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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.