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  • Rowland B. Wilson’s ‘Trade Secrets’ – Book Review

    Rowland B. Wilson’s ‘Trade Secrets’ – Book Review

    Trade Secrets: Notes on Cartooning & Animation
    Author: Rowland B. Wilson, Suzanne Lemieux Wilson (Editor)
    Publisher: Focal Press (Animation Masters Series)

    A major concern that rears its head from time to time with each wave of new animators is a …

  • First Look at Nick Park’s Early Man

    First Look at Nick Park’s Early Man

    The first poster for Nick Park’s next feature film – Early Man, has been released online.

    It would appear that the director isn’t straying too far from his tried and tested one man and his dog formula, or by the …

  • Morph Returns To Children’s TV After 15 Years

    Morph Returns To Children’s TV After 15 Years

    Everyone’s favourite terracotta clay hero, Morph, will return to the small screen on CBBC. The new adventures of Morph will be broadcast on the channel next month.

    Morph is returning home to the BBC after more than 15 years away …

  • Lightbox: Greg McLeod (The Brothers McLeod)

    Lightbox: Greg McLeod (The Brothers McLeod)

    In the latest episode of Lightbox Skwigly talks to Greg of The Brothers McLeod who, along with his writing brother Myles, have been a staple of the UK animation scene for sometime. On top of high profile commissioned work including …

  • Halas and Batchelor – 75 Years Old Today!

    Halas and Batchelor – 75 Years Old Today!

    Halas and Batchelor, the studio behind the UK’s first commercially released feature film Animal Farm, hits its 75 year anniversary today -18th May 2015.

    To celebrate this anniversary of one of UK animation history’s most important studios, a new blog …

  • 100 Greatest Animated Shorts / Sink / Satoshi Tomioka

    100 Greatest Animated Shorts / Sink / Satoshi Tomioka

    Japan / 1999

    Former Tokyo hydrodynamics student Tomioka started producing on his own films while at college, before combining his work for mainstream animation studios (commercials for Honda and Japanese Rail JR amongst others) and his unique home made personal …

  • In Memoriam: David Anderson (1952-2015)

    In Memoriam: David Anderson (1952-2015)

    It is with regret that we’ve learned of the passing of British animator and filmmaker David Anderson.

    Having studied at the Bath Academy of Art, Anderson’s filmmaking career began at the National Film and Television School where he produced Dreamland …

  • ‘Do Not Track: The Spy In My Pocket’ – An Interactive Animated Documentary

    ‘Do Not Track: The Spy In My Pocket’ – An Interactive Animated Documentary

    Following their prior collaboration on the NFB/EyeSteelFilm documentary RiP! A Remix Manifesto, director Brett Gaylor and animator Darren Pasemko have teamed up again for The Spy In My Pocket, the first animated episode of the NFB’s interactive, seven-part documentary web …

  • Pictoplasma 2015: Who – Or What – Is It?

    Pictoplasma 2015: Who – Or What – Is It?

    Pictoplasma Conference 2015 – Form follows empathy

    With over 100 short animations, 18 speakers, 2 exhibitions, hands-on workshops and plenty of partying, the Pictoplasma Conference 2015 was an eye-opening, fun, weird, exhausting and extremely inspiring few days.

    Who – or

  • What Happened to ‘Monkey Dust’?

    What Happened to ‘Monkey Dust’?

    One evening years ago, I was idly flipping through channels when I stumbled across a programme called Monkey Dust on a new channel called BBC Three. Something about the show immediately captured my teenage imagination; I was plunged into a …

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