2002 will take place at the University of Teesside on January
31 and February 1 2002.
Following on from last years hugely successful event which
brought together past-masters such as Ray Harryhausen and
future stars like Michael Dudok De Wit who went on to claim
the Oscar for his short film Father and Daughter, the 2002
event has a hard act to follow. However, it seems that organisers
Chris Williams and Siobhan Fenton have managed to achieve
the impossible. The line up of speakers and workshops is to
say the very least impressive.
The whole event has a more themed approach than in previous years, with
each session focussing on a particular medium or subject. Feature films,
short films, pop videos and humour in animation are just some of the
areas that will come under the spotlight during the two-day event.
Speakers are descending on Teesside from around the globe, and include
Mark Baker and Neville Astley (Astley Baker), Barry Purves, Bill
Plympton, Marie Manton and Chris Shepherd (Slinky Pictures) and friends
from British animation and effects powerhouse Framestore. This years 'in
conversation with' special guest is award winning animator Paul
Driessen. Topping the bill, the organisers are delighted to announce
that Phil Tippett and his partner Jules Roman have accepted an
invitation to join them at next year's event. Phil and Jules will close
proceedings on Friday.
As well as the usual happenings, delegates will be able to attend
workshops by renowned 'Acting for Animators' author Ed Hooks, a firm
favourite with last years crowd. Cosgrove Hall will also host a number
of workshops in which they will discuss subjects such as writing and
utilising Flash as a production tool. Softimage will be back to teach
some of the finer points of XSI and ToonBoom Technologies will also be
giving attendees a chance to do some 2D work with USAnimation.
The event will again play host to the Regional Screenings of the Public
Choice section of the British Animation Awards, where delegates and the
general public will get the chance to watch some of the very best
cutting edge animation and vote for what they think is the best. The
last time this event was hosted in Teesside, the audience was second
only in size to that which attended the regional screenings at the home
of the awards in London.
This years event will also be screening a number of selected films
including Bill Plympton's 'Mutant Aliens', Barry Purves new film
'Hamilton Mattress' and the short 'Hubert's Brain' by Wild Brain Inc.
There is also a whole range of events going on in and around the town
centre this year as the event spreads it's wings to involve a wider
audience. An exhibition of animation models made by MacKinnon & Saunders
will be shown at Middlesbrough's Craft Centre and animation will be
screened every day with large format projectors on to the side of a
building in the centre of Middlesbrough. The UGC multiplex will also be
screening classic animated movies every night of the week to make this
year's event a real festival of animation.
The finishing touches are being made to the programme as this article is
being written, and the organisers continue to hold back further details
until they can be confirmed, a decision that was taken after being
disappointed at other conferences where supposed speakers just didn't