Once again Animexperience offers anyone with the slightest interest in animation and computer games an opportunity to dip their creative toes in to the digital and creative industries pool - come on in, the water's lovely.
This year seems even more relevant with Teesside's traditional workforce taking an economic and cultural kick in the teeth. For this reason alone, Animexperience believes that now is the time to highlight the alternative vocational and educational pathways for the region's future workforce and students.
Animexperience has facilitated numerous workshops and educational forums. It has presented an inside sneak preview of what it takes to make it in the world of cartoons or laser weaponry. It has developed strong links with educational and community support agencies. Over 3,000 schoolchildren and their families participate yearly, and the feedback, nationally and internationally, is phenomenal.
Work produced by schools and community groups has led to a rise in animation being used as a link to curriculum development and social expression.
2009 climbed higher than ever as an animated film produced by children aged 6- 8 years-old from a selection of schools in east Middlesbrough is now used by the prestigious Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology to promote Animexperience workshops as a marking post that represents a stimulating and valid approach to difficult subject matter such as pre-history and biology.
So, if you want to know how fish can talk and water looks so real, crowd scenes are developed , or how to draw a cartoon car, then get yourself along to Animexperience.
Never before has the education of our region's schoolchildren been more relevant. One day Animexperience will produce an animator, games designer or the next Hollywood director. The world will speak as highly about Teesside's creative talent as they do about our iconic history of bridge building and engineering.
Come on Teesside, let's get animated.
Head of Animexperience (and former steel worker)
(2009) in pictures
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