Friday, March 22, 2013

3 hours, 30 iPads and a 30 pupils from Hull

Something to get you in the weekend mood... completely bonkers and one of the most joyous times I've had in a classroom...ever!! A big thanks to Andrew Richardson for inviting me to Thomas Ferens Academy earlier this week. My good old fashioned animation story improvisation class blasted into the 21st Century.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Musicians of CuxAire

An amazing premiere yesterday at the National Media Museum.
Here's a few stills from the film.

Lord Mayor Dale Smith makes a guest appearance!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Premiere - Sat 9 March, National Media Museum

Sorry for the woeful silence this year... what can I say... it's been busy.... I must try harder. But here's something I'm presently very busy on. Preparing for an amazing premiere of a school project 

It's an international collaboration between Titus Salt School and Amandus-Abendroth-Gymnasium in Germay, and, funded by the British Council as part of a Comenius School partnership. This is the first time animation and film has been used as a devise to bring alive the aims of a school exhange through Comenius and what an amazing idea it is. After visiting Germay in Nomveber with the British students and filmming some of scenes, the German school have now arrived in Bradford to finish the film. 

We film is finished on Thursday in time for a premiere at The Pictuville Cinema at the National Media Museum on Saurday, where it plays as a short to Terry Gilliam's terrific The Imaginariam of Doctor Parnassus to a public audience. Tickets are available at the box office and booking is recommend to avoid disappointment. Don't miss this out! It is the first time a film made by teenagers has been shown to a paying audience beside a feature film and what an opportunity for young filmmakers that is. 

Loosely inspired by The musician’s of Breman by The Brothers Grimm, The Young Musicians of Breman, brings the 200 year old classic up to date through the eyes of young people. Four troubled teenagers, with little musical talent, from Saltaire in England and Cuxhaven, Germany, enter a magical world triggered by images of the German folktale ‘The Musicians of Bremen’. The journey they take, through the vibrant and unusual world of CuxAire, changes them both personally and physically.

This week we have animator and illustrator Andy Skyes and musician Dave Dunn-Birch joining me in workshops. 

For updates through the week, check out the project blog set up and run by the young filmmakers,