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Alastair McIlwain


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Alastair McIlwain With a rare breadth of experience as an animator, producer, director and artist, Alastair has worked in the animation industry in the UK, Ireland and across Europe since 1974, winning BAFTA and RTS nominations and numerous awards for live action shorts, commercials, title sequences and animated series in 2D and 3D.

Feature film credits include animation on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Heavy Metal and Jimmy Murakami's film When the Wind Blows. He has been external assessor at the University of Dundee and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology as well as visiting lecturer at the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University. He served as a director on the Board of the Northern Ireland Screen Commission for six years and has been a member of BAFTA. With business partner Richard Morss, he created Straandlooper in 2008 designing and directing Lifeboat Luke, the first 52 part animated series to be produced in Northern Ireland. More recently the company, with Telltale Games produced the trilogy, Hector: Badge of Carnage, earning the company the accolade of being in the top 100 games developers worldwide.

Talk: More beginnings than endings

With the ever changing definition of animation, its creation, distribution and business models, there is an opportunity for small animation companies to determine their own future. For Straandlooper, Hector: Badge of Carnage was a first step in that challenge. This presentation reveals the philosophy and strategy behind that continuing journey.

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