Link of Interest

Small independent animation projects are all very well but sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are some big animation and effect studios in the UK producing world class material. So here are some reminders. Framestore CFC is the biggest effects house in Europe. Based in London they have worked on projects from TV to film. Recent movie work has included the Harry Potter films and the new Thunderbirds. The Mill produced the Oscar winning effects for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. As well as work on TV commercials they have recently been awarded the contract to produce the effects for the new Doctor Who series. Passion Pictures have produced a wealth of interesting and innovative commercials and music videos. Aardman really don’t need any introduction. They are the most famous animation studio in the UK. They do a lot more than just Wallace and Gromit. I think I’m right in saying that Cosgrove Hall are the biggest animation studio in Europe. They have created many of the most loved children’s animated series.

E4 Sting Competition

E4 and Creative Review Magazine are currently running a competition to design and produce stings (the little channel ident sequences shown before programmes) for E4. The winning stings will be shown on E4 as well as featured on the competition web site. The main winner will also receive £15,000 to develop more stings for the channel. Two runners up will each be given £1500 worth of equipment and ten more runners up will get free subscriptions to Creative Review.

They are looking for funny and unusual sequences which must feature the E4 logo. The logo and optional music can be downloaded from the web site. Apart from some imagination you will also need access to Mini DV, BetaSP or Digi Beta equipment as these are the only tape formats that they will accept.

The deadline for submissions is 14 September 2004.

Go and check out the competition web site for all the details and rules as well as examples of last year’s entries.

Links of interest

A couple of web sites that are currently amusing us at work.

First up is Fensler Film. Eric Fensler was asked to provide some short sequences to appear during a film festival. He took the public service announcements from the end of the classic G. I. Joe series and then crafted them into something bizarre, strange and very funny. You’ll either get them or you won’t.

More bizarrer but funny stuff. If you’ve seen the recent Anchor butter commercials on TV and the side of buses then this is where it all started. However, it’s not all egg shaped characters talking about pies. You’ll also find the hypnotic badgers song that has been sweeping the internet.

Links of interest

Rustboy is a short film being created by Brian Taylor singlehandedly bar a musician. He has also built this very professional Flash web site that chronicles the creation of the film. A very talented, and no doubt, busy man.

The Animwatch web site specifically features many talented individuals that are creating their own animated films. Where do these people find the time? The site also features a good selection or resources for people either making their own animated films or just interested in animated films.

StudioAKA are a studio in London that I greatly admire. Although, mostly working in the world of television commercials they have managed to produce some of the most visually interesting animated ads in recent years.