Animation Newport 2011

Its June 23rd 2011 and after a year of hard work the animation students at Newport are hosting an afternoon of screenings and seminars to showcase the films they have created. The afternoon kicked off with a talk from Iain Tweedale, who heads the BBC’s Interactive & Learning team in Cardiff. Next, a panel of recent graduates talked about there experiences in the industry and how the started out after graduating.

Last years Animator in Residence Tony Comley talked about his experiences working in industry. After the seminars and talks, there was a screening of the best films from the year and awards where given out to the films in six categories including, best story, best animation, and best film. Pictured below are all the award winners.

Each of the award winners was presented with a framed piece of artwork created by past graduate Luiz Stockler. Following the screening, there was a chance for the students and guests to have a few drinks and talk about the work on show. It was also an opportunity for guests to go upstairs to view the exhibited work in the animation studios at the brand new city centre campus.

Please take a look at the 2011 showreel on the home page or to request a DVD with the best films from 2011 please email Caroline Parsons, programme leader for BA Animation.

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Opening Night!

Last night (Friday 17th June) was the opening night of the University of Wales, Newport’s Art and Film School degree shows, amongst which was animation. The night was aimed at the family and friends of the students as well as the public. It was a chance for the students to give their friends and families a glimpse at the work that went into their films, and to celebrate their successful completion. Throughout the night there were screenings of all the films, which was also a fantastic opportunity for the students to see their work on the big screen for the first time in front of a fresh audience.

The intermission gave students, parents and friends a chance to mingle and chat about the films shown. It also provided the opportunity for the students to meet the parents of their friends and classmates and chat about the time they have spent away in Newport and how much they have developed as artists and as people. It was also a chance to get some free drinks. After the screening, people moved on to the studios upstairs to see the exhibition space and see all the concept work, production photos, puppets and sets on display.

The evening was a great success, the films were very well received and the exhibition space got a lot of attention. The animation students are now excitedly anticipating June 23rd when they will once again step into the spotlight, but this time the guests won’t be their families and friends. This time the guests will be industry professionals.

The exhibition is also open to the public everyday until July 1st, all are welcome.

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Fundraising Events

On Monday, we held a cake sale at City Campus to raise money for our graduation show. We had lots of amazing cakes, biscuits and other yummy treats, all baked by animators on our course, and we managed to sell them all, raising almost £200 in the process. Huzzah! We are going to be having another cake sale in May, which hopefully will be just as successful.

Another fundraising event we have held was henna tattooing on Caerleon Campus, which raised about £50.

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The animators at Newport will be holding a cake sale tomorrow to raise money for their graduation show.

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