Animated Exeter has looked a little closer to home this year for its Arts Council-funded animation extravaganza. Creative techno-whizzes at Plymouth’s i-DAT will join the internationally acclaimed London artists Tundra for a project called Isca Obscura, which will be shown on Exeter Cathedral from Friday, February 18 to Sunday, February 20.
Animated Exeter runs from February 14 to February 26, and has received £38.5k from the Arts Council for the projection.
Now in its 12th year, the 12-day event is packed with animated from around the world. Festival goers can watch over 140 animation films, as well as attend industry master-classes, career-planning days, and prestigious award ceremonies.
Tundra’s son-et-lumiÃ¨re Isca Obscura projection will reference Exeter’s history and light up the cathedral narrative of animated graphics, mythology and symbolism. A special seminar will look at the future development of large-scale projections during the weekend of the cathedral animation. Mapping the Future, on Saturday, February 19, will bring together leading artists in the field for a public discussion about developing the artform in the years ahead.
Animated Exeter starts in February half-term with hands-on workshops for all levels, providing skills for eager first-time animators through to seasoned enthusiasts.
Throughout the festival there are guided sessions introducing the art of animation, the finer points of caricature-drawing, plot narration and scriptwriting as well as more detailed classes about stop-motion and video-mapping techniques.
If you’re a fan of the TV-based animated vegetables there’s even the chance to try your skill with the Ugglies masterclass. A host of industry talent is lining up to provide the workshops such as the Bafta-winning screenwriter Alan Gilbey, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles supremo, Andy Wyatt, and one of the UK’s greatest 2D animators, Joanna Quinn.
For those trying to take their first steps in the animation industry, the event provides excellent training. As well as the hands-on workshops, there are inspiring exhibitions covering a variety of animation styles, plus an informative careers fair to help those seeking fledgling jobs in the industry. The awards ceremony will showcase the very best emerging talent, with awards given during the festival (and after, in the case of the British Animation Awards).
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