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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Newport Animator in Residence Scheme 2008

The Scheme
The University of Wales, Newport Animation Department at the Screen Academy, Wales are offering a one month residency to an experienced animator/ director working in any medium (2D/3D Stop motion/3D CG). This will take place in May 2008 (to be negotiated with the successful applicant).

You will be an inspiring creative who can work quickly and economically with students to develop an innovative time-based piece of work on a topic of your choice. You will be someone who can explore and explode the conventions of the medium of animation to produce either a narrative or non-narrative film.

The successful director will work with a small group of students over a month long period to a complete a 30-60 seconds film with sound.

He/She will deliver a 2 day workshop for under/post-graduate students relating to their specialism.

He/She will deliver a public screening of his/her work at the end of the project. This will form part of the degree show activities in June 2008.

Who is eligible?
The scheme will be open to all English speaking European filmmakers, including UK nationals, and we would particularly welcome applications from filmmakers with experience in non-UK animation practice, in keeping with our broad cultural remit.

We have a wide range of equipment at your disposal, and can accommodate work in any medium. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Animation Office.

Submission Guidelines
Applicants must submit a proposal containing the following:
  • a synopsis, treatment and storyboard;
  • a budget and work schedule;
  • a CV/biography/filmography;
  • a DVD or VHS showreel of work.
You will be paid £2000, plus accommodation.

Deadline for submissions:
7th March 2008

About the Newport Animation Department
The South West of Britain is recognised as a hub for national and international animation practice. At the heart of this region – between Cardiff and Bristol – is the prestigious Animation Department at Newport. Our programmes fuel the industry by setting new standards in creativity and innovation, cultivating some of the most significant contemporary practitioners in the UK. In recognition of this, we have recently become one of only 6 other programmes to be endorsed by Skillset, a UK governmental body that aims to encourage liaison between industry and educational establishments. This kitemark means that we can continue to enhance and develop our links with industry bodies both nationally and internationally and we are entering a very exciting phase in our development.

For more information about this scheme, please contact:

Caroline Parsons
+44 (0)1633 432182

Please send your submissions to:

Animator in Residence 2008
C/O Caroline Parsons
Caerleon Campus
PO Box 179
NP18 3YG

Previous AiR work

Flighty (2006)
Leigh Hodgkinson

With an average lifespan of just a few weeks, speed-dating seems the perfect solution for butterflies.

Leigh lives and works in London as ananimator/designer/compositor on various TV/web/film projects. Leigh worked for a year and a half as art director on Tiger Aspect's great first series of Charlie and Lola (26 x 10 minute episodes based on the books by Lauren Child).

Winner 2006 DepicT! Animation Award and 2006 Orange DepicT! Audience Award

Operator (2007)
Matthew Walker

Bored on a rainy Sunday afternoon a man makes a phone call. He is very surprised when He answers, if only he had a decent question to ask Him.

Matthew Walker is a writer, director and animator based in Bristol. In 2005 he graduated from the University of Wales Newport where he made his award winning film Astronauts. He recently completed a short film for Channel 4 called John and Karen before making Operator as part of the Animator in Residence scheme. Matthew now makes up one 6th of Arthur Cox Ltd and is also a director for Aardman.

First Prize in the DepicT! Competition at Encounters Short Film Festival 2007

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