Wowie what a couple of weeks it's been! Finished off on a major project Galaxy Chocolate Ad, and then I went to an animation festival called Animex.
I definitely have the festival bug this year, and I'm going to attempt to pop along to as many as I can afford!
Animex is a mighty festival in Middlesbrough, England, that has been running for 13 years altogether. Run by some spectacular lecturers from my old University. Over the years I've had the pleasure to meet an amazing array of incredible people, Eric Goldberg, Mark Walsh, Stuart Sumida, Ed Hooks, to name but a few.
...and this year was no exception.
There were lots of animation talks including Ed Hooks, Alastair McIlwain (Staandlooper), David Au (Rough Draft), Will Becher (Aardman), Murray Barber (The Mill), Ferran Domerech (MPC), Andrew Whiterhurst (Double Negative), Stuart Sumida, Hans Rijpkema (R&H) and Rob Dressel (Disney).
If you ever get chance to go to a festival near by or this one, in fact, don't pass up the opportunity. It's such a great buzz, to meet all these very talented enthusatic people. It's a perfect place to make friends and meet old ones.
...because I'm a little afriad to babble on too much about how wonderful this event is, here are my favourite quotes from the event:
"We don't have problems, we have opportunities"
- Andrew Whitehurst
"The avoidence of failure is not the same
thing as pursuing success"
- Ed Hooks
"You've got to be prepared for your work to
be thrown away.
The joy is in doing it. If it gets out, it gets out!"
- David Au
"If you don't recognise even a tiny bit of the caricature,
it's not funny anymore....real life informs caricature"
- Stuart Sumida
"Getting into the right frame of mind is all apart of the
process of starting somethin new"
- Alastair McIlwain
I particularly liked Alastair's talk, it was filled with insight on how to open up your mind to creativity and how to achieve this. The link between a closed mind and goign through the process to achieve an open one:
Closed, soultion specific --> space --> time --> more time --> confidence --> Open, abstract view
But this can also be reached by....
Closed, soultion specific --> humour --> Open, abstract view
...the power of humour. Just like how John Cleese explains in the video a posted a while back called "On Creativity".
I can't wait to go to another one and meet even more people and get inspired! Hopefully I'll see you meet you there too :). If you'd like anymor infomation on Animex and thigns i saw/heard, just drop me an email.