Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Creative Arts Week

Well the 10th Leeds Young People's Film Festival was awesome. I had an eager and attentive young audience for my Animation Fascination talk at Leeds exquisite Hyde Park Picture House. It was amazing seeing a film print of "The Tigger Movie" again on the big screen and it brought back a lot of memories. It was a pleasure to meet Adam Graham, Production & Programme Manager, and Martin Grund, Development coordinator. They are both a couple of cool cats who live and breath young filmaking and do a huge amount of great work in Leeds. They tell me it is was their successful festival year ever!
After that I got straight on the train for a week delivering an Easter animation workshop in Chipenham for the University of Bath. It was a pleasure for me to be joined by Aardman animator Dan Ramsay on what was his debut workshop. I first met Dan in the Aardman canteen last year, who originally trained as a teacher. He was legendary, as you can see the Aardman style seeping into the lip sync of this news anchor for a very imaginative "Wilshire news". Simply an unforgettable experience for all concerned. As Josh said on the University's blog, its such a shame that it's all over now. I wish it could have been longer, because 1) I would have liked to do everything in the storyboard, and 2) because it was such a great experience.