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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