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Our final day at the Bradford Animation Festival started with watching the Official Selection for the Short, Shorts. My favourites from this showing were “Mute”,”Ain’t No Fish”, and “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared II: Time”
After the Short, Shorts, we went to the Double Negative Showtalk – Chris McLaughlin, before going to the Screentalk of Michel Ocelot in Conversation With Paul Wells and then watched his work on the Feature Screening of the Tales of the Night and The Three Inventors.
Not long after the feature screening, we went to the ASIFA 2014 Award and Screening, to which Joanna Quinn was the recipient of the award. We then watched her work, before watching the Awards Ceremony for the fesitival and then headed over to the Midland Hotel for the BAF Closing Night Party.
At the party, Hakan, Bethany, Summer, and I, managed to get in conversation with Colin Graham, the Animation Director for Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch_Dogs, who kindly spoke to use about the industry, how to get into the industry and other interesting things, which was a great way for us to end the night and come to the end of our time at the Bradford Animation Festival.
Day four started off with us going to the Official Selection for Music Videos and Commissioned films. Some were really good and there were some that I had seen before, such as “Kitachi” and “Moving On”. Also included in the selection was the famous 2013 Christmas advert for John Lewis: The Bear and the Hare.
After the event, I went to see the Watch Dogs event, hosted by Colin Graham. who is the Animation Director for Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch_Dogs, and almost straight after that, Andrew and myself went to see the McLaren Tooned showing.
After the event , we waited until the night, whilst some of the other members of our group went to Joanna Quinn’s Life Drawing Class, to go to see the event: City of Film: Voyage Extraordinaire, although some members opted to go for the Skwigly Quiz.
Today consisted of four different events. To start the day, we headed to Pictureville to watch the Official Selection: Professional 3, before going to see the Lifetime Achievement event for Claire Jennings. We also went to the feature screening of Animal Farm, which also included an introduction. To finish off the day, we headed back to Pictureville to watch the event of Lotte Reiniger’s Prince Achmed which had live music playing alongside the film.
Our second day at BAF consisted of the ‘Animation and Public Engagement’ Symposium, to which I went to two papers, and two panels, which were made up of three papers each.
As a group, we went to view the first two papers:
- ‘Developing Good Citizen Animators’. Jackie Malcolm and Sharon Campbell, DJCAD, University of Dundee.
- ‘Animation and Informative Films’. Nicolo Ceccarelli, Alghero School of Architecture, University of Sassari.
After the papers, only Najlaa and myself stayed for the next part, which was the first panel: ‘Animation Therapy; an animated process to enhance social wellbeing”. Chair: Melanie Hani, Healing Education Animation Research Therapy (HEART).
The panel included three papers:
- ‘RuMAD2: A Methodology for Participant Led Visual Storytelling in a Therapeutic Environment’. Elaine Drainville, University of Sunderland.
- ‘Loved and Lost: Animation as expression and agency for a group of adults with learning disability’. Yvonne Eckersley, Glyndwr University.
- ‘Reception Engagement in Animation’. John Tyrrell, Sunderland University.
A bit behind schedule, once we had viewed the papers, we headed towards the National Media Museum to watch The Boxtrolls – Behind the scenes with Mark Shapiro in preparation for the feature screening of The Boxtrolls, before Joe and I heading back to the symposium to view the second panel.
The second panel was: ‘What’s Up Kid? Designing an Animated Tool with Children to measure how they feel.’ Chair: Joan Ashworth, Royal College of Art, and had the following papers:
- ‘Using animation to learn about children’s health and what matters to them’ John Cairns, Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research and Evidence Based Practice.
- ‘Collaborating with children to develop the CHILDSPLA App’. Neus Abrines, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
- ‘Developing character animation for CHILDSPLA’. Matt Abbiss, Royal College of Art.
Finally, after having some food, we went to see the Curse of Were-Rabbit before heading back to the hotel for the night.
After getting to Bradford and settling in to our hotel rooms, we headed towards the screening of Aardman’s Peter Lord, who gave a speech. We then went to a QNA that included: Peter Lord, Ian Mackinnon of Mackinnon & Saunders, and also a fashionably late Mark Shapiro of LAIKA. After this, we finally went to see Aardman’s: The Pirates! before heading back to the hotel for the day.