I have just come from the British Animation Awards public choice programme 1 (out of three). A series of British animated films are shown, and the public gets to rate them. The winner wins the award. This is worth seeing, so if you have the chance, do go.
Some of these you can watch online. Here are my favourites from the first programme:
Cat Man Do – By Simon Tofield, this tells a story that all people who are owned by a cat will recognise. People were laughing out loud in the cinema.
The Human Zoetrope – Originally called Round-up after the fairground ride, this is by Mark Simon Hewis. The story is one man’s life from birth to death, and features a range of illustration styles and a certain dry irony. What is especially interesting is the way he made it, though, putting people into one of those spinning fairground rides. Each person has a book with the stills from the animation, and he filmed each frame as the people spun past, flipping the pages of the book. Channel 4 FourDocs has video clip of him talking about making the film.
The rest of the programmes are on next weekend, so I’ll be sure to go.