After graduating from university, most students wouldn’t know where to begin in setting up their own company from scratch. Animation specialists Sector5 Studios are the product of four up and coming individuals, who wanted to take their careers into their own hands by doing just that.
“We were talking about it casually during university but we discussed the idea more seriously during our third year. There were originally five of us hence the name ‘Sector5’ [due to commitment issues one member had to leave the team but they remain good friends]. The name however, stuck with us” said Ravi Maheru, 3D Animator for Sector5 Studios. [More]
Blitz Games Studios has opened registration for its Student Open Days in 2012.
Students who want a career in gaming or animation can attend the open days to get a glimpse of the gaming world and ask developers for hints and tips.
Blitz run the open days every year to encourage students to enter the world of games development. The open days will offer an insight into the range of skills and talents involved in creating games. [More]
The British Animation Awards (BAA) is calling forth creative minds to showcase their talent and feature work at the British Film Institute (BFI). An open call out has been made for submissions of short, animating stings for the awards show featuring BAA’s comical sheep.
BAA’s Sheep Sting Competition is a chance for all animators to get their talent noticed, as well as rub shoulders with industry professionals. Applicants’ work will be posted online for public voting, with the final winner decided by a distinguished panel of animation royalty. [More]
Current Animation Forum WM funders, Screen WM has now closed following nine years of support for the screen media industries in the West Midlands, with its responsibilities being passed onto new industry body Creative England.
"The closure of Screen WM follows the coalition government's decision to replace the UK Film Council's support for film-making, which core-funded the regional screen agencies, with funding through the British Film Institute," says Screen WM. "In November 2010 the Minister for the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey [Con], announced that Creative England would be formed to build on the work of the regional screen agencies, becoming operational on 1st October 2011." [More]
A new lobby group has been formed to call for "urgent support of independent animation in the UK."
Animation Alliance UK has today written to Lord Chris Smith, Panel chair of the independent review of Government film policy, to raise concerns about "the lack of public policy, strategy and support for independent animation." [More]
Shorts on Walls is back for another evening of fantastic animated shorts handcrafted in the Midlands on Thursday 13th October 2011, at Light House, Wolverhampton.
Shorts on Walls gives local animators the chance to screen their latest animated efforts to their peers and meet likeminded animators in a relaxed, bar atmosphere.
Animation Forum West Midlands members can get up to 70% off the cost of tickets to two back-to-back conferences for animation academics and professionals alike this September.
Birmingham City University's City North Campus is hosting both Animation Explosion 2011 and Online Mainline 2011 on the 14th and 15th September respectively. [More]
Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning director and animator, Ian Emes will be answering a Q&A at a retrospective of his work on 11th September 2011 at the Electric Cinema, Birmingham, as part of Birmingham's massive annual free arts festival, ArtsFest.
The Birmingham-born animator famed for his influential films for Pink Floyd, won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar in 1984 for his short film, Goodie Two Shoes. [More]