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  • Public Vote open for BBC TV Licensing Animation Competition

    Public Vote open for BBC TV Licensing Animation Competition

    TV Licensing and the BBC recently teamed up to launch a creative competition for animation students in the UK to visualise a number of less-than-plausible real-life excuses the public have given for not having a TV Licence.

    All areas of …

  • CBBC and BBC Worldwide announce ANIM8 shortlist

    CBBC and BBC Worldwide announce ANIM8 shortlist

    CBBC and BBC Worldwide today announce the shortlist of entries being taken through to the second stage of the channel’s animation pilot scheme, ANIM8, which hopes to find the next big thing in UK animation.
    The nationwide search, the first…

  • Interview with ‘Supervenus’ director Frédéric Doazan

    Interview with ‘Supervenus’ director Frédéric Doazan

    Supervenus is a gripping, brilliantly satirical, slightly twisted film about a plastic surgery nightmare that has finally been released online this week after a hugely successful festival run. A cut-out girl is manipulated by god-like hands and subjected to all …

  • Lost “Dad’s Army” episode emerges from the trenches – in animated form!

    Lost “Dad’s Army” episode emerges from the trenches – in animated form!

    Dad’s Army, one of the UK’s true comedy institutions that originally ran from 1968 to 1977, has recently been the focus of some celebration, with the BBC holiday special We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story in anticipation of Oliver Parker’s …

  • Review – Animated Performance (Second Edition) by Nancy Beiman

    Review – Animated Performance (Second Edition) by Nancy Beiman

    The key to this book is a line that appears well over halfway through – “There is no one way to animate anything. Experimentation is the soul of animation.”

    Rather than going into great detail about how to animate various …

  • Lightbox: Mackinnon and Saunders

    Lightbox: Mackinnon and Saunders

    In the latest episode of our animated mini-documentary series Lightbox we meet Mackinnon and Saunders founders Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders.
    As one of the world’s leading puppet-making companies, Mackinnon and Saunders specialise in designing and constructing characters for short …

  • Director Chris Renaud on ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

    Director Chris Renaud on ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

    Following the release of new trailer footage and images from Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming feature The Secret Life of Pets, director Chris Renaud (whose industry credentials include co-directing the first two installments of the Despicable Me franchise and co-creating the indefatigable …

  • Review – Sketching for Animation by Peter Parr

    Review – Sketching for Animation by Peter Parr

    A vital lesson to all students of animation is that the vital, and sometimes overlooked skill of sketching is one that divides the good animators and the poor ones. Sketching for animation isn’t simply sketching, it is doing so with …

  • ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – New Trailer & Images Released

    ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – New Trailer & Images Released

    Following a recent unveiling of a new one-sheet poster earlier this week, Illumination Entertainment have released the latest trailer for their upcoming feature film The Secret Life of Pets:

    Illumination have also released a series of new images from the …

  • Trolls – Teaser Trailer Released

    Trolls – Teaser Trailer Released

    Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have released the teaser trailer for Trolls. 

    To anyone born since 1995, Trolls or Troll Dolls were a toy fad from the olden days (1990 onwards) which saw people obsessed over ugly lumps of …

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