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’.