Late at Tate – Animation Workshops for adults, in conjunction with Clapham Film Unit, Free Film Festivals and BFI Education

For a change I got to work with adults, who don’t normally get the chance to play and express their creativity. The workshops were great fun and it was wonderful to see the participants’ reactions to their films. If any groups of adults out there want me to run a workshop, please get in touch.

Jan Svankmajer inspired workshops

I have been running some workshops inspired by Jan Svankmajer.  Cine City, the Brighton Film Festival, commissioned me to devise a workshop using found materials to coincide with their exhibition, at The University of Brighton Gallery, Jan Svankmajer: The Inner Life of Objects.

The Brighton workshops were a great success, all of them having sold out.  I shall be running one further workshop along the same lines at Watershed in Bristol on Sunday 1st December.

Here are the details:

There will also be a shorts programme for the parents/carers to attend whilst the children (6-11) attend the workshop.

The Brighton workshops also included a session with adults with learning disabilities from OSKA Bright.

Here are the other sessions:

9th Nov 2013

26th Oct

Hamlet the Pig, Bob & the Unwelcome Visitor shortlisted for the Winchester Short Film Festival

Hamlet the Pig, Bob & the Unwelcome Visitor made by a group of my students during the summer school at The Colour Factory, was shortlisted for the Winchester Short Film Festival in the category for young film makers under 18.  Sadly it didn’t win, but it was flattering to be shortlisted.

There was some disappointment for the directors  Dom, Ed & Tilly but that had more to do with the fact that the same film won both the under 18 as well as the under 22 categories.  That and the fact that there was an announcement that the youngest film maker was 12, when two of our team are 10.  Outrage!  Congratulations to the winner.

Here’s a link to The Art Cafe page.  By the way, I am listed as the director, which is incorrect.  The directors were the young people involved in the film.

I won a W3 award!

Halesway, a multi award-winning marketing agency based in Hampshire, hired me to create the stop-motion animation as well as the voice-over for a campaign for Durex and MTV called Ignite Change, which won a gold award at the W3 Awards in the category of Branded Content: Not-for-Profit.  Unfortunately I am not allowed to show the link to the work itself, but here is the link to the W3 page that lists the winners.

Here is a link to the Halesway website:

The Fabric of Our Town

Throughout 2012 animator Tom Hillenbrand ran a number of workshops aimed at making an animated film. The workshops were held at St Paulinus Church of England Primary School, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Temple Grove and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School as well as at Crayford Library and at the Danson Festival.

The film, told through the eyes of a Swaisland factory worker, tells the story of the factory winning a medal design at the Great Exhibition as well as the workers’ role in the Chartist movement and the campaign for the vote for the working man.

Those who took part in the workshops learnt traditional animation techniques using modern, user-friendly technology and camera-free techniques. The workshops taught techniques such as cut out animation and plasticine modelling.


For more information on the project please visit the website