From Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July, internationally renowned speakers from the world of animation will be converging on the Arts Institute at Bournemouth to take part in the Society for Animation Studies International Animation Conference entitled ‘Animation Unlimited’.
The three day event includes pre-eminent scholars and practitioners from some of the world’s leading institutes of animation education who will discuss, debate and drive the industry forward alongside leading organisations such as Aardman Animations. Keynote speakers at the event include Professor Peter Parr from the Institute who will be discussing the use of sketchbooks in animation education; Professor Esther Leslie from Birkbeck College, University of London who will be talking on the flux and flurry of animated words; and Professor Sean Cubitt from Melbourne University, Australia who will discuss some of the problems of animation theory and history.
Other prominent speakers debating the aesthetics of animation include Richard Goleszowski, Animation Director for Aardman Animations, whose creations include ‘Rex the Runt’; Michel Ocelot, from France, the writer and director of animated films including ‘Azur et Asmar’ (which will receive a special screening at the conference, with the director in conversation afterwards with Professor Paul Wells); and Joanna Quinn from Beryl Productions, multi-award-winning British animator (‘Girls’ Night Out’, ‘Famous Fred’, ‘Britannia’) and designer of the popular Charmin commercials. Additional speakers from Australia, Netherlands, USA, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Norway, Germany, UK and Hong Kong will present lively discussions on animation at the 20th anniversary of this renowned event. Subjects to be explored include the investigation of Japanese animation, analysis of the popular cartoon series ‘The Simpsons’ and a look at animated computer games and drawn versus digital animation.
In addition to the conference, the Gallery at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth will be exhibiting works by Academy Award-winning animator Bob Godfrey MBE
. ‘A Retrospective’, curated by Professor Suzanne Buchan, Seymour Lavine and Aaron Wood of the Animation Research Centre, Farnham, runs from the 14th July – 22nd August and explores the life and works of one of Britain’s most successful animation directors. The works are on loan from the Animation Research Centre Archive. Bob Godfrey has been directing and producing films since the 1950’s and his films have included the popular ‘Roobarb and Custard’ and ‘Henry’s Cat’ series. His studio, Bob Godfrey Films, has produced work spanning music promos, commercials, short films and even the Oscar winning film ‘Great!’, based on the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Bob Godfrey’s Retrospective will take a closer look at the political, historical and sexual themes that run strongly through Godfrey’s films, while at the same time revealing to visitors the complex techniques and the creative and art-based processes of animation pre-production that result in the finished films.
This three day event includes three keynote speakers and over 50 guest and panel speakers all discussing and debating their enthusiasm for animation. For more information, or to book a place on this event, please visit http://www.aibep.co.uk/