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Posted 31.05.16

Festivals, screenings and videomapping in our Animation Round-Up

By Sarah Packer

© Morgan Rio

It’s been a busy few months for our BA (Hons) Animation students with trips to France, Germany and Budapest, soaking up inspiration at some of the world’s biggest animation and moving image festivals.

Over the Easter weekend, in Lille, North East France, hundreds gathered to immerse themselves in a video mapping performance that saw animated sequences created by students from across Europe projected onto the beautiful, historic facade of the Opera House.

Kicking off the international animation festival ‘Fete de l’Anim’, now in its 12th year, this showcase of animated shorts brought together 39 students from animation schools across Europe and Asia.

Students get a very chilled out talk from the Fete de l'Anim representatives.

Students worked together during an intensive 72-hour workshop to create 2D and 3D animations responding to a theme chosen by the organisers.  

Among these were two students from our BA (Hons) Animation programme, who were paired with Belgian students from Howest University Technical College.

“It was a great opportunity, a steep learning curve and a real insight into what’s going on within the industry.” — Jasmine Hoey

Together they created a stunning visual feast blending their individual styles, learning from each other along the way.

Each of the teams involved in the residency created an animated segment that was then pieced together and projected on to “l’Opera” in the centre of the city.

Student Jasmine Hoey said of the trip, “The experience was fun and interesting. It was great to be able to project an animation onto something other than a screen.

“It was a great opportunity, a steep learning curve and a real insight into what’s going on within the industry.”

As part of the Fete de l’Anim, our animation students were also involved in the 2016 Animation Marathon, which brought together 17 teams of international students, giving them 48 hours to create a 10 second animated clip, in response to an image chosen by the festival organisers.

"Any festival is a great opportunity to find out what is going on in the animation industry and to discover new artists and meet loads of people." — Chloe Cooley

The image was designed by Patar & Aubier, celebrated animation artists who were recently nominated for an Academy Award, for their animated film ‘A Town Called Panic’.

“It was a fantastic experience. Any festival is a great opportunity to find out what is going on in the animation industry and to discover new artists and meet loads of people,” said student Chloe Cooley.

“Euranim in particular focuses on graduate films, which are a diverse range of students’ first big projects. Some are incredibly professional, many are short and witty. It gives you an awful lot of confidence that there is an audience for your work.”

Many other students also took advantage of the opportunity to attend the festival, joining their counterparts to enjoy the diverse programme of screenings, networking events, portfolio critiques, masterclasses, seminars and even ‘grafik battles’ which pitched our young animators against others, in a live drawing battle!

© Morgan Rio

Following on from the excitement of Fete de l’Anim, 3rd year Animation students Krisztian Urr and Dario Cavassa travelled to Budapest to take part in the Euranim project's third residency workshop on video mapping.

They were joined by teams of students from partner institution across Europe, from France, Denmark, Finland and from the host institution MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design).

"It was a really great experience both professionally and personally. I enjoyed every bit of it." — Dario Cavassa

Set over the course of a week, our students were assigned the brief to work in transnational teams to create an animated sequence.

Students drafting a storyboard at the Euranim residency workshop in Budapest.

Students were given the theme of Dadaism to respond to, to tie in with the celebrations of the influential movement's centennial and this gave rise to some fascinating interpretations and artistic outputs from these European animation students.

The sequence was then video mapped on to the facade of TESLA, a cultural centre and club, in the heart of the old town of Budapest, as the culmination of their learning experience.

For the next three years, Euranim will enhance the career prospects and facilitate the mobility and cross-cultural exchange of more than 400 young digital artists and staff working on the project via the organisation of five international cultural events, which will attract more than 45,000 people.

Dario said of his time in Budapest, "It was a really great experience both professionally and personally. I enjoyed every bit of it.

“I now have a better consciousness of the level other students have all around Europe and I have a better understanding of the industry".

Our involvement in the Euranim project means students get the opportunity to attend workshops, festivals and networking events throughout their programme.

As a three-year educational project funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, the project explores a novel, innovative use of 2D and 3D animation, while presenting progressive technical possibilities in the medium: video mapping.

This technique is still emerging and consists of using objects to turn them into an immersive display surface for video projection.

For the next three years, Euranim will enhance the career prospects and facilitate the mobility and cross-cultural exchange of more than 400 young digital artists and staff working on the project via the organisation of five international cultural events, which will attract more than 45,000 people.

The Euranim partnership comprises European universities of Art and Design, from five different countries: Plymouth College of Art (Plymouth, United Kingdom), Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku, Finland), The Animation Workshop (Viborg, Denmark), Howest (Kortrijk, Belgium) and MOME (Budapest, Hungary).

The project is led by the cultural organisation Rencontres Audiovisuelles (Lille, France) and brings together more than 60 partners from the creative industries, across these six countries.


 

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