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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.