Animex Talk!

Programme: 10 February 2006

Foyer, Europa Building, University of Teesside

Please note: the schedule of events and speakers at Animex Talk! is a provisional programme and is subject to change.

8.45am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
9.30am Getting into the biz
Our panel of industry experts will offer tips and advice on how to get a break into the animation industry. Shelley Page, DreamWorks; Rachelle Lewis, Digital Domain; Pete Draper, Writer and Effects Director and Matthew Sagar, Moving Picture Company.
10.10am Break
10.30am The UK Animation Business - The market for UK animation in 2006
With panelists representing UK broadcasting, producers, directors and distributors the session will discuss the current and ongoing opportunities for UK animation in both TV and commercials as well as discussing the challenges that animation producers face today. Sam McCarthy, Producer, Axis Animation; Mario Cavalli, Director, Colony Media; Chris Rose, Acquisitions Executive, CBBC; Layla Lewis, Acquisitions Manager, Nickelodeon UK and Jenn Upton. Producer, HIT Entertainment, chaired by Mark Elliott, DigitalCity.
11.30am Acting for Animators
A chance for our main festival audience to learn from Ed Hooks, one of the world's most respected writers and teachers of the art of acting specifically geared toward animators.
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Animex Student Animation Awards Winners Presentation
Find out who has won the 2006 Animex Student Animation Awards.
2.20pm Producing Animated Shorts
This talk illustrates the benefits of producing animated shorts such as portfolio pieces, festival screenings, publicity, pitches for shows, etc. It delves into important issues to keep in mind and short cuts to get things done. Mark Simon uses his successful series of shorts, Timmy’s Lessons In Nature, as supporting evidence in the discussion. Hear great war stories about the Timmy shorts as they were pitched and sold around the world on the way to winning Grand Prize in Nickelodeon’s first-ever Nicktoons Film Festival.
3.10pm Break
3.30pm Studio AKA
Philip Hunt presents a retrospective of his work and talks about his role at Studio AKA, one of the most UK's most successful producers of animated short films and commercials.
4.20pm From Morph to the Were-Rabbit
Dave Sproxton, one half of the team that founded Aardman Animations, comes to Animex to share the experience of developing one of the world's most famous studios.
5.30pm Close