Creative Skillset have joined up with us to run our Animation Industry Event and we’ve got all manner of topics being covered, by special guests from a wide range of very different areas. Each of them are ready to impart their knowledge and answer your questions in four carefully chosen panel sessions. For anyone working in the industry, thinking of working in the industry or just plain curious these four sessions are indispensable.
Anyone who works in animation knows the impact sound and music makes to an animated project – but just how important are their contribution in the making of an animated film? This session will be a general discussion, with examples of the influence of these two elements in the creation of an animation project.
Chaired by Mark Ashworth Senior Sound Designer, Sound Editor
Other LIAF Animation Industry Events include: ‘To finity and beyond: The future of animation in the UK’; Moving Documentaries: animation, truth and lies’; ‘and ”In a world….: the art of animated film titles‘
Mark Ashworth, Senior Sound Designer, Sound Editor
Mark Ashworth is UK based and heads the team at Erect Spider. He is an experienced Sound Designer, Musician, Technician and a Head of Department. Mark started his career as an established Artist in the genre of drum and bass and ran 3 record labels as well as a recording Artist during this ten year period, then through a love and passion of film expanded his creative talents into the field of film and in particular Sound Design and Sound Editing. Teaming up with long term friend and Film maker Robert Morgan (‘The Cat with Hands’, ‘The Separation’, ‘Bobby Yeah’) together their work has spawned a string of award winning films and most recently been nominated for a BAFTA in 2012. Mark also has a long term side project as a musician with the band ZnO as well as numerous side projects including one musical project with the Quay Brothers scorist Timothy Nelson. Mark so far this year has completed work on Steve Stones directing feature debut ‘Entity’ due for release in 2013. He has also worked on three shorts this year ‘El Armadillo’ by Darren Bransford, childrens animation ‘Paddy the Page‘ by Joe Orton & Daniella Orsini and the short film ‘Smoke’ by Maude Hirst and Sophia Jackson.
Maria Manton Producer and Director at Munky
Maria Manton has over twenty-two years experience producing animation, live action and special effects. Her love for filmmaking has led to her working with almost every type of animation style and film making technique. She’s produced literally hundreds of commercials, and to date 13 multi International award winning short films – awards including many BAA’s, a BIFA and a BAFTA nomination. Maria has also produced Cult TV and online series, branding and TV & Film title sequences. Maria has produced at a number of the UK’s leading animation companies and in 2000 she co-founded Slinky Pictures, which she also ran for its award winning decade, as well as producing the majority of Slinky’s diverse output over that time. Maria has also produced many music videos as well as tour content, including the entire visual content for the U2 Elevation Tour and a film for live screening at the World Cup 2010 Kick Off Party. In addition to developing feature length projects, Maria has also found time to direct, her work includes the Bull animation for the feature, ‘Bunny and The Bull’, and, most recently, she was Animation Director on a special short for The Chapman Brothers. Maria is an occasional lecturer at The NFTS and The RCA, and often sits on juries for Film Festivals and BAFTA.
Ruth Sullivan, Foley Artist
Ruth Sullivan is a Freelance Foley Artist. She has worked on several recent TV dramas such as ‘Misfits’, ‘Ripper Street’, ‘The Paradise’, ‘The Hunted’, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Spooks’, ‘Hustle’, ‘Any Human Heart’, ‘Whitechapel’, ‘Merlin’, ‘Case Sensitive’, ‘Inside Men’, ‘Outcasts’, ‘Wild at Heart’, ‘Skins’, ‘Body Farm’ plus animations including ‘Everything’s Rosie’ Series 1 & 2, ‘The 99’, ‘Little Princess’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’. Films over the years include: ‘Troy’, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, ‘Mamma Mia!’, ‘Creation’, ‘Proof’, ’28 Days Later’, ‘1408’, ‘The World Is Not Enough’ (Golden Reel nomination), ‘Paul’, ‘Death at a Funeral’, ‘Snow Cake’, ‘Keeping Mum’, ‘Still Crazy’, ‘The Hours’, ‘My House in Umbria’, ‘Running Free’ (Golden Reel nomination) and ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’ (Emmy winner).