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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

1st festival success for 2007 graduates!

Jonay Ortiz de Urbina, in collaboration with composer Sergio López Figueroa, has received the Best Original Music award 2007 at the SCIFE festival in Spain, with his graduation film Homeland (2007).

Congratulations to both! Let's hope this is the one of many accolades our graduate films receive this coming festival year. Watch this space!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Past Graduate Update

Garth, Ginny and Johnny have just completed a 30 and 15 second promo for a new series of the Nickelodeon show 'Zoey 101'.

You can view the promos here, but it might be a bit odd as there is no sound. The promos should start running this weekend.

Monday, October 22, 2007

IV International short film contest on the theme of Intercultural Dialogue

“ANOTHER LOOK” is a short film contest organised by the association Association Artistique Espèce d’Espace in collaboration with Fondazione Mediterraneo and with the support of Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures. The objective of the contest is to favour mutual knowledge and understanding between the peoples of the two rivers of the Mediterranean through a “cinema of proximity” supplied by cinema via Internet.

The subject for the short films and synopsis is intercultural dialogue between the European Union and the countries of the Southern river of the Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

The contest Direction will select 10 short films (which will be awarded 500 Euros) and 3 synopsis (prize 4.000 euros). The authors of the synopsis engage themselves to make the short films. Selected short films will be diffused on the Internet on as from April 2008.

Particular attention will be given to those works that:
  • Underline the importance of dialogue and tolerance in the relations among peoples and cultures;
  • Give a new look, original and innovative about themes such as integration, immigration, menaces of conflict;
  • Enhance the knowledge and understanding of other cultures as a way to fight against prejudices, clichés, stereotypes, sources of conflicts and misunderstandings;
  • Deal about collective imaginaries and mutual representations;
  • Underline the diversity and richness of peoples of both sides of the Mediterranean;
  • Attach importance to the right to difference.

The “Another Look” contest has been divided into two sections: ‘Inspiration’ and ‘Completed Shorts’.

Inspiration: 3 prizes of 4,000 euros will be awarded by an international jury to the best synopsis on the theme of intercultural dialogue. The money will go towards the realisation of a short film based on the selected synopsis. Closing date for the synopsis is 5 November 2007; filmmakers will have until 31 March 2008 to make their short films.

Completed Shorts: 10 prizes of 500 euros will be awarded by an international jury on the theme of intercultural dialogue. Closing date for sending films is 10 December 2007.

For further details visit

Thursday, October 18, 2007

e4 sting in Pictoplasma!

Garth and Ginny's e4 competition sting is being screened as part of pictoplasma's characters in motion festival this year!
If your off to Berlin for the festival give us an email so we can meet up for drinks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Operator in Depict!

A slightly shorter version of this years air scheme film Operator has been shortlisted for the Depict! award at the Encounters Festival in Bristol. Go to the the website where you can view it and rate it if you wish.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

SSAW International Animation Masterclass with Michael Fukushima - 21st Nov

Masterclass Diary

21 November 2007

Michael Fukushima International Animation Masterclass

10.00 - 12.00
The Atrium, University of Glamorgan (Adam Street, Cardiff)


Michael Fukushima has been directing and producing animation films since 1984, when he left the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College. He also taught Classical Animation at Concordia University for several years. On the strength of his first auteur film, Tako, Fukushima was invited to the National Film Board in 1990, where he completed the Hot Docs-winning animated documentary, Minoru: memory of exile. He’s been an NFB producer since 1997.

Fukushima’s credits as an NFB producer reflect the eclecticism and diversity of his own tastes, ranging from abstract animation to kids’ films to documentaries, the Web, mobile phones and more. He is the creator of the Hothouse, a program that is helping usher in a new generation of animation filmmakers to the NFB. He’s particularly fond of abstract and slightly off-centre animation and is part of the movement melding animation with interactive installations, thereby introducing animation into new venues and to new audiences.

His notable recent productions include the Genie Award-winning cNote by Chris Hinton, Lillian Chan’s award-winning Jaime Lo, small and shy, Sainte Barbe -- a poignant puppet-animation film by Swiss filmmakers Cédric Louis and Claude Barras -- and two shorts from the mobile phone anthology Art of Seduction. Fukushima’s current productions include The Down Project (a workshop film with four adults with Down Syndrome), the interactive installation and short film HA’Aki, and Bruce Alcock’s elegiac Vive la rose. He is in development on high-profile co-productions with the UK’s Paul Bush and Oscar®-nominated Koji Yamamura from Japan.

Email to attend

SSAW welcome event 18th Oct

For all current students and staff. RSVP Hannah Raybould before the 15th Oct.


We are looking for animators to work with the Producer/Director of Animated Minds, an award winning series of short animated documentaries exploring various aspects of mental illness and psychological distress. The first series was commissioned by Channel 4 in 2003 and went on to win numerous awards, including best Animation at the BANFF television festival. Now, 8 more films have been commissioned exploring themes including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dementia, Anorexia, Deliberate Self-harm, Asperger's Syndrome and various neurological disorders.

Each film will employ varying animation techniques, and the ability to be creative, flexible and innovative is as important as experience. A sensitivity to the subject matter is essential. We're looking for people who are interesting in experimenting with form, using a variety of different techniques.

All films will go into production in early 2008, and a fixed fee will be offered for what we expect to be 4-6 weeks of full time work.

To apply, we need:

(1) A full, up to date CV
(2) A show reel, either on DVD, VHS or DVCAM

Those selected for interview will be asked to bring a visual treatment of an animated documentary dealing with these issues.
All applications need to be received by 1st November. Any enquiries, in the first instance, should be made to Jenny Saunders at Mosaic Films, or 020 7923 2994

Friday, August 24, 2007

When it's good, it's really good!

Hey peeps,

Everyone familiar with the genius of Pocoyo may have already seen this. But if you haven't check out the teaser for the new series of one of the best kids shows ever.

If I ever get to work on a show half as good as Pocoyo I will be a very happy man. Fingers crossed!

Johnny ^_^

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Winner at Annecy 2 years in a row!

Congratulations to both Tom Brown and Daniel Gray on their continued success with their graduation film t.o.m. (2006). Last month they were awarded a prestigious Annecy Crystal for Best Graduation Film at the Annecy International Animation Festival 2007. That now makes Newport the only UK college to win 2 years in a row (last year Matthew Walker celebrated this success with his graduate film Astronauts). A full list of Annecy Prize Winners 2007.

"Annecy is definitely the 'Cannes' of the animation world..."
Adam Elliot, Director of Oscar winning Harvie Krumpet.

Here is a (very) short clip of the tail end of Tom and Dan's acceptance speech:

Further great news, t.o.m. is one of only five European films shortlisted to compete for the Cartoon d'Or 2007, the annual award that recognises the work of new talents in the European animation industry. This accolade, along with the global festival success of t.o.m., further underlines the international success of our graduate films.

What others have to say:

"There seems to be many films in this year's BIFF line-up featuring odd, troubled children and Snow Ben is a perfect example. Another is the animated boy Tom in 't.o.m.' , who takes us through his most bizarre daily routine from waking in the morning to arriving at school. To say anymore of this three-minute short would be to ruin it. It simply left me feeling uncomfortable for both Tom and myself."
Tania Theriault, ROYAL GAZETTE

"The prize of Best Student Film goes to a film that impresses for it's strong design, eccentric humor and highly accomplished storytelling, t. o. m. by Tom Brown and Daniel Gray"
Jury's comments, Norwich Int'l Animation Festival 06

"...a very short, beautifully drawn animation with a really very haunting story, of quite some psychological depth. It's an unusual, indeed singular piece of work that stays in one's memory. The sensitivity of the art work, the strange, vaguely Asperger's syndrome fastidiousness of the voice-over and the quite startling ending suggest a pair of film makers who really have a lot to say for themselves."
Tim Vaughan, Royal Television Society Awards 2006

"Beautifully drawn, it has a somewhat trippy feel"

"Want to get out of going to school? Simple. Take all your clothes off!...Okay, it's very odd behavior, but Tom is a lovable character regardless of that high pitch voice that grates away at you. You have to give the unusual plot top marks and the animation is seamless with a hand-painted background look adding to the child-like innocence of the film. It's a film you're not quite sure what to make of. But, if nothing else, its worthy of a watch as you could spend hours trying to imitate Tom's funny voice."
Sirkka Huish, BERMUDA SUN

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Further graduation events!

Following on from our Graduation Show earlier this month, we have two additional celebrations of this years' graduate films:

Finest Films Event 2007
The Riverfront, Newport
6.30pm, Friday 22 June

6.30pm - 7.45pm Awards Ceremony
7.45pm - 8.30pm Refreshments
8.30pm onwards MA and 3rd yr screening

All industry professionals welcome!

Skillset Screening Event
David Lean Room, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London
Tuesday 26 June from 4pm – 7pm

By invitation only. For further details contact Claire Doughty (Events & Marketing) 020 7520 5753

Degree show 2007

Animation student Mark Rogers (below) produced a short 3D film entitled ‘Unification’ about a child who arrives in a strange building and hears noises in the night so wanders down the corridors to investigate.

“I’ve always wanted to be a cartoonist and have wanted to make animation films since I was seven - it’s my passion,” said 22-year-old Mark, who comes from Topsham, near Exeter.
“The film took me a year to make and it’s been a great learning experience here at Newport. I did some very valuable work experience including a stint at Nick Parks’ animation film company Aardman Animation where I helped work on the US version of the TV show 'Creature Comforts'."

Kerry Dyer’s animation film ‘Sura’ is about three characters trapped in a room with a strange box.

“My film is three minutes long but took me a year to make,” said 21-year-old Kerry (above) who comes from Bristol. “The thing I’ve enjoyed most about studying animation at Newport has been the work placements. They have been great because our course tutor Caroline Parsons has so many contacts in the animation film industry.”

Sophia Angela Davis found inspiration in the silent films of the 1920s for her short animation movie project ‘Bananigans!’

“It’s a tortoise and hare version of a cops and robbers story,” said 20-year-old Sophie who comes from Bridgend. “I’ve been into drawing all my life and my ambition when I graduate is to work as an animator and illustrator.”

[Extract taken from the University's press release]

Friday, May 25, 2007

Melbourne International Animation Festival 07

Official Selection

Student Program #3

Newport, UK:
The Mystery Of The Pig City
Johnny Luu, Garth Jones, 3'15
Matthew Dabb, 3'30

International Program #3

Dan Gray, Tom Brown, UK, 3'00
One very strange little boy’s explanation
of how and why he arrived at school
without any clothes on.

Congrats to all. For more, click HERE

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Two new films by Matthew Walker

Last week Matthew completed his new short film 'John and Karen' which he made as part of Channel 4's 'Daytime Shorts' scheme. It will be broadcast on Channel 4 in an as-yet-unspecified daytime slot on an as-yet-unspecified date later in the year. More information will follow when it is known.

Matthew is now busy making another new short film as an animator in residence back at the University of Wales Newport. He is spending one month making a short film with help from students. You can read about his experience doing so here

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Royal Television Society Student Awards 2006

t.o.m. won the Best Undergraduate Animation award at this years' RTS Student Awards ceremony at the Barbican Centre, London last week. Although Newport has dominated the regional RTS Student Award for Best Animation for the last 6 years, this is our first National success!

Tom and Dan were there to collect their awards in person. Also from the International Film School Wales nominated for Best Undergrade Factual was Murray Mints & Paw Prints by Iain Paterson & Kurt Williams.

What the judges had to say:

“… a very short, beautifully drawn animation with a really very haunting story, of quite some psychological depth. It’s an unusual, indeed singular piece of work that stays in one’s memory. The sensitivity of the art work, the strange, vaguely Asperger’s syndrome fastidiousness of the voice-over and the quite startling ending suggest a pair of film makers who really have a lot to say for themselves…”
Tim Vaughan

More info here

Since the last post, t.o.m. has also received:

Aspen Shortsfest 2007:
Special Jury Award

Wood Green International Short Film Festival 2007:
Best Animation

On another note, congratulations to Garth and Johnny with Mystery of Pig City making the Official Selection at Anima Mundi 2007.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Hello everybody! Just to let you all know that this blogsite is now the new unofficial home for animation at Newport. Yay! The old site is receiving some technical attention at the moment (hence the old links won't work!) but should be up and running again in the near future. If all goes to plan we should also have a brand, spanking new (and more secure!) forum in place...

Feel free to use the address from now on.

-James M

Friday, May 04, 2007

Free TwoMorrows mags this weekend!

For those that visit this site regularly, here's a heads up that might interest you. TwoMorrows Publishing are giving away free pdf downloads this weekend to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. Their publications tend to be very informative insights into the comic book industry so I recommend that you check it out.

Who says you can’t get something for nothing? On Free Comic Book Day (this Saturday), stop in your local comic book shop and ask for a free copy of Comics 101, our new primer created just for the event. If they don’t have any, then order yours at our webstore by Sunday, and it’ll only cost you enough to cover our printing and postage costs. After Sunday, we’re going to start charging more for it, to help recoup our expenses (but it’ll still be a bargain!).

Also, this weekend only, you can download FREE PDF COMPLETE ISSUES of the following mags, just by logging in and putting them in your shopping cart:

Alter Ego #65
Back Issue #21
Jack Kirby Collector #47
Write Now #14
Draw #12
Rough Stuff #3

Because of contractual obligations, we can only give these away this Saturday and Sunday, and then we’ve got to take them down. So if you’re never sampled all of our mags, here’s your chance to try an ENTIRE ISSUE, absolutely FREE! Go get ‘em, and enjoy!

Thursday, May 03, 2007


What is CAN?
CAN is a unique and pioneering animation scheme developed by Griffilms for S4C. What makes CAN unique is that it gives new and established writers and animators an equal opportunity to present and potentially develop their ideas for a family orientated animation series. The scheme also gives successful participants access to: tailored master classes and mentoring sessions, further training and support in addition to invaluable paid industry experience and the opportunity to be a part of a working production team.

Who’s CAN for?

CAN is for anybody who has a new and imaginative concept for a family orientated animated series. You don’t have to be an experienced writer or animator to submit your idea but you have to be over 18 years of age.

What we’re looking for.
We’re looking for well constructed, strong, creative ideas that have potential to be developed into an entertaining animated series suitable for a family audience. Entrants can submit up to THREE ideas as an individual or as part of a team.

Submission Deadline for idea proposals 14th May, 2007.

In collaboration with Skillset Screen Academy Wales.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Monster 'burp!'

To celebrate a year of Oafyness, lazy oaf are holding 'The Monster Burp exhibition!'. Many fine artists are involved including Jon Bergerman, Ian Stevenson, peskimo and lots more! Ginny and myself were also lucky enough to take part.

So come along and check it out from April 13th until Friday, April 27. The venue is G3 next to the Lazy Oaf store, in Kingly court, Carnaby Street, London.

If you sadly can't pop in then most of the work is up on the lazy Oaf Blog


Saturday, March 31, 2007


Hey Y'all,

Here's a link to my new blog:


I'll be adding more stuff over the next few days as I have a brief lull in my schedule. I've just finished a load of animated nursery rhymes for cbeebies, you can check them out here:

Nursery & Nonsense Rhymes

I've been hard-coring After Effects on other peoples projects pretty much since graduation last year. I hope my new blog will force me to explore my own personal creativity a lot more.

I'm a little out of step so it might be a while before you see anything original or amazing, but keep checking back. I hope to actually keep this thing updated!

Johnny ^_^

Thursday, March 29, 2007

t.o.m. (2006)

Mentioned many times on this blog already, two graduates from last year, Dan Gray and Tom Brown, have been enjoying endless success with their multi award-winning graduate film t.o.m.

Here's a trailer...

Awards - UPDATED!

Norwich International Animation Festival 2006:
Best Student Film

Encounters Int. Short Film Festival 2006:
Cartoon D'or Nomination

Sundance 2007:
Honorable Mention for Short Filmmaking,

Ffresh Moving Image Festival 2007:
Ffresh Animation

Royal Television Society, Wales Centre Student Television Awards 2006: Undergraduate Animation

Animated Exeter 2007:
South West Screen Emerging Talent 2007

Bermuda International Film Festival 2007
Special Jury Mention

Celtic Film Festival 2007:
Best Student Animation


Norwich International Animation Festival 2006
Bradford Animation Festival 2006
Cardiff Film Festival 2006
Encounters Short Film Festival 2006
7 Inch Cinema Tour 2006
Signals Shorts (Colchester) 2007
Sundance Film Festival 2007
FlatPack Film Festival 2007
Ffresh Moving Image Festival 2007
Animated Exeter 2007
Bermuda International Films Festival 2007
HBO Comedy Film Festival 2007
31st Cleveland International Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival 2007

Follow the links below for further info on this film, the film-makers themselves and their ongoing success. Well done!



Friday, March 16, 2007

Annecy 2007 Official Selection

Continuing Newport's international acclaim, the following films have been selected for competition at this years Annecy:

Leigh Hodgkinson for 'Flighty' in Short Films
Matt Walker (plus Matt Dabb) for 'The Wrong Trainers' in TV Specials
Jem Roberts for 'Islwyn Ogwyn' in Panorama
Tom Brown and Dan Gray with 't.o.m.' in Graduate films

For those of you that didn't know, Leigh Hodgkinson was our Animator in Residence last year and, along with a number of eager students, completed 'Flighty' as part of her residency. Matt Dabb graduated last year to secure a position working alongside Matt Walker on one of the episodes for the CBBC Newsround Special 'The Wrong Trainers'. Jem Roberts graduated Newport with his graduation film 'Stuck'.

Well done all those in competition!

Astronauts (2005)

Considering this year's under-graduates are getting ready to journey to the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival, it seemed only proper to celebrate last years' success, Astronauts. Matthew Walker, who graduated from Newport in 2005, championed an international selection to win Best Graduation Film 2006 at last year's event. Well done Matthew!

Matthew's graduation film has enjoyed a worldwide reception and and has been recognised for its excellence!


Winner Best Graduation Film at Annecy Animation Festival 2006
Winner Best Animated Short at Melbourne International Animation Festival 2006
Winner Best Student Film at the British Animation Awards 2006
Winner Best Animation at the Ffresh Student Awards 2006
Winner Best First Film at the Castelli Animati Film Festival 2005
Winner Best Screenplay at the Lineout Can Film Festival 2005
Winner Best Film at the Rough Cut Film Festival 2005
South Wales Regional Winner Best Undergraduate Animation at the Royal Television Awards 2005
Honourable Mention for Animation at the Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival 2006
Winner Best Film and Best Script at the International Film School Wales (IFSW) Finest Films Awards
Short listed for BBC Talent New Animator Award 2005
Runner-up at Rushes Soho Shorts Awards, Animated Shorts Category 2006

"Astronauts (Matthew Walker) has a lovely tactile feel to its CG, like the characters and all their surroundings are made out of foam rubber. Beautifully timed visual and verbal gags, and a neatly understated punchline: it's the sort of comedy short that should get Pixar taking notice."

Rough Cut Film Festival 2005, 11 October, London, UK
Animacor 2005, 25 – 30 October, Cordoba, Spain
Can Film Festival 2005, 28 – 30 October, Leicester, UK
PISAF 2005, 4 – 11 November, Korea
Brief Encounters 2005, 23 – 27 November, Bristol, UK
Anchorage Film Festival 2005
Bang! Short Film Festival 2005
Cardiff Screen Festival 2005
Animated Exeter 2005, 13 – 26 February, Exeter, UK
Con-Can Film Festival (passed for preliminary screening) 2006, 24 February, Japan
Annecy 2006, 5 – 9 June, France
Hiroshima Animation Festival 2006, 23 – 28 August, Japan
DOK Liepzig 2006, Germany
Ottawa 2006, Canada
CICDAF 2006, China
CURTAS Vila do Conde 2006, Portugal
Taiwan International Animation Festival 2006, China
International Film Festival Catalunya 2006, Spain
Showcomotion 2006, UK
Signals International Short Film Festival 2006, UK
Commonwealth Film Festival 2006, UK
Uppsala Kortfilmfestival 2006, Sweden
Norwich International Animation Festival 2006, UK
International Kurz Film Festival 2006, Germany
International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2006, Germany

"…For its understated comedy about human nature – whether it be in the Stone Age or the Space Age: Give him a “push”!"
Castelli Animati Judges response to film, 2005
Matthew Walker is currently working as a Director at ArthurCox in Bristol.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Filling Station (1998)

Travelling back in time is a marvelous thing. Here is a graduate film from almost 10 years ago, The Filling Station by Rosie Pedlow.

In collaboration with fellow graduate Joe King, Rosie co-founded FOLK///projects an arts initiative to promote work that pushes boundaries and crosses disciplines.

Tulips at Dawn ©2002 Rosie Pedlow

Immortal Stories ©2006 Roderick Mills & Rosie Pedlow

Monday, February 26, 2007

A new film by Matthew Walker. Not yet ready.

Matthew Walker is currently mid production on a new 3 minute short film called 'John and Karen' for Channel 4's 'Daytime Shorts' scheme. It is not computer generated but it does have talking animals in it. Screenshots will follow when Matthew has finished something, in the meantime here is a pre-production drawing;

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Ginny's new website

Hi I have just updated my website. I would love to know what you all think. (and point out any type o's)

And well done to Tom and Dan!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Morp! (2006)

Another graduate film enjoying the festival scene is Morp! by Nick Rodgers and Matthew Tempest. Morp! is currently in competition at Animated Exeter along with 3 other graduate films from University of Wales, Newport. All the best with that!

Unfortunately our "tubed" version has sync issues though a better quality version is available for download at Whilst completing this piece, Nick and Matt kept a blog entitled Surreal Friends Blog, an informative insight into the film-making process! Both Nick and Matt are currently employed at Blitz Games.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ffresh 2007

IFSW swept the boards this year at Ffresh winning the Animation, Fiction, Factual, TV and Best of Festival awards.
Animation was won by Tom Brown and Daniel Gray for t.o.m., they also won the Royal Television Society, Welsh Centre Student Television Award 2006 for Animation at the RTS ceremony held at the Festival every year.
(Picture courtesy of Keith Morris/Ffresh)

Monday, February 19, 2007

t.o.m. at Sundance.

t.o.m. by Tom Brown & Daniel Gray, was shortlisted in the Short Film Category of this years Sundance Film Festival 2007 held in Park City, Utah. More information and bad picture HERE.

With help from the British Council and SSAW we were able to fly out there and enjoy the entire festival, with t.o.m. being screened 6 times in various locations (including Robert Redfords Ranch). The film was viewed by over 3000 people and shown before the feature film 'Expired'.

t.o.m. along with 5 other short films received an 'Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking'.

Other successes:

Encounters Short Film Festival 2006, Bristol, November 2006

t.o.m. by Tom Brown & Daniel Gray, was in competition for Best Newcomer at Bristol's Encounters Short Film Festival securing the British 'Cartoon D'or nomination'.

Norwich International Festival 2006, Norwich, October 2006

t.o.m. (Tom Brown and Daniel Gray's Graduation film) won Best Student Film at NIAF 2006.

Judged by Jayne Pilling, Igor Kovalyov, Koji Yamamura, Frank Mouris and Prit Parn.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Satisfactory (2006)

During the second semester of their second year, students get an opportunity to work on a group project. As our current second years are just starting this project, here is an example from last year.

Satisfactory was created by Joe Paine, Jonay Ortiz De Urbina, Felix Massie, and Eurico Da Costa NG. It was made with Flash, After Effects and Photoshop and took about 8 weeks. The soundtrack was made with FruityLoops.

Do you like our header?

Well, do you? Could you see your images fading in and out up there with the rest of them? If so, and you are a current or ex-student, then please send me your images for consideration! The dimensions are 760 by 250 pixels though any larger image will be generously treated to the Ken Burns effect. Please supply appropriate credit information.

Want your work featured?

Are you an ex-animation student of the University of Wales, Newport? Have you enjoyed screening and/or commercial success? Do you want your student or current work featured on this website? If so, then please get in contact!

Our aim is to update this site often with the work from our current students and hopefully a few favourites from the past. Obviously this is an on-going process so please bear with us while we get it all running smoothly. In fact, if you have any news about your achievements and/or the success of your graduate film then please let us know! We try to keep on top of most of it but a little help wouldn't go amiss...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Dick & Dom

Hey peeps,

If anyone was up on Saturday morning at about 10:15 and watching children's tele on BBC2 for some inexplicable reason, you might have caught 'Dick & Dom's Comic Relief Countdown'. I did the titles, the countdown animations and the little straps that appeared throughout the show.

It was at Tandem films and as it was as a last minute rush job with only 4 days of production, and with Garth at Aardman, I had to do the whole lot on me lonesome. It was pretty tough as I was directing, designing, illustrating, compositing and editing. Also, there was no producer to hand, so I was pretty much doing that too, keeping the CBBC guys up to date. I was completely spent by the last day, but it was worth it for the experience.

You can check it out here:


It's nothing special, but it was a proper directing job and it got onto the tele, but most importantly it wasn't a commercial or corporate promo, so I'm dead chuffed.

Until next time, keep it dusty!

The Luu ^_^

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Greetings readers!

Hello and welcome to our new and improved animation newport website entitled animation newport v2.0!

This website is a multi-user, blogging site dedicated to showcasing the student work from the MA and BA(Hons) Animation programmes located within the Newport School of Art, Media & Design at the University of Wales, Newport as part of the International Film School Wales as a leading partner of the Screen Academy Wales.

Conceived, updated and maintained by the staff and ex-students as a way to celebrate all things past, current and post curricula, this site aims to offer the browser an insight into what it is like to be here, in Newport, studying animation.

Feel free to spend some time here, maybe leave a few comments, maybe get inspired. If you like what you see please let us know. We welcome your interest. If you are a prospective student, please be advised that further institutional information (how to apply etc.) can be found on our official website at Newport School of Art, Media & Design.

Hope you enjoy your visit!

Best wishes,

James Manning
Programme Leader – BA(Hons) Animation
University of Wales, Newport