18/02/2010 - 21/05/2010

This will be the place for articles of interest that may accompany or shadow some of the things uncovered during the progress of this module.

25 February 2010

killer whale

The story of the lady who was killed by a Orka in seaworld is no suprise. the range of a killer whale, their intelligence, their range. it is obscene to keep one in a small container for pilchards.

Faces in Places flikr group

Another group of design / designers having a laugh. the history of face fetish is as old as hot rocks in fire and this group has spotted and photographed happy, benign, grumpy, passive and hidden faces all over the place. They are everywhere!

The Grid System

the Grid system is a great resource with archives tracking back that will enlighten your substructure thoughts about page design, screen design, golden section and picture composition.

24 February 2010

hen and Chicken

REMINDER: The next animated film night is next Tuesday, March 2nd, look forward to seeing you there. The Hen & Chicken have a Pasta deal for attendees- 2 dishes for £11, between 6-9pm.

Date: Tuesday 2nd March 2010
Venue: Upstairs at the Hen and Chicken, 210 North St, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1JF. 0117 9663143
Doors open from 7pm- 10pm (Film screening between 7.30- 8.30pm)
Screening wise we have the pleasure of showing this years' Bristol based Bafta award winning animated short- MOTHER OF MANY- and have director Emma Lazenby come along and introduce the film. Plus the other nominees.

Next 2010 Date for your diaries: Tuesday 27th April 2010

Hosts: Helen Brunsdon & Vicky Brophy

Competition: Sergei Paradjanov at the BFI | APEngine

Competition: Sergei Paradjanov at the BFI | APEngine

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Chinese new year

Norman Tebbit in attack on a Chinese New year celebration in his new town has left me feeling a little bit preplexed. first story in the Daily Mirror, then copied in the telegraph, then he talks about it in his blog - (not funny, embarassing really), and, if you read some of the comments, I sense a blistering racism just under the surface, and a few voices explaining what contemporary urban existence is about. I didn't know that Norman Tebbit had a blog. My favorite comment is that this is a lion, not a dragon - but this is a library picture from getty - so the picture editor of the telegraph is errant, possibly. Print out and colour and add your Tebbit rascal ...

lisbon tram video

ladies and gents of the Lisbon trip found this vid of a tram fan, narrow streets... never been to Lisbon before, but I am looking forward to it.

23 February 2010

Punto y raya festival

Punto y raya festival, or point and line festival, going back a bit to 2007, this film by Piero Glina "Freedom of perception" may contain Nuts and cause a mild apoplectic fit. [good about 3'30" >]Stick with it. see the Punto y Raya manifesto here.

Max Hattler

I would like to draw your attention to Max Hattler. He is an example of an artist who uses animation, audio, and performance throughout his work, and is truly International. He keeps fastidious record of his works whereabouts, and, via the links on his blog, gives you a potential idea of the types of forum available in primary and secondary Cities around the world. He is a great example of a modern operator who does not require a huge studio backing to make work.

22 February 2010

Uwe end device logo

proposal to make end device




Mother of Many by Emma Lazenby is soon to be a Bafta winner or Bafta nominee, both of which are great for a small budget production. funded by SouthWestScreen and C4.
I think though that there is severe erosion of funding for UK animation talent and it is unfair to expect creators such as Emma to work for next to nothing for extended periods on schemes which are fundamentally cost only,with no labour provision. Good luck Emma.

rules for writing

nice article in the Guardian review, Saturday. Many famous writers have listed top ten 'do and don't' rules. one of my favorites is from Helen Simpson, who says the nearest she has to a rule is a post-it note on the wall that says "faire et se taire" by Flaubert, which she translates as "shut up and get on with it."
the same stick across the back is covered by Natalie Goldberg's Writing down the Bones

20 February 2010

London 2012

I am liking this at the moment. the Olympic Park rising from the East London Flats. Athens is still paying for their Olympics. I guess London will pay for years.

Alphabet of fat or chubby animation characters

following a discussion yesterday, we are trying to compile a definitive alphabet of chubby chunks of the animation variety. Has Mary and Max had a Cinema release yet?

R.I.P Lionel Jeffries

Fond memories on hearing of Lionel Jeffries demise. Chitty chitty Bang Bang!

19 February 2010


Joseph Pearce is represented by Annex. Annex looks like a good stable of directors, including this one CLEMENS COGLER
Dom - Take a look

character design from John K

I think that the John K blog is really useful, and if not already, should be a regular port of call for you all. this area of character design has noteworthy examples of how to layout the character developments on a page...

book offer until 28th feb

We would like to remind you that you have until February 28th to give your students 35% off all student titles!

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18 February 2010

Nice job - AK_alias. (reminds me of Hextatic), testing ability to upload video... quite hefty 49mb about 5 mins see also vimeo site http://vimeo.com/2663628



good blog http://automatovpetrov.blogspot.com/2009_01_01_archive.html

17 February 2010

Introduction to philosophy

In the States, a lot of University courses have a visual culture programme that suffixes their courses with '101' - they are modules that students pick up to accumulate credit. they are a variety of subjects and usually very good introductions to a broad range of subject material. it is quite handy to search for '101' to get started in an area of search, book lists, sites of interest are preselected and recommended and it is easy to search these edited highlights...
here is a link to the Internet encyclopedia of philosophy. http://www.iep.utm.edu/