done! goes to Jennifer Haugan who graduated from here in 2013 and will join Dann over there in Battersea.
Super good news for Holly Brookman and her delightfully refreshing 2nd year short film Tea which will show at the 9th Edition of the River Film Festival in Padova, Italy June 2015. Maybe it’s time to open a packet of digestives. Or Hobnobs(other all-butter, oaty tea-snacks are available).
And a big, scary, congratulations kind of noise is aimed squarely at Emily Whittingham who now has her 2nd year film Squabbling’ Spooks showing at Animaze - Montreal International Animation Festival 2015.
Stu Powers’ short film Sky High has featured heavily in our news section of late and things are set to continue this way as his film will now play at the excellent Animafest Zagreb 2015 - World Festival of Animated Film. He’ll be on his way to beautiful Croatia to gain experience of introducing his film to a live audience in the Films For Children Competition program. Good luck to Stu!
We like to catch up with Bexie Bush once of this parish who’s NFTS graduation film Make Do And Mend this week won prizes at 2 festivals, Paris ECU Festival and the Oscar-qualifying Aspen Shortsfest 2015. Splendid work.
So we’re back after an egg-shaped period of time, the sun is vaguely having a go and the blossom is littering the pavements with dangerous pink slime. Hooray! First up is a snap of of our super keen 2nd and 3rd years who have been out and about being nice to people at various animation studios and post production houses in London. Here they are playing nicely outside Soho’s famous Framestore. There are those who say there is too much coffee in Soho - Atbin (front.centre) in no way agrees.
Good to hear that Man Up by recent graduate Katie Lenton continues to travel the world as indeed does she at the moment. After her RTS nomination and excellent work with the NFTS she now has her film in one of the most famous animation festivals of all - Animafest Zagreb 2015.
Visiting lecturer and alumnus Jonathan Topf recently warned us that this might happen and it really did! He’s over there on the right with a fake hand and wearing DJ AND BOWTIE after receiving a BAFTA as part of the now legendary UsTwo team that brought the world the gorgeous and mesmerising mobile game Monument Valley.
Crazy splendid news from the lovely people at Athens Animfest 2015 who have selected no less than 16 films from amongst our current 2nd years, 3rd years and last year’s graduates. Well done and good luck as they’re all in competition in the Student Film category!
And whilst we’re talking competitions why not pop over to here http://www.viewster.com/movie/1293-19361-000/two-dancers/ where Jose Gomez’s short film Two Dancers is twerking it out at the Viewster Online Film Festival. It’s a voting thing so get your special thumb out!
Great to see that Remus and Kiki’s Dateless got 2nd place at Boomtown Film Festival in the Student category https://www.facebook.com/boomtownfestival . The film has been travelling about a lot and was recently seen at the Animex Awards along with several of our student’s films. Scroll down for more on this March news...
Our very own sessional lecturer and alumnus Rebecca Manley has published an excellent and illuminating article via Directors UK entitled ‘What Is An Animation Director?’ You can read it here http://www.directors.uk.com/about-us/news/what-animation-director
There's more Holland Animation Film Festival 2015 fun for 3 more of our 2nd years as Noriko Ishibe, Jwala Adhikari, Jose Gomez and Louie Batten(pictured) have their films featured amongst a shortlist of 50 in the HAFFtube selection online, the best of which gets to be a guest of the festival! You can see them here: https://www.youtube.com/user/HAFFTube.
There’s a daft amount of good news flying about at the moment mostly in the 2nd year world but now we have some superb extra special news that 2 graduates and 2 current third years have their films in the official selection at Holland Animation Film Festival 2015. Shelley Nichols' provocative Dirty Minds and Jazzy Ive’s mysterious Barometz will play alongside Mitchell Crawford’s and Naomi Cant’s 2nd year films Club Drunk and Karolina respectively. Prachtig!
Well done to Sabbryanne Surrey has her 2nd year short film Dig included in the Three Cities Festival in the US along with Sam Palmer’s Flavour of the Month.
It’s worth noting that Stu Powers’ short film Sky High has now got into a stratospheric 6 film festivals and most likely counting….ping! there goes my inbox again and yep, Stew’s film is now in the IAFF "Golden Kuker-Sofia” 2015 in Bulgaria. Keep watching the skies etc.....
And just because we’re so proud of them and also because we dressed up nicely here’s a few more RTS evening snaps - note Remus’ scary glass mask that he now insists upon wearing. Their award-winning film Dateless continues to thrive on the festival circuit and is now in competition at The 19th Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival 2015 (SICAF2015)
Yes!! Back of the net! Remus and Kiki win the RTS award with their now seminal short film Dateless. The crowd loved it and the magnanimous nominees graciously agreed that it was the worthy winner. A splendid evening was had.
So off we went with Remus Buznea and Kiki Kyriakou (young people) to the Royal Television Awards with fingers crossed and no selfie stick! Nominated for the Best Student Animation award with their film Dateless the air crackled with anticipation. Would they win it? Could they win it?
We are very excited to welcome the very splendid actor David Cann into one of our lovely sound booths for a voice over session with Ollie Pendle(left) and Tom Willis(other left), a directing duo from our current 2nd year. Ollie battled face-biting spiders to even get here whilst co-director Tom treated David to fresh tea in a bid to offset frightening tales of potential arachnid attacks in the Surrey area.
We are super delighted to hear that our very own Dan Parry currently working on his final film has got himself an interview at the RCA to study for an MA in Animation. Fingers are crossed and arms are folded nicely. The above still is from the rushes for his current project Love and Papercuts which features origami of an adult nature. Jennifer Haugan who graduated in 2013 also has herself an interview so good luck to them both!
Here is current 2nd year student Noriko Ishibe (in a scarf) pictured alongside Farnham alumnus Marcus Armitage at the BAFTA awards last month. Noriko was an assistant animator on Marcus’ BAFTA nominated film My Dad.
Whilst the Year 3 students are deep into production of their Final Films the 2nd year students continue to do outstandingly well with their Short Films. Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games has shown Stu Powers’ Sky High and Sam Palmer’s Flavour of the Month.
Noriko Ishibe (pictured) and Jose Gomez both have their 2nd year short films included in the Viewster Online Film Fest. That festival lives in space just about here https://filmfreeway.com/festival/VOFF
Screetest: The National Student Film Festival has accepted a fabulous collection of films from our 2nd Years including Another Drink Please by Jess Lester along with Sam Palmer’s Flavour of the Month, Alex Bass’ Butterflies (above) and Emily Whittingham’s Squabbling’ Spooks. http://www.screentestfest.org.uk/
Well done to Ellie Ekrem who has her 2nd year film journeying it’s way over to Padua in Italy very soon as part of the River Film Festival whilst Stu Powers has his film Sky High floating over to the 2015 Chester International Film Festival where it features in the Animation Showcase taking place in, of all places, Chester. http://www.festival.chesterfilmfans.co.uk/?page_id=227
We also hear tell of excellent recent graduate Shelley Nichols doing a talk as part of Animation Day, part of the 8th BFI Future Film Festival 2015.
Remus Buznea and Kiki Kyriakou are fast developing legendary status here at Animation HQ and as if it’s not enough to be nominated for an RTS award, they now find themselves featured in the Farnham Herald! Papp them now whilst they’re still within touching distance…
Senior lecturer Andy Joule has won a prize at St.Andrew’s Green Film Festival in Scotland with his latest film Salvage. The film features in the online photography magazine Zone Zero along with another of his short films ‘ellipsis’. Go here to see http://zonezero.com/temporality/250-andy-joules-projects
We’ve just had the most amazing lecture from the very fabulous and generous legend of a man that is Pete Saunders of puppet master builders Mackinnon & Saunders. He brought in some of the most exquisite stop motion puppets from numerous legendary animated films and let us all play with them! See!
Our year 2 students this year have absolutely knocked it out of the park as they say with a third of the year group getting their splendid short films into various festivals around the world. Andrew Whittle (monkey with hat) actually managed to get his films into 9 festivals! And counting….
And here they are, those fabulous year 2 people who got their films into all those festivals - Jose Gomez, Alex Bass, Stew Powers, Andrew Whittle(no hat), Ellie Ekrem, Noriko Ishibe, Jess Lester, Sam Palmer and Emily Whittingham.
Well done to year 2 student Sam Palmer who will make her festival debut with a deliciously melty short film called Flavour of the Month. Her film is showing at Animex International 2015 in Feb, at the Three Cities Festival in the US and now hot off the internet NoworNever International Film Festival in sunny Gran Canaria, Spain.
Mitchell Crawford has his excellent 2nd year film Club Drunk featured as a 'Short of the Month’ at the eponymous website here http://www.shortofthemonth.com/film/club-drunk/ while it also features at AVIFF Art Film Festival in Cannes.
Farnham alumni Sharon Lui and Veselina Dashinova both contributed animation to a feature documentary screened on BBC4 last week called Kiss The Water - The Art of Fly Fishing.
News just in! Table Manners, the excellent puppet film directed by our own sessional lecturer and alumnus Rebecca Manley has been voted Video of the Day on the VOTD.tv website.
Scatterbrain by Chris MacFarlane continues to bounce about the festival circuit in new and interesting ways. And now he’s won a prize with a re-edited version at Stuttgart Filmwinter Festival 2015. Chris’ maverick work took a while to find an audience but his hilariously wonky vision now tantalises festival goers all over the Eurozone in places such as London, Barcelona, Kosovo and at least 3 festivals in Germany.
If you find yourself dreaming of summertime in Shrewsbury during these damp and snowy days why not make that dream an inch closer to reality by noting that a selection of our student’s films will feature at the Big Art Show in that very town. Summer is coming...
Ok, so now we’re getting absurdly excited as Dateless by Remus Buznea and Kiki Kyriakou and Man Up by Katie Lenton have both been nominated for the coveted Royal Television Society award. Get the frocks and suits out people!
Marcus Armitage who graduated in 2012 continues to do really well in his post Farnham career as he has now been nominated for a BAFTA award for his film My Dad.
Great to see that current third year students Shashi Kahlon and Callum Harwood have proved themselves to be very employable as they have been working together on a project with the producers of ITV’s This Morning. We hear it’s something to do with baking a CG cake whatever that might be...
We are very proud to learn that 3 short films produced right here at UCA Farnham have been bought for the nation by the BFI. Britain and Betty, both by Bexie Bush and Dinner Is Served by Shelley Nichols were made right here in the years we came to know affectionately as 2011 and 2014.
Our own Andy Joule is in the Farnham Herald again this time for all the right reasons as his film Four and Five scoops an award at the inaugural Without Words Film Festival in France.
Well Christmas is utterly concluded and we're all back at the coalface with tiny hammers and feeling feverish. However it seems like another Christmas has come early as the mighty Smith & Foulkes from Nexus Productions visit us this Friday 16th with tales of endeavour and fortitude on the fearsome and beguiling pack-ice that is animation. Wrap up warm!
A big and scary well done to current 2nd year student Emily Whittingham(pictured left) who has already started getting her work out there and has had her first short film, all about local spooks, accepted in KisaKes Short Film Festival, Istanbul. She also wins the now coveted bottle of 'Champagne de Stoke’ - you may know this popular celebration drink as just fizzy ‘pop’ but in some quarters it’s regarded as so much more...
Andrew Whittle of our current 2nd year has been busy again working for ITV on yet another project for This Morning whilst his short film is off travelling the world of animation festivals such as Montevideo in Uruguay and Festival International de Cine Pobre in Cuba and even getting on the last remaining TV in Michigan!
Stu Powers too has his short film included in the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation which tours the US in all weathers throughout this year that everyone is already calling 2015! Welcome!
As a special treat this Christmas why not try to enjoy this imported seasonal rarity from the Farnham Animation yuletide celebration harmony team. Here's wishing widespread peace upon your particular planet.
Massive congrats to our alumnus chum Marcus Armitage who has just won Best British Film at the London International Film Festival for his RCA film My Dad. It will also feature at the London Short Film Festival in January Go here for more info http://www.liaf.org.uk/2014/11/liaf-2014-and-the-winner-is/
More congratulations go to alumnus and friend of the course Bexie Bush whose NFTS grad film just keeps winning stuff from Palm Springs to Puchon and now to Croydon.
Andy Joule of this parish continues to collect silverware for his big cupboard as he has now received a Jury 2nd Prize at the Without Words Film Festival in France for his experimental short film 'four & five’.
We’ve been seeing some fantastic life drawing from our students under the excellent tuition of the man in the blue jacket, Martin Morris. Once again, people that thought they couldn’t really draw producing some memorably gorgeous work.
We had the absolute privilege of hosting stop motion bona fide legend Barry Purves for this month’s lecture and it was packed with solid gold goodness. Inspirational passion and deep knowledge of the subject expertly spun together into a lecture that was over too soon.
Exciting times afoot for current 3rd year student Dann Parry who’s 2nd year film A Boy and his Monster has been sought out to feature in the Freakatorium event at the 2014 Greenhorn Short Film Festival taking place in London this month.
Congratulations to 2012 graduate Joanna Brooks who is now off to Bristol for 3 months as she has gained a coveted place on Aardman/NFTS’s excellent Character Animation course.
Further congrats to another 2012er Matt Brooks who’s film SPD&Me will play at this year's Young Cuts Film Festival in Montreal, Canada.
Remus Buznea and Kiki Kyriakou’s outstanding 2nd year film Dateless continues to garner praise and festival action this time in LA with the return of Animation Libation’s International Short Film Festival and also at the regular Cinefamily Animation Breakdown event. http://www.cinefamily.org/films/animation-breakdown/
And with a salty tear in our collective eye we bid a fond farewell for now to the mighty Will Bishop-Stevens, stop-motion glowing angel(pictured) and actual filmmaker type tutor tech who has himself a properly big job in London to get a grip of. Good luck to you sir!
We had an absolutely superb talk from recent NFTS graduates and Farnham alumni Bexie Bush and Rebecca Archer last month and we just found the photos lurking in a camera! Great visit. Great people.
Now is the time to come and visit our course here at UCA Farnham. Follow the link below and and book your place on one of our Autumn Open Days. These are informal events where you can find out everything you need to know about studying with us or any course at UCA. Our Open Days run on the following dates:
Wednesday 29 October 2014
Saturday 15 November 2014
Wednesday 3 December 2014
Click here to book your visit http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/opendays See you soon! #UCAopendays
We are absurdly excited to be hosting stop-motion animation legend Barry Purves for our next Animation Keynote Lecture. Barry has won over sixty major international awards, including Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Film, and OSCAR and BAFTA nominations.
Sessional lecturer Robert Bradbrook has his gorgeous new film Dead Air premier at the London Film Festival this month. All the music for the film was composed by our very own Stuart Hilton, senior lecturer of this parish - this time with his music hat on. And trousers.
We had the distinct pleasure of hosting award winning NFTS and Farnham alumni Rebecca Archer and Bexie Bush as our first animation keynote lecturers of the season. Their funny and illuminating tales of directing and animating both together and individually were a joyous and invaluable insight.
Big congratulations to Bexie Bush on winning a Silver Medal at Manhattan Short 2014 - add to the growing list of world-wide awards and nominations for her utterly beautiful and moving NFTS film Mend and Make Do.
Excellent to learn that Laughing Policeman by Marcus Armitage has been bought by the BFI on behalf of the nation! Marcus graduated from UCA Farnham with this film in 2012 and then went on to study at the RCA.
One of the course team’s big favourite films of recent years is Scatterbrain from the maverick talent that is Chris MacFarlane. It’s a rarely screened gem but it is showing at Witney Film Festival this month. If you’re going there it’s very near a place called Ducklington. It’ll be worth the trip.
Katie Lenton who graduated last year with her excellent mixed media film Man Up is keeping busy making short films of her own whilst becoming an invaluable all round animator, puppeteer and set builder on one of this years NFTS productions. She’s in there waving from an unusually tiny room.
And in a regular item catching up with how our recent graduates are faring out there it's good to hear that 2014 graduate Laurence Vincent is making his way as an After Effects animator and compositor in London whilst over in Bristol, Aardman have taken on 2012 graduate Joanna Brooks who got a place on their Aardman/NFTS Character Animation course.
Also good to hear that Jennifer Haugan’s film Orpheus continues to travel the world having recently been to 12th Mumia Festival in Brazil, Conway Film Fest in Arkansas, USA and shortly back home to Underwire Film Festival.
Congratulations to our 2014 graduates Henry Dunbar, Will Davies(film still above), Billy Lubach, Katie Lenton and Harry Peters, Ollie Cole and Luke Howell all of whom have work featuring in the Make Believe exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery right here in Farnham. The exhibition showcases the excellent work produced by our graduates in 2014 and runs from 15th Sept - 17th Oct.
Let's raise a glass to Mitchel Crawford who's excellent and frankly woozy film Club Drunk will participate in the international student competition of the 9th ANI'MEST International Animation Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania in October. Go here for more info on that. www.animest.ro.
With a coveted Vimeo 'Staff Pick' under their collective belt already Remus Buznea and Kiki Kyriakou's 2nd year film Dateless is now up on CartoonBrew TV and there's a nice article about them here: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/brewtv/dateless-102668.html
Remus and Kiki's outstanding 2nd year film Dateless continues to do well and can be seen in competition for the audience award at this year's Anim'est International Animation Festival in Bucharest, Romania this October.
A fluffy Farnham hug goes to Dan Parry who's 2nd year film The Boy and his Monster will feature in the 'Fear and Loathing' screening at the 20th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol. God Sent Bees... by Simon Davies and Dinner is Served by Shelley Nichols will also play in the 'Pleasure and Pain' screening. Ointments, condiments, gravy, liniments and balms are optional.
It's nice to hear from one of our Maltese friends, Joseph Caruana who graduated in 2011 with his excellent short film The New and The Other and is now main Visual Creative at Stickee, a European digital creative agency with it's HQ now in Malta.
Our very own Andy Joule continues to produce work that is very busy on the festival circuit - His experimental film work continues to travel the world stopping off in film festivals from Hungary, Greece and Russia to Mexico and Argentina. His music video for 'Me Fish Bring' by William D. Drake has been selected for screening at the Festival Internacional Del Cortometraje FIC 2014 in Buenos Aires this September and features the fine animated work of two UCA Farnham graduates Rebecca Barbuscia and Nikki Valid. The video features the pixillated faces of the band as well as a timelapsed still-life of decomposing mackerel - a shot that took 10 days to film - in the height of summer. Challenging pungency. Andy is almost completely recovered but the set is still aflame to this day.
And just look at this feast of lovely graduates! Our deeply splendid 3rd years pictured at the Royal Festival Hall saying farewell to their student years and hello to being people with an actual BA(Hons) after their names. Nick Ives pictured bottom right has NEVER looked like this before. Fascinating. Yey!
Brilliantly, Dateless, the excellent 2nd year film by Remus Buznea and Kiki Kyriakou has been selected for the CartoonBrew 5th Student Animation Festival showing this July. Well done to them as this is a very difficult festival to be selected for and the standard is very high indeed as you can see right here: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/student/official-selections-for-our-5th-stude...
Pollock by Henry Dunbar, Dateless by Remus Buznea and Kiki Kyriakou, Moth Trouble(pictured) by Billy Lubach and Man Up by Katie Lenton will all feature at Fresh from Farnham at the Guildford Fringe festival in July. Well done to these students who also feature on this years DVD of selected work from Farnham Animation.
We do like to keep up to date with our students’ developing careers and we’re happy to see that Joel Air, graduate from 2011 has recently completed his Masters degree in character animation and now works at Framestore in London.
More good news of recent graduates as Erika Moutinho - after 3 months work experience as an assistant editor on the BBC's Musketeers series she is now working at a post-production house called Molinare in Soho as a trainee edit assistant on a new HBO show called Strike Back.
Jazzy Ive got into the top ten with her entry for the Global Animation Contest with Animation Libation Studios. The sting she made can be seen here.
Our Animation BA Degree Show looks really amazing this year and it has a great sense of what this course is really about. There's still time to come and sample the showreels, see the films and get a glimpse of even more beautiful, funny and fascinating behind the scenes material in their static show.
Glittering prizes and much merriment was again evident at our annual, dazzlingly ultra-slick USCARS(sic) ceremony on private view night where students are awarded the coveted golden effect gongs for skills displayed in a range of categories. Congratulations to all our frankly lovely and talented graduates this year! We wish them the very best of luck in their future endevours.
Congratulations and celebrations are close now as the 3rd years prepare to graduate. The students have spilled sweat, tears, blood and paint to put up their stunning looking degree show this week. It's a fine thing to behold and features a typically exciting range of diverse approaches to this lovable medium. Come one and all and feast upon the many flavoured beast that is Farnham Animation!
As a little teaser before the show here is a link to the 2014 Graduate Showreel. http://farnhamanimation.com/page/showreels/2014graduateshowreel Well done to all this years graduates!
You can also see a selection of work from our 2nd years here: http://farnhamanimation.com/page/showreels/2014-2ndyear-showreel
The legendary Animafest Festival in Zagreb this year features a retrospective of key animation works from the Royal College of Art including Pendulum, a hypnotic cameraless mantra film made by Senior Lecturer Stuart Hilton of this parish.
Also of this parish, Andy Joule has his recent film showing at the 10th Festival Miden, Kalamata in Greece July 2014.
Morgan Twiston-Davies' second year film Mop Loves Bucket will be showing in Les Nuits Coquines competition at Cinema le Festival in Bègles, France. Thrillingly described as a Sexy Animated Film Festival, Morgan's dirty little film should slip in nicely etc...
A little something we missed - Film Club director and Farnham alumni Yui Hamagashira was part of the team that won the Best Commercial at this year's BAA's. Yui brought her bold and distinctive style to the design of the ad for the charity Mindful.org
Will Bishop-Stephens' new film Two Films About Loneliness is starting to get busy at festivals and has earned him special mention at the excellent Oberhausen Short Film Festival this month. Will lives in the very core of the stop-motion studios here at Farnham just along from the sound studios where our own Joe Sudlow produced the sound.
Well done to current 2nd year students Victoria Vaughan and Yasemin Wilson who have had their films selected for the Anca in Wonderland section of the 7th International Animation Festival, Žilina, Slovakia in June. Yasemin's film How To Cut An Avocado (pictured) is a helpful instructional film about strategies for guarding against the all too common occurrence of kitchen bloodbaths.
DOTYK (pictured) by Rebecca Barbuscia, Nicky Valid, Kamil Kopys and Subaru Yamazaki continues do well in festivals receiving Special Mention at Animfest, Athens. Amazingly, in 2014 alone, 37 of our students from both 2nd and 3rd year have had films selected for screening at eight film Festivals including Animafest Athens, Melbourne International Animation Festival. Holland Animation Festival and London Short Film Festival. Well done to all!!
Cells Happen (pictured) by Shelley Nicholls and Shaker by Billy Lubach, both current third years have had their excellent 2nd year films included in competition at the Melbourne International Animation Festival. Outstanding work by both! Recent graduate Lukas Hawes also has his excellent film Tion showing too.
More festival madness as recent graduate Matt Brookes has his film SPD and Me included in the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival 2014! His film has no mountains or even mountaineering equipment in it but that's not held it back in this instance.
Beloved animation team member Will Bishop-Stephens has just released his new film Two Films About Loneliness co-directed with Christopher Eales. Will has created a stop motion split screen film about the search for companionship and acceptance in the age of the wonderful Internet. Excellent comic Tim Key voices one of the characters.
Fab news for current first year Andrew Whittle as he was selected by producers at ITV's This Morning to work his animation magic on a segment of the show called Movie Mansions. They've come back for even more pixie dust from tv's own Mr. Whittle. Stay tuned.
Veselina Dashinova, alumnus and visiting lecturer has been busy working on a film for a Belgian theatre company 4hoog. It's a stop motion film for kids shot on location in Ghent and uses gorgeous analogue effects with lighting and dry ice.
Most excellent to hear that current 3rd year student Craig Dolan has managed to win himself a proper, paid internship at MTV Europe for a whole year! Competition was intense for this post and there are those that say he had to beat off stiff competition to get there - we think it more likely they just found his brand of maverick inventiveness and willingness to learn nigh on irresistible.
A large and special well done goes to Luke Howell, currently still in his 3rd Year, who has already secured a job with Ikinema, specialists in developing cutting edge software for Maya users.
We are sending our most fabulous congratulations of all to Farnham alumni Bexie Bush and Rebecca Archer who both graduated from The NFTS last week with 2 superb and beautiful films. We are so proud of these two excellent and superb women who will surely go on to great things. Pop! Pop! Fizzzzz.....
Extra congratulations go to Bexie on her very special award for Best Student at the NFTS. Here she is receiving her reportedly substantial award stood alongside the extraordinary legend that is Ken Loach!!!! That's KEN LOACH people! And BEXIE BUSH! Remember those names...
Nice to see alumnus Grace Suarez up on stage at the NFT as part of the crew of the beautifully crafted NFTS graduation film Port Nasty by Robert Zywietz.
As the relative warmth of March tenderly squeezes more joy into our brains we celebrate alumnus success at the 2014 BAA's as Tony 'No beard' Farquhar-Smith wins the professional Sting award. We also note with pride that one of the awards this year has been created by our very own alumnus and visiting tutor Rebecca Manley.
Undergraduates Jwala Adhikari and Jazzy Ive have both had films included in the Official Selection at the Holland Animation Film Festival 2014: competition for European student films. Jwala is currently in 2nd year and Jazzy in her final year of study and the films are Mobile and Dead Meat (pictured above) respectively.
A still from Jwala Adhikari's 2nd year film Mobile which has been selected for the Holland Animation Film Festival 2014.
Big congratulations to recent student David Woof as his bi-eponymous 2nd year film Woof Woof was screened at the Très Court International Film Festival in France, the film was then bought by the festival with the aim of showing it in schools throughout France!
In more French news recent graduate Liam Harris who is now studying at the NFTS was invited to the 31st Annual Environmental Film Festival in France along with his 2nd year film Fourth Assessment Report (pictured). Yep, it's Harris in Paris! http://fife-english.iledefrance.fr/all-selection/fourth-assessment-report
As promised, super hot internet sensation Cyriak Harris was prized from the very deep countryside of a cab ride away to the slightly less deep countryside of the big lecture theatre to illustrate in very hilarious diagram form the inside of his mind in relation to the outside of it and showed us some of the miraculous animated constructions he's produced whilst using that very same mind. Also fingers. And cows.
This month as part of our keynote animation lecture series we have had some truly superb visitors who have shared with us some priceless insights and experiences from the strange world of animating things. Darren Walsh frightened and amused with his Angry Kid masks, blue rabbits, meerkats and a big sausage. Spicy.
February was very special as we were once again host to a series of 3 screenings of the 2014 British Animation Awards. An amazing range of excellent and innovative work was seen in the packed theatre and audiences had the opportunity to vote for their favourite work using the power of people with paper and pencils.
The students LOVE cartoons...
It's hard enough getting films into festivals when you're a graduate but current students Shelley Nichols from 3rd year and Remus Buznea and Naomi Cant from 2nd year are already in competition at the St.Albans Film Festival alongside recent graduates Jonathan Dean, John Goodhead and Jennifer Haugan. Well done to all and good luck with that cash prize!!
Naomi Cant's film Karoline (pictured above) is one of 6 from our current and recent students featuring at the St.Albans Film Festival next month. A big shiny well done to all!
This week we welcome back the mighty Darren Walsh who returns to give a lecture about his many and various hugely successful animated productions over the years. He's the inventor of the hilarious Angry Kid series that used his innovative stop-motion techniques and he is also the head Meercat wrangler that brought us those now legendary commercials - seemples!
This month we were treated to a fascinating lecture from animation treasure Caroline Leaf. Caroline spoke about her creative process and about making films and creating memorable images. She brought along several remarkable items from her studio including a selection of strips of the original Imax 70mm film from her seminal 'cameraless' work Two Sisters. Each frame of the film was scratched into the layers of emulsion on the surface to elicit the rich green, yellow, white and black imagery (pictured). A proper treat for all. There's a great article about Caroline's visit here: http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/Iconic-filmmaker-gives-guest-lecture-to-UCA-a...
A nice UCA article here about Farnham Animation students strong showing at the London Short Film Festival this year. The article highlights the work of Jonathan Dean, Billy Lubach and the team that brought us DOTYK. You can read the article here: http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/news/2014/january/London-Short-Film-Festival-...
Skwigly online animation magazine features a great piece about acting for animation written by our very own in house treasure Andy Joule: Read his piece here: http://www.skwigly.co.uk/acting-for-animation-character-performance/
More good news this time for current 3rd year student Katie Lenton who's excellent 2nd year stop-motion film Our Hamartia is off on a 2 year tour of Europe, the U.S and Asia as part of a new screening programme called STOP and GO: Made From Scratch. Katie's work gets a special feature here: http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/news/2014/january/Global-tour-for-Farnhams-Li...
Excitingly, Lukas Hawes' distinctive and darkly comic graduation film Interval has made it to the final shortlist of 8 for the Animation Award at this years' Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival.
Marcus Armitage continues to gain deserved recognition for his graduate film The Laughing Policeman which has been selected as a finalist for the Student Excellence Award at the British Animation Awards. The BAA awards night is 7th March so pop it in your modern filofax. http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/UCA-Alumnus-Nominated-for-British-Animation-A...
Marcus also features in a nice little article in Cartoon Brew this month: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-brew-pick/the-laughing-policeman-by-marcus-armitage-95264.html
2014 gets off to a blistering start with 3 films included in the London Short Film Festival. Pictured above is Billy Lubach's second year film Shaker which not only features distinctive drawn animation but also a rather fine musical composition by Billy himself - not sure if dancing will be permitted in the aisles but we'll look into it before the show.
We're all very happy to hear that the collaborative graduation film DOTYK (pictured) by international directing team Rebecca Barbuscia, Nicky Valid, Kamil Kopys and Subaru Yamazaki is included in this years London Short Film Festival as is Jonathan Dean's graduation film Wombmates which continues to stay busy on the festival circuit.
Congratulations to graduate John Goodhead who's film Manhood (pictured above) must surely have helped to prize open the door on his new position as Junior Designer at Clay Interactive located in London's fearsomely hip and hairy Hoxton. Get ready to grow that tash John! Also bring pants.
A selection of Farnham films will be screened at The Big Art Show www.thebigartshow.co.uk which is taking place in July 2014 in leafy Shrewsbury, Shropshire - storms permitting.
A doubly large well done to Jonathan Dean (JD to you) who's graduation film Wombmates, about the ups and downs of being a twin, has been nominated for Best Animation at the Royal Television Society 2013 Awards.
His film has also been selected for the London Short Film Festival 2014.
There's more festival fun for graduates Matt Brookes and Chris Macfarlane. Matt's film SPD & Me, fresh from Community Award nomination at Blackrock Animation Festival, will be screened at Bang Short Film Festival in Nottingham.
Chris' maverick film Scatterbrain was screened at Southampton International Film Festival.
Graduate Matt Brookes and Course Leader, Lesley Adams are both featured in an article on the animation course at UCA Farnham in the December issue of Guildford magazine.
Bradford Animation Festival was something of a triumph for Farnham Animation featuring not only the 40 Odd Years of Farnham Retrospective Screening but also a special celebration of the life of course founder Bob Godfrey. Several other screenings featured such alumni as Cyriak Harris, here pictured alongside comedy legend and BUG man Adam Buxton. Cyriak will be bringing his grotesque humour back to Farnham for a lecture visit next year. Oh yes!
This month sees Senior Lecturer Andy Joule's film four and five being screened at Paradise Found Film Festival, UK , and also in the 8th International Streaming Festival for which he was interviewed as 'highlighted artist' - go here to see him talk http://www.streamingfestival.com/archive/2013/interview.php?id=1477&f=Andy&l=Joule&s=visual or of course just accost him in the corridor.
Farnham Animation graduate Tony Farquhar-Smith (formerly known as 'Beardy') was nominated for his short animated piece Stick Up at the Virgin Media Shorts Awards. You can see his film here: http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/3822/stick-out#.UqHdclOSKIA - His previous credits include work on The Corpse Bride or Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Good to hear that Ben Oren who graduated in 2012 has been very busy working as lead compositor on work for CBeebies show 'Melody' and excitingly, is now working on a project for Sylvia Anderson, legendary co-creator of Thunderbirds, Stingray and Space 1999 (yes THAT Sylvia Anderson!).
Student's from all across the course made the trip to the beautiful north to experience the joy of Bradford Animation Festival and were not disappointed. Here they are getting busy and testing their animation knowledge to breaking point alongside staff members who should know better.
Course Leader Lesley Adams is seen here speaking at the Farnham Retrospective screening she curated at the Bradford Animation Festival this month. The screening featured work made by various legendary Farnham Alumni from across it's extraordinary 40 odd year history including Oscar winners, Bafta winners and bona fide legends alongside new talents tipped for the top.
It's the Bradford Animation Festival 2013 this month and we have a fabulous Farnham Retrospective screening celebrating '40 Very Odd Years of Farnham' in memory of Bob Godfrey's contribution to British animation education. The show features work from some of the greatest, most original, well-loved and challenging film-makers who all started their animation education here.
More splendidness for recent graduate Marcus Armitage, who's beautifully drawn graduation film The Laughing Policeman (pictured above) has been shortlisted for Best Student Film at the British Animation Awards in 2014.
Jessica Knights' graduation film from 2012, What Mary Knew clearly demonstrated what she was capable of as a director and animator. As a result, Shooting People recently invited her to pitch for Channel 4's Random Acts series and her successful pitch is now being transformed into an actual film using her fingers, eyes and brain. We'll keep you posted for the air date.
Newcastle based alumni Chloe Rodham continues to produce exciting stop-motion work this time featuring in the BBC Music Video Festival 2013. She directed and animated the song Solitary Thinker by Brighton band Common Tongues. You can see Chloe's excellent work here: http://bbcmusicvideofestival.tumblr.com/post/64389484358/common-tongues-...
Course leader Lesley Adams spoke at the Run Wrake Memorial Screening organized by OneDotZero at the Royal College of Art. Run was one of the country’s leading film makers and his distinctive style of work can be seen in films such as the seminal film ‘Rabbit’ and his work with U2, MTV, NME…..
Run studied at the RCA at the same time as Farnham tutors Lesley Adams, Stuart Hilton and Ron MacRae.
His death is a great loss to his family, many friends and the world of animation.
Farnham graduate Tom Senior is continuing to make a name for himself as an animation director this time on The Guardian's Guantanamo Hunger Strike film currently making waves. The film produced by Sherbet with Jonathan Hodgson at the helm is based on testimonies collated by human rights law firm Reprieve who have visited detainees held without charge or trial at Guantanamo.
You can see the film here http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/11/guantanamo-bay-hunger...
Quentin Darras' film Lightbulb continues to establish itself as a festival fave this time at Fike 2013 International Short Film Festival in Portugal.
Well done to Matt Brookes who has been nominated in the Community Recognition Category of Blackrock Animation festival with his film SPD & Me.
We were recently lucky enough to have Phil Hunt visit us in the big room! Phil is the multi award-winning Creative Director of the vastly successful and influential StudioAKA animation production company in London. He treated the packed auditorium to a wonderfully lucid talk about his career and the ups and downs of working in the animation industry both in commercials and in film. He also gave us some special glimpses of some of their latest work and revealed how the often complex technical process really works.
Nice to see excellent work from last years graduates Liam Harris and Jennifer Haugan being selected for Dublin's Blackrock Animation Festival 2013. Liam's Boxcart and Jennifer's Orpheus the Penguin will play at the festival which runs on 11th/12th October.
Well done to current third year student Jack Payne who has won River Film's Judges Award on their Four4 Short Film Competition with his very short horror film Mr.Cuddles(pictured above).
And congratulations too to another of our current students, Simon Davies who has his 2nd year film Shark. Guy. Shark. included in the new Animated Eden Festival in Cumbria.
Our current students continue to do well with their outstanding 2nd year films as Morgan Twiston-Davies has had his film Mop Loves Bucket selected to play at Klik Animation Festival Amsterdam. It's a quirky little film about cleaning...
Third year student Jazzy Ives gained invaluable work experience recently as she gained a placement with BAFTA winning TV production company Leafstorm on an upcoming programme for BBC1 called "Ronnie's Animal Crackers".
Joseph Caruana's film THE NEW AND THE OTHER is been screened at MAKING TRACKS, in East London. It showcases a programme of short films and animations alongside brand new live scores, performed by film score experts The Cabinet of Living Cinema.
Second year film ‘Cells Happen’ by Shelley Nicholls was selected for the Underwire Festival for her excellent sound design.
Big congratulations go out to graduates Terri Matthews and Liam Harris who have both gained a place on the MA Animation Course at the National Film and TV School.
Graduation Films ‘Love Story’ by James Lee, ‘SPD and Me’ by Matthew Brookes and ‘Boxcart’ by Liam Harris have all been selected for screening at the Purbeck Shorts Competition which takes place on Friday October 18 at The Rex Cinema, Wareham, Dorset.
And we're very pleased to report that a selection of films from Farnham students and Graduates are being shown in support of major releases at Godalming Film Society.
Excellent news for Rebecca Barbuscia, Nicky Valid, Kamil Kopys and Subaru Yamazaki who's film 'DOTYK' has been picked for the Festival de Courts Métrages de la Côte Bleue - in France would you believe...
We're all very excited to hear that Liam Harris has had his 2013 graduation film 'Boxcar' chosen for the Bradford Animation Festival 2013 official selection. The film will feature in competition in the Short shorts category - not sure if he wears them but congratulations are in order however he decides to dress on the day! Good luck to him too as he battles through the interview stage at the NFTVS.
A big, shiny well done for Matt Brookes who's excellent, personal film 'SPD and Me' will be screened this year at the London International Animation Festival.
More festival success this time for Hezhenyi Cao and her very fine 2nd year film 'War' which has been selected for DepicT! 2013 part of the 19th Encounters Short Film Festival and Animation Festival in Bristol. This is an especially splendid achievement as there was an all time record number of entries this year.
Well done to our very own Andy Joule upon having his film 'four and five' accepted into the 12th Cornwall Film Festival in November. The film which was shot on location in China is in competition for Best Experimental Short and we look forward to helping Jouly share the spoils of his toils. Have a gander here: https://vimeo.com/67213124
Sometimes we just can't anticipate where Farnham alumni will end up and Will Oyowe is a great example. Here he is (pictured left and dressed right) with his fellow Belgian 4x400m relay teammates at the 2013 World Athletics Championship in Moscow. Will done!
First, the legendary Brian Blessed and now bona-fide national treasure, Alison Steadman(blonde lady) pops in to record her voice-over for The Fearsome Beastie, the CG short film based on a children's book by Giles Paley-Phillips and currently being directed by our very own sessional tutor Katie Steed(stripes) and all-terrain tutor-technician Jon Hunt(very tall man, right). The film is a collaboration between Slurpy Studios(run by Katie) and UCA Farnham(not entirely run by John). The sessions are expertly recorded by our very own Joe Sudlow(another very tall man, left).
So it's tidy up time after another busy and productive year but what's this? A positive plethora of pegbar punchhole paper-wastage found by our stop-motion guru Will Bishop-Stephens behind the big animation cabinet where he lives.
'The Crimson Wave', the 2009 Graduate film by Terri Matthews, won an Audience Choice award at Sydney Underground Film Festival in 2010, was screened on Television Sydney in 2011 and features in a PhD dissertation documentary directed by Isadora Leidenfrost completed in 2012. Yet more about the film lives here:
'178.98’ which was shortlisted in the Main Competition at the Open Cinema Short and Animation Film Festival in St.Petersburg. It has also been selected for screening at the Naoussa International Film Festival.
A big soppy well done to all our graduates this year. Everyone looked fabulous, glamorous, smart and possibly quite warm down by the river at the Royal Festival Hall. Sometimes you just want those ceremonies to go on forever....
Very exciting developments as the extraordinary Brian Blessed(bearded, centre) pops in to our sound studios to record voice-overs for The Fearsome Beastie, a CG short film currently being produced at Slurpy Studios. Slurpy is run by key sessional tutor and Farnham alumni, Katie Steed(no beard, left). Tutor technician and all round CG guru Jon Hunt(tall man, right) is co-directing the film with Katie and will be bringing plenty of his CG knowhow to the production if he can stay off his all-terrain Penny-Farthing for a minute.
Well done to two of this years graduates who are already starting to get their films seen out there in the wonderful world of animation! Both ‘Wombmates’ by Jonathan Dean and ‘Orpheus’(pictured above) by Jennifer Haugan were screened at the Nahemi Eat Our Shorts Student Film Festival 2013 at the NFT in London.
Pictured above is a still from ‘Wombmates’ by Jonathan Dean who's film was shown alongside Jenifer Haugan's 'Orpheus' at the NFT, London.
'Full English' the second year film by 2013 graduate Ben Oren will be screened at Festival Miden in Athens and was also selected for
a ‘Loop’ competition in Melbourne, Australia.
A few snaps from our much anticipated and copied awards night - the USCAs(sic). Well done to all the award winners on the night, a night where the heady fizz of a bottle of bubbly is perfectly complemented by the unmistakable smell of gold and powerful adhesives.
We have now made available several excellent and illuminating interviews with some of our alumni. Bafta winner Grant Orchard and fellow Studio AKA director Kristian Andrews along with recent graduate Markus Armitage share their memories of Farnham and talk about their careers since they graduated.
Follow the links below to see the interviews.
Grant Orchard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWew6lVkFVU&feature=plcp
Kristian Andrews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGNTbIKQkMs&feature=plcp
Marcus Armitage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygN8G3hcBrQ&feature=plcp
Perhaps no-one is more surprised and pleased than David Woof that his film Woof Woof has been selected to be screened by none other than the Cinema Subcommittee of the European Commission. David's film deals head on with some of the issues encountered when you live in a world made entirely of spheres, cubes and non-tetrahedral pyramids.
The 27th Film and Science Festival A NOUS DE VOIR has requested "Eep et Uff" to be screened at their festival in November and the International Festival of Photography in Arles are interested in screening Quentin Darras’ short and sweet film Light Bulb.
The degree show is going up fast and our students are getting their clothes, fingers and feet dirty for the good of the viewing public. Excellent industry abounds! Don't touch the walls though...
Nearly time to get the big vacuum cleaner out. Oh, and maybe the paint remover...
Lecturer Veselina Dashinova took part in the Dresden Animation Exchange Forum. In collaboration with Uri Alonim and Anita Muller she projected her animation onto the facade of Thalia Theater, as filmmakers walked out of the award ceremony... accompanied by live music.
The very popular ‘Cake’ by Quentin Darrass was screened at the 23rd filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the festival of film and art, held in Schwerin, Northern Germany. ‘What Mary Knew’ by Jessica Knights has been invited to Womanimation! 2013 celebration of international women’s animated short film stories in Providence, RI.
'Message to Man' which takes place in St.Petersburg, Russia has requested ‘Good Evening, Mr Smith’ (pictured above) by Quentin Darras and ‘Off the Grid’ by Victoria Smith for their festival selection.
‘Eep & Uff’ by Joanna Brooks was screened at Cinema Planeta Film Festival in Mexico in April and Screentest in London in March and will be shown Cinéfeuille Film Festival in Gaillac in France in May
Yey! Joanna Quinn finally made it after the snow cleared - around Farnham anyway. Amazing and insightful lecture and workshop! All our students that were lucky enough to experience Joanna's workshop made amazing progress with their animation skills in just a few hours. Brilliant!
Farnham alumni Chloe Rodham continues to make a name for herself as a director and animator winning $5000 from Genero.tv for her video 'My December', a song by Scala and Kolacny Brothers. Chloe has not decided how to spend the money yet but we continue to send her suggestions just to get her started - mostly egg based ideas so far but this is likely to change as we push on through the Easter period. Her beautiful and atmospheric film can be viewed here: http://genero.tv/blog/2013/scala-my-december-music-video/
Big congratulations to current MA student Marina Koleva who is the European winner of the BBC What If? competition. Aardman's Steven Harding-Hill in judging the competition spoke very highly of her piece, a dark and scary vision of the future. Says Steven 'I felt compassion for this character and I found that it contains real human emotion'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21887443
Quentin Darras' graduation film Cake has been invited to screen at the 23rd filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the festival of film and art, held in Schwerin, Northern Germany where the focus this year is on British film. Hamburg International Short Film Festival (4 – 10 June). Quentin is both talented and French.
Well done also to undergraduate Lawrence Vincent (from St.Annes!!!) who has had his 2nd year film 'Koala' shortlisted for the Freshly Squeezed Film Festival.
Congratulations are also in order for Jamie Kendal who graduated in 2012 and has just been accepted onto the RCA animation MA in the UK's famous London town.
Happy to report also that graduate Sally Ann Hickman has been accepted onto the MA in Illustration at Camberwell.
Excitingly, our French correspondent reports that Joanna Brooks, a 2012 graduate who's film 'Eep and Uff' was made specifically for younger audiences, is about to start talks with KMBO in France who are very interested in distributing her film for theatrical release. Stand by for merchandising......
Course leader, Lesley Adams was interviewed for the Animation Career Review recently and you can read her illuminating views and unique insights on animation and education here: http://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/university-creative-arts-f...
Congratulations to Farnham Alumni Tony Donoghue who has won the prestigious Best Animation Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. Irish Folk Furniture is a magical and often funny stop-motion animation documentary about antique furniture in and around his home in Eire.
A Liar's Autobiography, the animated film about the life and times of Monty Python star Graham Chapman, has come to the end of it's cinema run and so it can now be revealed that Farnham Alumni, Daniel Chester was one of the contributors. He now directs animation through Beakus and is part of Moth Collective. You can view his excellent work here:http://beakus.com/blog/a-liars-autobiography/
Good luck to graduate Jamie Kendal and current 3rd year Lukas Hawes - both have made it to the interview stage at the Royal College of Art.
Chris Butler, who graduated from UCA Farnham's BA (Hons) Animation degree in 1995, has been shortlisted for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards for his film ParaNorman which he wrote and directed.
‘Cake’ the Graduation short by Quentin Darass has been invited to be screened at Filmfestival Emden – Norderney in Germany.
‘Foxtrot’ the second year film by Jennifer Haugan has been selected for the Madeira Film Festival, and the Regensburg Short Film Week.
‘The Laughing Policeman’ the Graduation Film by Marcus Armitage has been shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Student Award.
‘Woof Woof’ the second year film by David Woof has been selected for the Super-Short Competition at MONSTRA Film Festival in Portugal.
An exciting and successful start to the year for our recent graduates and current students as several films are included in the 10th London Short Film Festival which runs from January 4th - 13th at various venues across London. Above is ‘Eureka!’ by current year 3 student Piers Mearns which features in the ‘Comedy’ programme on the 4th.
Another current student, Lukas Hawes, has his short film ‘TION’ included in the ‘Lo-budget’ screening along with Quentin Darras' graduation film, 'Cake'. ‘What Mary Knew’ by Jessica Knights will be screened as part of the ‘Femmes Fantastique’ programme. They will all be shown at the ICA on January 5th.
Graduation films ‘The New and the Other’ by Joseph Carauna and ‘Keep walking’ by Dan Ruiz feature in the ‘Landscapes and Light’ and the 'Music Video' programmes respectively.
The Farnham Animation course ended another successful year with Graduate Marcus Armitage winning the Best Animation Prize at the THIS IS ENGLAND festival In Rouen for his second year film ‘Circle Line’.
Several of our students and Graduates made the trip across the channel to take part in Festival Q&A’s and see their work screened at the Festival including Jennifer Haugan ‘Foxtrot’, Quentin Darras ‘Obsolete 2.0’, Joanna Brooks ‘Puzzle the Cat’ and Connor Attoe ‘Partners in Mime’.
Six films from Farnham have been selected for the 10th London Short Film Festival 2013.
They include 3 second year films ‘Eureka!’ by Piers Mearns , ‘TION’ by Lukas Hawes and ‘Keep walking’ by Dan Ruiz. Stand by for more updates on which programmes the 6 films will feature in.
Graduation films ‘The New and the Other’ by Joseph Carauna, ‘What Mary Knew’ by Jessica Knights and ‘Cake’ by Quentin Darras will also be screened at the 10th London Short Film Festival 2013.
‘Daddy's Little Bit of Dresden China’, the BAFTA winning, Graduation film by Karen Watson, has won ‘Best British Film’ in the Human Rights section at the BANG Nottingham Film Festival 2012. This seminal film was made at Farnham in 1988.
Senior Lecturer, Sue Loughlin was on the voting panel for ChildLine's 'Create and Make' competition held in association with BAFTA. Other panel members included Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwoleree and comedy script writer Elly Brewer.
'Stanley’, the 1999 Graduation film by Oscar winning, Suzie Templeton is being screened at the ‘Sexuality at Home’ conference in London. The conference has been organised by Ellie Land and Alys Scott Hawkins. Fellow Farnham alumni, Tim Webb's film '15th February' is also been screened at the conference.
'Full English' the second year film by Ben Oren has been shortlisted for Cinemagic Young Filmmaker 2012 competition.
Second year, Jasmine Ive reached the final ten of the Rank Gongman 2012 competition.
‘Eep & Uff’ the Graduation film by Joanna Brooks has been selected for the Non Competitive Short Film Section “Eco Kids” of the 30th Environmental International Film Festival 2013, which will take place in February at the Cinéma des Cinéastes in Paris.
‘Obsolete 2.0’ the second year film by Graduate Quentin Darras has been selected for the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.
And a Happy Christmas unto thee!
BBC 2’s ‘Seeking Refuge’ series of five short films has won a BAFTA and two of those five films were animated by recent Farnham Graduates, Tom Senior and Jon Topf. Jon also recently returned to Farnham to teach a series of specialist CG classes with the current third years. You can see the films here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00vdxny
‘What Mary Knew’ by Graduate Jessica Knight is in competition at the ETIUDA & ANIMA 2012, International Film Festival in Krakow, Poland. Good stuff.
Farnham Graduate Vida Vega’s ad ‘Bike’Tempo is in competition at Klik Amsterdam film Festival. The ad was produced by Farnham Lecturer and Executive Producer at the Film Club, Sue Loughlin. The ad has already won a Silver Shark in the Best Animated TV category at the Kinsale Shark Awards and Best 2D animated commercial at the British Animation Awards earlier this year.
Vida came back to Farnham on the 2nd November to share her experiences of the industry with the current students.
‘Save me’ the seminal film by Farnham Lecturer Stuart Hilton was screened at the Flip Animation Festival in Wolverhampton, alongside recent visiting lecturers Robert Morgan's ‘Bobby yeah’ and Grant Orchard's BAFTA winning, Oscar nominated ‘A Morning Stroll’.
The key speaker at the festival was Farnham alumni Cyriak Harris.
Graduation films ‘‘Off-Grid’ by Victoria Smith, ‘Eep and Uff’ by Joanna Brooks, and second year films ‘Woof Woof’ by David Woof (pictured above) and ‘Puzzle the cat by Joanna Brooks have been invited to be screened at FIFE – Environmental International Film Festival in Paris.
Graduation films ‘Lightbulb’, ‘Cake’ and ‘Good Evening Mr.Smith’ by Quentin Darras have been invited to be screened at the Cristal Festival in France.
"When I Was Young" the Graduation Film by Kaori Onishi has been invited to be screened at
the New York International Children's Film Festival.
PauseFest Digital festival in Melbourne Australia, is taking place at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The screenings have been curated by Farnham Graduate Andrew Hibberd.
No fewer than 16 of our students' film have been chosen to be screened at THIS IS ENGLAND in Rouen, France between November 27 and December 8, 2012.
The judging panel were so impressed by the quality of the films received that they decided to raise the number of films in competition for the best film prize of 1000 € and have an additional screening ‘off competition’ screening with a prize of €500 for that winner.
The competing students have also been invited to attend the Festival by the Director to meet the audience, fellow cinema students and the Press.
The films selected for competition are, ‘Woof, Woof’ by David Woof, ‘Foxtrot’ by Jennifer Haugan, ‘TION’ by Lukas Hawes (pictured top), ‘The Fourth Assessment’ by Liam Harris (pictured above), ‘The New and the Other’ by Joseph Carauna, ‘What Mary knew’ by Jessica Knights, ‘Circle Line’ and ‘The Laughing Policeman’ both by Marcus Armitage.
The films selected ‘off competition’ are ‘Lucky Strike’ by Ben Greenwood (pictured above), ‘Scatterbrain’ by Chris MacFarlane, ‘Puzzle the Cat’ by Joanna Brookes, ‘Partners in Mime’ by Connor Attoe, ‘Reginald Hobblegobble….’ by Scott Willetts and ‘Obselete 0.2’, ‘Lightbulb’ and ‘Good Evening Mr.Smith’ three shorts by Quentin Darras,
"When I Was young” by Kaori Onishi has been selected for competition at the London International Animation Festival and the 31th edition of Ciné-Jeune Film Festival in Saint-Quentin.
Oscar winning Film maker and Farnham Alumni, Michael Dudok de Wit gave a genuinely inspiring talk to a packed lecture theatre of BA and MA animation students during induction week. Afterwards he thanked the course for providing him with such “a big and nice audience!” The course team were also able to reunite him with his 16mm prints of his student films – including a film he has not seen since 1977!!!
Third year Ben Oren has had some of his work selected to be screened on the world-famous billboard at Piccadilly Circus in London.
His animation will be shown as part of a special film montage to celebrate National Poetry Day on 4th October. All of the work selected to be screened was created in response to the Charles Causley poem "I Am the Song". http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/19424ae7-794a-417e-b223-a084...
"The New and the Other" by Graduate Joseph Carauna (pictured below) has been selected for the competition of the 22th "Les Nuits Magiques" International Animated Film Festival. http://www.lesnuitsmagiques.fr/
Graduates Jessica Knights and Joseph Carauna have both been picked out as ‘names to watch’ by Encounters Artistic Director, Mark Cosgrove.
They have been invited to take part in Future Encounters showcase of 10 international film-makers, directors, writers, animators, artists whose work demonstrates distinctive vision and flare. They will be profiled online in the run up to the Encounters and during the festival itself. http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/jessica-knights.html
'The New and the Other' the 2011 Graduation film by Joseph Carauna is being screened before the main feature on Saturday 15th September at the open air ‘West'ival’ festival in Amsterdam.
‘Keep Walking’ the second year film by 2012 Graduate Dan Ruiz has been shortlisted for DepicT! 2012 part of 18th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.
Dan’s film is one of 15 selected from over 600 entries from 30 different countries you can view it now at here http://www.depict.org/2012/keep-walking/?category_request=2012
Since Graduating from Farnham in July, Dan has been working with the Just So studio for several major clients including DHL, Nike, Nokia and The Darkness
Eight second and third year films from Farnham have been selected to screen in competition at Brief Encounters as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2012. The films selected are from this year’s Graduates ‘Good Evening Mr Smith’ by Quentin Darras(see pic above), ‘What Mary Knew‘ by Jessica Knights and ‘The Laughing Policeman’ by Marcus Armitage.
As well as the honour of been selected they are also eligible for the Animated Encounters Grand Prix Award with a prize of £2,000. Good Luck to all!!! We could do with a pint!
The second year films selected are ‘Foxtrot‘by Jennifer Haugan and ‘Fourth Assessment Report’ by Liam Harris (pictured above).
Further films selected from our 2011 Graduates are ‘Ever Hear a Postman Whistle?’ by Becky Bush and ‘The New and the Other’ by Joseph Carauna.
2012 Graduate Quentin Darras’s very short, short ‘Cake’ has been invited to the Young Directors Forum, a short-film competition which will take place in Crans-Montana (Switzerland) from the 12th to the 16th of December 2012.
After its screening at Annecy, ‘When I was young’ by 2011 Graduate Kaori Onishi has been invited to be screened at the International Children and Teenagers Ciné Junior Film Festival near Paris.
Our very own Senior Lecturer Andy Joule got Special Jury Mention at the Open Cinema Short & Animated Film Festival in St Petersburg for his short film 'ellipsis'. It’s Russia’s largest art house film festival and he a got a nice certificate and some beers which he maintains he drank in the comfort of his 5 star hotel room. http://opencinemafest.com/festivals/y2012/winners_2012/
2012 Graduate Jessica Knight successfully completed her work experience at Arthur Cox in Bristol. Producer Sarah Cox said she was very "talented and a great help on the job - our best work experience person so far!" Jessica is currently in development on a project for Channel 4.
Eight of our second year students are undertaking work experience over the summer at the National Film & Television School. They are all working on the Graduation films that are currently in production at the NFTS.
'Ever hear a Postman Whistle' the OU/BBC Creative Climate Film by 2011 Graduate Bexie Bush will be screened at Monterey California July 25th 2012
'ellipsis' by Senior Lecturer Andy Joule has been selected to be screened at the Open Cinema Film Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia in 27th July - 3rd August.
The latest showreel from our 2012 Graduates is now available to view in the 'showreels' menu. Or you could just click here:
Tutor technician Jon Hunt has has been named the winner of the Times Higher Education Unsung Hero Twitter competition. He had been nominated for his work on the course – Congratulations Jon!
'When I Was Young' the 2011 Graduation film by Kaori Onishi has been selected for the 'Graduation films in Competition' at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2012. Also selected for competition is 'Within Within' by 2009 Graduate Sharon Liu.
'When I Was Young' by Kaori Onishi also been invited to be screened at the New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) 2013.
Senior Lecturer Stuart Hilton has his seminal 1994 film Save me included in the Move on Up film programme for Art on the Underground’s Canary Wharf Screen which runs from 31 May to 26 August 2012 in London. The screening has been organised by Animate Projects.
"Britain" the 2011 Graduation film by Becky Bush was shortlisted for a the National Undergraduate Award at the Royal Television Society Student Television Awards 2011 at the Barbican in London.
Third year Marcus Armitage has been offered a place on the MA Animation course at the Royal College of Art.
"When I Was Young" the 2011 Graduation film by Kaori Onishi has been included on the British Animation Awards 2012, “Best of B.A.A. Volume 9” DVD available from their website www.britishanimationawards.com.
Senior Lecturer Andy Joule’s short film ‘ellipsis’ was shortlisted for the Royal Academy’s 2012 Summer Show.
Third year Marcus Armitage has had his film proposal ‘Hello, Bonjour’ selected for the Languages through Lenses competition 2012. His pitch was selected from 129 applications from 19 countries. He will now take part in the ‘Languages through Lenses’ Workshop in Amsterdam in April 2012.
Graduate Becky Bush won the Best Film at the National Student Film Festival in London with her film 'Ever Hear A Postman Whistle?' The film was commissioned by the BBC and Open University while Becky was still at University.
Third year student Jessica Knight has animated on a film supported by the Wellcome Trust. The film is a satire on the way government health initiatives, target the entirety of a population (cheap alcohol?) whilst failing to make any significant impact on those who need it. The film features comedy double act Timandra Harkness and Matt Parker.
Jessica has also filmed live debates at the Battle of Ideas and will be filming the Bloomberg award ceremony at the Tate Modern in London.
Lecturer Veselina Dashinova and Graduate Yui Hamagashira have collaborated on a film which is part of major new exhibition Victoria Revealed. The films start the countdown to the re-opening of Kensington Palace on the 26 March 2012.
Animation alumni won five coveted prizes at the British Animation Awards.
2009 Graduate Vida Vega won Best 2D Commercial for her Tempo Bike advertisement. The commercial was produced by tutor Sue Loughlin at the Film Club.
The Public Choice Award was won by 2008 graduate, Francesca Adams for her short film Bertie Crisp.
Grant Orchard took home Best Short Film for A Morning Stroll which has already earned him a BAFTA and Oscar nomination this year.
Chloe Rodham also won a BAA for her sting ‘Skyhounds’.
Peppa Pig creator, Mark Baker who graduated from UCA Farnham in 1982, picked up Best Pre-School Series for Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom: Acorn Day.
Third year Scott Willetts worked on the British Animation Award winning Pilsner advert "The Day Pilsen Struck Gold" by director Chris Randall at Second Home Studios.
BA (Hons) Animation course leader, Lesley Adams, said: “I'm really happy to see recent graduates, like Chloe Rodham, Vida Vega and Francesca Adams, making a name for themselves alongside our more well-known and established industry names.
“WHAT IF?” by third year students Mark Benson and Germaine Colajanni will be screened at the biggest environmental film festival in the world, REEL Earth Film Festival in New Zealand. The film was commissioned by the BBC and Open University as part of the Creative Climate Competition.
The Film is also to be used as an educational tool for promoting animation and environmental issues to children in India for the World Kids International Film Festival 2012.
Senior Lecturer Stuart Hilton was invited to speak at the 'Committed' animation symposium at Leeds Metropolitan University alongside other award winning animation filmmakers such as Merlin Crossingham from Aardman and Sarah Cox from ArthurCox.
Kaori Onishi’s Graduation film has been selected to be screened at the Holland Animation Film Festival 2012.
Graduate Becky Bush won the Best Animation at the Future Film Festival at the BFI in London with her film “Ever Hear A Postman Whistle?” The film was commissioned by the BBC and Open University while Becky was still at University.
In an interview in the New Current, Becky said the best advice she had ever been given was by Course Leader, Lesley Adams -the advice - to show your personality through your film making!
This success completes a remarkable couple of weeks for Becky. As well as winning major prizes at the RTS and Future Film Festival with two different films, she has also just taken up a place at the National Film and Television School to study Animation Direction. Congratulations all around!
‘Britain’ by Becky Bush won the Royal Television Society Best Student Animation Award. The film had earlier made the long list for the BAFTA’s. Here's Course Leader Lesley Adams with a fist full of lovely, shiny awards!
Farnham animation students made up two of the three shortlisted nominees.
Course Leader, Lesley Adams has contributed to an Education Special for the Spring issue of Imagine Animation. The article will look at the growing debate around vocational training vs academic achievement, and where the balance to success should lie.
’Ellipsis’ by Senior Lecturer Andy Joule been selected for the 'Panorama' programme at the 7th Athens Animfest and the Corfu Animation Festival. It will also be shown at the Falmouth Art Gallery in the UK.
'Electreecity' by Sarah Duffield Harding and Sarah Davison will be included in screening of stop-motion work curated by Professor Paul Wells at 11th Anifest in the Czech Republic.
‘Britain’ by Becky Bush and ‘The New and The Other’ by Joseph Carauna have been nominated for the Royal Television Society Best Student Animation Awards.
Grant Orchard, a Farnham Animation Graduate, picked up the Best Short Animation BAFTA for A Morning Stroll which he made in his spare time at Studio AKA.
Grant was up against fellow UCA Farnham graduate, Robert Morgan, who was also nominated for his short animated film Bobby Yeah at the Royal Opera House last night.
Robert came back to Farnham the next day to give a lecture to the current students. So many students turned up to see him they were sitting in the aisles – his films and his talk went down a storm. Thanks Rob and come back soon!
‘When I Was Young’ by Kaori Onishi has been selected for competition in the European student films category of the Holland Animation Film Festival 2012.
The British Animation Awards Public Choice screenings are returning to Farnham this month. The screenings will take place on the 24th & 31st of January and the 7th February. Tickets cost £3 are available from the Animation Department, UCA Farnham 01252 892817.
Two animation graduates from UCA at Farnham will be battling it out for a BAFTA Award next month.
Grant Orchard's film 'A Morning Stroll' is up against Robert Morgan's 'Bobby Yeah' for the Best Short Animation, which will be revealed during the televised ceremony at the Royal Opera House on 12 February 2012.
Robert, who is 37 and grew up in Yateley, Hampshire, said: "Quite simply, UCA let me make the films I wanted to make, and supported me in doing so. That's been the groundwork in everything I've done since."
Grant, who is about to return to UCA as a visiting lecturer, added: "The Animation course at UCA Farnham was a brilliant platform. Narrative, narrative, narrative as we used to get taught, still stays with me today."
Graduate Chloe Rodham won the 'Open/Drawn' category of the Red Bull Canimation contest. Her winning short film Skyhound was featured in a Red Bull takeover of the advertisement break on Channel 4, E4, More 4 and Film 4 on Monday 9 January 2012. Bexie Bush, another Graduate from Farnham, was also one of the Canimation finalists in the Open/Stop-motion category.
Judging for the competition was shared between the public and a panel of esteemed animation experts from The Mill, 12foot6, Aardman, The British Animation Awards and 4Creative, with the winners announced at Empire in London's Leicester Square.
Since leaving UCA, Chloe has made animations for ITV, the Labour Party and a music video for DeVotchKa. "Chosing to studying animation at UCA has been crucial to my career - the portfolio and showreel I developed has been invaluable to me finding work since graduating. As well as teaching vital techniques and providing inspiration and advice, the tutors at UCA helped me gain the confidence to promote my work."
'Britain' the Graduation film by Bexie Bush has progressed through to Round Two* (the Long List) of the Short Animation Award of the BAFTA's. Congratulations and fingers crossed for Bexie!
Senior Lecturer Andy Joule has had his film Ellipsis selected for the 'Panorama' programme at the 7th Athens Animfest, International Festival of Animation, 2012.
Two Farnham Graduates have had their films shortlisted for the Red Bull Canaimation competition. Chloe Rodham has been shortlisted for her film 'Skyhound' (see above) and Bexie Bush with her short 'Canned Laughter'. The winners will be announced at the Red Bull Canimation Awards Ceremony at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square on December 15th.
The British Animation Awards Public Choice screenings are returning to Farnham next year. The screenings will take place on the 24th & 31st of January and the 7th February. Tickets cost £3 are available from the Animation Department, UCA Farnham 01252 892817.
Congratulations to first year animator Jack Payne for having his work selected for Radio 1's Scott Mills show. This is a great start for Jack who has also been invited up to Carlisle for the Premiere of the film next week. There was a quick turn around with the brief with only 3 days to come up with the finished sequence. Well done to everyone else who took part as well.
Many of the Abbayes past residencies have gone on to make multi- award winning films, such as the Oscar and BAFTA nominated 'The Monk and the Fish ' by Farnham alumni Michael Dudok de Wit.
Graduate Giulia Ghiana and 3rd year Marcus Armitage teamed up again to create an ad for Ecovision produced by Space City Productions .The ad was aired on the 28th October and can be found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4FMU4geKbg&feature=player_embedded
Giulia and Marcus first worked together on her film 'It'll be alright' which was Giulia's commission for the Languages through the Lens project.
'Britain' the Graduation film by Becky Bush has won the 'UK Competition' at Glimmer : The 9th Hull International Short Film Festival Festival.
Kaori Onishi's Graduation film 'When I was young' has been selected for the NEU/NOW online Film Festival.
Graduate Chloe Rodham has created a short film, with a voice over by Tony Robinson, for the Back the Apple www.backtheapple.com campaign that is being launched by the Labour Party at their conference in Liverpool.
Joanna Brooks had both of her second year films - 'Puzzle Cat' and 'Armless Love' - accepted into FLIP International Animation Festival, in Wolverhampton. FLIP will alo be screening the Graduation film 'When I was Young' by Kaori Onishi and 'The Brownie Story' by Jane Taylor.
'When I was young" the Graduation film by Kaori Onishi has been shortlisted for the ‘Best British Film’ award and "Best British Up and Coming Animation Talent" at Canterbury Anifest.It has also been selected for the Animated Dreams Animation Film Festival Estonia, in November.
‘The New and the Other’ the Graduation film by Joseph Carauna is one of the 35 art projects from 17 countries selected to feature in the live NEU/NOW LIVE Festival 2011, that will take place in Tallinn, European Capital of Culture 2011, Estonia in November this year. www.neunow.com
Senior lecturer Andy Joule has had his MA Graduation film ‘Ellipsis’ selected for screening at Chronos Film Festival in Albuquerque, USA and the Cornwall Film Festival in the UK.
Also, Graduate Rebecca Archer has gained a place on the Animation Direction course at the National Film and Television School so well done to her!
Senior Lecturer, Stuart Hilton took part in a panel discussion entitled 'Watch Us Move: An Evening with Animate Projects' at the Barbican in London. The screening and discussion were organised as part of the major animation exhibition 'Watch Me Move' which runs until September 11th 2011.
'Smile' by Chloe Rodham was shown at the Barbican in London.
Victoria Smith, who is about to begin the final year of her BA (Hons) Animation degree at UCA Farnham, gained a month’s work experience on Tim Burton’s new animated movie Frankenweenie.
Third year Kaori Onishi attended the Sky Arts Sting Awards at Sky's headquarters in London. Her idea for a sting made the final shorlist.
The Graduation Show for BA (Hons) Animation took place in Farnham. Award winners on the night including Joseph Carauna (Best Film & Student Prize), Fern Bailey (Best Script) and Becky Bush (Best Animation). Becky received her Award from former Farnham student and multi- award winning animation director, Darren Walsh. it was a great night and for those of you who could not make it, showreels are available.
Giulia Ghiani’s film proposal " IT'LL BE ALRIGHT " was selected by an international jury to take part in the ‘Languages through Lenses’ workshop in Amsterdam (16 - 18 May 2011). The finished film will then be screened at the PRIX EUROPA Festival in Berlin (25 - 27 October 2011). Giulia’s proposal was selected from 113 eligible applications from 19 different countries.
Becky Bush (year three) and Mark Benson (year two) have had their film ideas commissioned by the BBC and Open University as part of the Creative Climate Competition. The BBC received 86 entries in total and Becky and Mark were shortlisted to the final 20 with 10 films chosen to be made.
They both had to pitch their film ideas at the BBC Television Centre in front of a high profile and distinguished panel chaired by Lord Puttnam CBE (Oscar winning director of Chariots of Fire). The panel also included Jon Plowman-BBC comedy executive producer, Dr. Joe Smith-Senior lecturer in Environment at the Open University, Olivia Williams-Television and Film actor, Nick Fraser-BBC commissioning editor for documentaries and Roger Harrabin-BBC environment analyst.
This was an incredibly tough pitch and both students individually received praise from the panel for their professionalism, creativity, humour and originality.
The finished films will be screened and promoted by the BBC and both students also receive a cash prize of £500.
Chloe Rodham won Best Animation for her second year film ‘Sprinkles’ at the National Student Film Festival, sponsored by BAFTA in London. Second year Joanna Brooks was also shortlisted for her film ‘Puzzle the Cat’.
In total nine Farnham films were screened at the festival including second year films by Elizabeth Yau, Simon Hurdle, Marie Sato, Lauren Sunderland, Andy Williams and Dan Ruiz.
Kaori Onishi has been shortlisted for the Sky Arts sting competition.
The animation students were treated to three keynote lectures that covered a range of industry professionals. First off was Andy Brunton key animator at Lionhead who talked about Games design. Award winning and controversial film maker Phil Mulloy came in two days later and finally Merlin Crossingham Creative Director at Aardman Animation wrapped up a great week on the course.
Course Leader Lesley Adams and tutor Andy Joule both received Teaching Excellence Awards at the Learning and Teaching conference in London.
Vida Vega was profiled in Digital Arts magazine http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/?newsId=3257372
Matt Cunningham had his short ‘Lisbon Stomp’ selected for the Monstra Animation Festival in Lisbon.
2009 graduate Vida Vega has been nominated in the Student categories and Public Choice British Animation Awards for both her graduation film 'A dog for every balcony' and '/mi'au, myau/'
‘Betty’s’ by Becky Bush has been accepted into ‘Stoke your Fires’ Festival
'The Illusionist’ by Amy Nicholls has been accepted into Stamford Childrens Film Festival.
‘Bingo’ by Luke Carlton got into the Melbourne Film Festival Deepfried Festival.
‘The Illusionist’ by Amy Nicholls has been accepted into the Strawberry Shorts Festival in Cambridge.
Chloe Rodham Graduation film ‘Smile’ was profiled on the Stopframe blog www.stopframeblog.com/
First year student Victoria Smith’s film ‘The Storm Dragon’, inspired by Ray Harryhausen’s skeleton sequence in ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ won the Ray Harryhausen Stop Motion Animation competition.
Congratulations go to Victoria who has spent her summer not only on this, but filming for the BBC at Wimbledon amongst other work experiences!
‘Neonatal’ by 2010 Graduate Sam Lehane has been nominated for the Best of Animation award as part of Exposures 2010.
Fellow Graduates Chloe Rodham with her film ‘Smile’ and Luke Simpson with his film ‘The Grendal Scratchmander’ have also had their work selected for the festival.
Oscar winner and Farnham Graduate, Daniel Greaves came to talk to the animation students about his experience of film making, the industry and running his successful studio Tandem for twenty five years.
2009 graduate Jonathan Topf directed and fellow graduate Vida Vega animated the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2010 title sequence for BBC4
Mercy Ty’s second year film ‘I AM DYSLEXIA’ has been accepted as a finalist in this years ANIMAHENASYON, Philippine Animation Festival.
‘Betty’s’ by Becky Bush was selected for the NAHEMI screening at Exposures in Bristol.
‘Betty’s’ by Becky Bush was awarded second prize at the Twin Rivers Media Festival. It was also screened at the 38th Festival of Nations, Ebensee Austria
'Betty’s’ by Becky Bush was screened at the East End Festival
‘War, Snow and Fire’ the Graduation film by Kostas Skiftas won the Grand Prize and a cheque for £1000 at Canterbury Anifest. It also won the award for Best Creative Sound.'Black Grapes of the Chest' by
Yui Hamagashira will be screened at the 6th London Short Film Festival as part of the Music video screening
'Said the Fly' by Yui Hamagashira will be screened at the 6th London Short Film Festival as part of the LEFTFIELD & LUCIOUS experimental category.
'Umbilical' by Rowan Gray was screened in the Film Schools of the World at l'Alternativa 2009 - 16th Barcelona Independent Film Festival.
'16th Lesson' by Lewis Darby was screened at the Encounters Film festival in Bristol
'The Illusionist' by Amy Nicholls was screened at the "Young London film festival".
'Draw' by Peter Laugessen was screened in Competition at FIKE 2009 - 8th Évora International Short Film Festival.
'Audiolichter' by Vicky Craxton was screened at the Picturedrome in Northampton
Graduate Vida Vega’s film ‘mi’au, my’au’ was screened and came 3rd overall in the Prix Europa Festival in Berlin.
Tutor Lesley Adams organised a screening and panel discussion at the Lightbox in Woking.
Rowan Greys 2008 Graduation film ‘Umbilical’ won Best Animated film at Wimbledon shorts film festival and was nominated for Best Student film at Stoke your Fires festival.
Vida Vega’s script ‘mi’au, my’au’ was selected for the ‘Languages through Lenses’ project and will now be screened in the Prix Europa festival in Berlin. Her script was one of 122 proposals from students studying at art schools in 18 European Union states as well as Norway and Turkey and was selected by an international jury.
Recent Graduates Tom Senior and current third years Yui Hamagashira, Sharon Sum Liu and Peter Laugesen have all been offered places on the prestigious MA course at the Royal College of Art. Congratulations to all!
‘A Presence Everlasting’ by Lewis Darby was screened at Animfest in Greece and his other second year film ‘Weathervane’ was shown at Takes in London.
‘The Moth Collector’ by Chloe Rodham will be screened in the Panorama section of the 4th Athens Animfest ‘09
Sarah Duffield Harding and Sarah Davison’s film ‘Electreecity’ was screened at Cortoons, Italy 25-29 March
Yui Hamagashira’s second year film ‘Said the fly’ has been selected to be screened at ‘Move09’ in Manchester.
Second years Chloe Rodham and Sam Lehane both got their first films ‘The Moth Collector’ and ‘Tongue and Groove’ into the Film Festival at Monstra.
British Shorts Film Festival have selected both of Yui Hamagashira’s second year films ‘Black grapes of the Chest’ and ‘Said the fly’ for their Festival in Berlin.
Sarah Duffield Harding and Sarah Davison’s film ‘Electreecity’ has been accepted into the Tampere international Short Film Festival 2009 in Finland.
‘Electreecity’ is also being screened at the Limelight Film and Arts Awards in London
‘Guts’ by Nagisa Kinoshita was selected for the Student competition at the 15th Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart.
‘Death by Scrabble’ the Graduation film by Katie Steed (2007) was also selected for the student competition at the 15th internationals Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart – Festival of Animated Film, Germany
1999 UCA Graduate, Suzie Templeton, won the Oscar with her film ‘Peter and the Wolf’
‘Overshadowed’ by Craig Wilson has been selected for the ‘Best of the Fest 2007’ DVD by Exposures UK student Film Festival.
‘Black grapes of the chest’ by second year Yui Hamagashira has been selected for the graduation film competition at Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2008
‘Death by Scrabble’ the Graduation film by Katie Steed has also been selected for the graduation film competition at Annecy International Animated Film festival 2008.
The films make up two of only eleven UK entries from a global application of 456 Graduation films.
‘Black grapes of the chest’ by Yui Hamagashira (2008) has also been selected for the graduation film competition at Melbourne International Animation festival June 2008.
‘Environmental’ by Craig Wilson has been accepted into the Anifest Festival, student category 2008 in the Czech Republic.
Final year students, Daniel Chester and Nagisa Kinoshita, have also been offered a place on the prestigious MA in Animation at the Royal College of Art in London.
Tutor Andy Joule wins a ‘Yellow Pencil’ at the prestigious D&AD awards.
The D&AD awards were held at the Royal Festival Hall on May 15th. ‘Meat’ (the trailer for the programme ‘Kill It. Cook It. Eat It.’) produced by Red Bee Media and the agency Fallon. It was shot over three days in West London, using a mixture of stop frame animation and live action. The cast included several dead chickens, a few living ones, a pig, a sheep and a cow!
The director of the film was Daniel Levy, and Andy Joule was both the Animation director and animator.
Tutor Andy Joule once again paired with the directors Karni and Saul to produce four new stings for the Autumn season of ‘Casualty’. The films were shot on set in Bristol with the actors Michael French, Tristan Gemill, Georgia Taylor and Sunetra Sarker. Shot over two days, using a medium format digital still camera, Andy was the animation director and animator, pixillating the actors.
Graduate Francesca Adams and Jack Tilley have been offered a place on the Animation Direction course at the National Film and Television school.
‘Release’ by Kimberley Ng was screened at the Portobello Film festival 2008.
Third year student, Yui Hamagashira has collaborated with a graduate from the DFSA course at the UCA for the Collision Festival 2008 in London.
Yui’s second year film ‘Black grapes of the chest’ has also been screened in competition at;
The London international Animation festival (LIAF) 2008
The Melbourne International Animation festival 2008
Australian International Animation festival 2008
The Portable film festival in Melbourne 2008
Laputa Animation Festival in Japan 2008- Panorama programme
The KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival- Panorama programme
As well as at Annecy International Animation Festival, France.
‘Cheese’ the Graduation film by Adam Bailey (2007) has been selected for competition at FIKE 2008, Evora International Short Film Festival in Portugal.
‘Human Nature’ by Craig Wilson (Graduation film 2008) won the Festival Grand Prize and a cheque for £1000 at Canterbury Anifest.
‘Draw’ by Peter J Laugesen was runner up in the Festival Grand Prize.
‘One Nice Family Photo’ by Tom Senior (Graduation film 2008) won the Technical Achievement Award and the Audience choice award.
Four out of the seven finalists for the Festival Grand prize of £1000 at Canterbury Anifest 2008 came from the Animation course at Farnham and also included recent Graduates Aaron Wood and Katie Steed with their film ‘Best day we ever had’.
Well done to all!
‘Love in Black and White’ by Ralitsa Kiskinova was screened internationally at Tricky Women Film Festival, Austria and also at the 5th Annual Female Eye Film Festival, Canada
‘Duff Covonia’s 40 Watt Gluestick’ by Adam Bailey was screened at Red Stick Animation Festival, Louisiana.
‘Overshadowed’ by Craig Wilson was screened internationally at Anifest 2007 in the Czech Republic.
‘Duff Covonia’s 40 Watt Gluestick’ by Adam Bailey was screened internationally at IMAGO Animation festival.
‘Duff Covonia’s 40 Watt Gluestick’ was also screened internationally at the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Korea.
‘Jar’ by Adam Bailey was screened internationally at Kalamazoo Animation Festival and the Australian International Animation Festival
‘Jar’ by Adam Bailey was screened internationally at Melbourne International Animation Festival
‘Death by Scrabble’ the Graduation film by Katie Steed was screened at the Angel Film Festival
‘Death by Scrabble’ was also screened internationally at the IV Cordoba International Animation Festival in Spain
Seong Jun Lee has had an exhibition of his work in the i-gallery in Harrods, London
‘Duff Covonia’s 40 Watt Gluestick’ by Adam Bailey was screened internationally at Kalamazoo Animation Festival International.
‘Cheese’ the Graduation film by Adam Bailey International Animation Film Festival of Potenza- October 2007
‘Guts’ by Nagisa Kinoshita was screened at Aurora 2007 in Norwich.
‘Duff Covonia’s 40 Watt Gluestick’ by Adam Bailey was screened at Aurora 2007 in Norwich.
‘Sunday Morning’ by Tom Senior was screened in competition at Canterbury Anifest 2007 . It was also screened at the Animation Block Party Summerfest in Brooklyn, New York 2007 and Anchorage Film Festival, 2007.
‘Between Love and Death’ the Graduation film by Ralitsa Kiskinova was screened in competition at Canterbury Anifest 2007.
‘Love in Black and White’ by Ralitsa Kiskinova was screened internationally at Tehran Short Film festival.
‘Death by Scrabble’ the Graduation film by Katie Steed was screened at Bradford Animation festival.
‘Overshadowed’ by Craig Wilson was screened at Exposures UK student Film Festival 2007, Manchester UK
‘Love in Black and White’ by Ralitsa Kiskinova was screened at Exposures UK student Film Festival 2007, Manchester.
‘Death by Scrabble’ the Graduation film by Katie Steed was screened at Exposures UK student film festival 2007, Manchester.
‘The Practice’ by Dilara Arin was screened internationally at Granada Young Film Makers Festival, Spain.
‘Love in Black and White’ by Ralitsa Kiskinova was screened internationally at Granada Young Film Makers Festival, Spain. It was also screened internationally at Anifest International Film Festival, Czech Republic,Screentest, UK, Tricky Women Film Festival, Austria, Animanivel Film Festival, France, The Female Eye Festival, Canada, Exposures UK Student Film Festival 2007, Manchester UK and broadcast on Propeller TV in the UK
'One man's Rubbish' by Rowan Grey was screened at the Granada International Animation Festival, Spain.
‘Love in Black and White’ by Ralitsa Kiskinova was screened internationally at Anifest International Film Festival, Czech Republic
‘Pancake Day’ a second year film by Ralitsa Kiskinova has been screened internationally at Balchik International Film Festival, Bulgaria
‘Quercus Alba L.’ by Kathryn Timmons was screened as part of the ‘The Masters of Sand’ exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
‘Quercus Alba L.’ by Kathryn Timmons was also screened at the Norwich International Animation Festival.
‘Jar’ by Adam Bailey was screened at the Norwich International Animation Festival.
'A Rainy Day' by Satomi Yamaguchi was screened at the Norwich International Animation Festival.
‘Duff Covonia's 40 Watt Gluestick’ by Adam Bailey was screened at Red Stick Animation Festival, Louisiana, Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Korea, IMAGO Animation Festival and Kalamazoo Animation Festival International
‘Jar’ by Adam Bailey was screened at Bradford Animation Festival, Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, Australian International Animation Festival and Melbourne International Animation Festival
Walkies’ by Ed Barrett was selected for the Graduation Film Competition at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Anifest 2005 Czech Republic, Animex, Bradford Film Festival and the NAHEMI and Skillset 'Eat My Shorts' screening at the NFT in London.
‘Walkies’ was also shortlisted for Best Student film at the British Animation Awards and Royal Television Society Awards
'Phat Ride' by Kristian Andrews was screened at Animex.
Students also created the title sequence and animated inserts for the BBC4 programme ‘H.G. Well’s and me’