Creative Skillset have joined up with us to run our annual 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.
Chaired by Mark Ashworth, The Erect Spider
In the animated world where dialogue is often absent, sound takes on its own form – a sonic character central to driving the picture. But do we truly grasp the importance of sound in animation? How much and at what stage do different directors bring sound into the creative process? Is sound an after-thought or carefully planned from the conception of an animation? Looking at the last decade of technological developments, what techniques are employed today that weren’t 10 years ago? In this open debate we will reveal technical approaches, discuss creative considerations and explain how the digital revolution can help directors and sound designers work together without having to go to big buck studios.
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Mark Ashworth (Chair)
Mark is probably best known for his work with Robert Morgan (The Cat with Hands, Bobby Yeah) and has been very busy this year in completing work on Rob’s film for Channel 4 – Invocation and starting on Rob’s animated inclusion into the ABC’s of Death Anthology horror feature film. He has also worked with Louis Hudson on the (produced for Channel 4) animation comedy Dont Fear Death starring Rik Mayall. Both Don’t Fear Death and Invocation can be seen at this years LIAF. Earlier in the year Mark also completed sound design, editing and dubbing mixing work on Steve Stone’s Entity which was released by the Fangori brand in the US and via Metrodome in the UK to much critical acclaim.
Louis Hudson – Co-founder of Dice Productions
Louis Hudson is a 2D Animation Director and co-founder of comedy film duo Dice Productions with Ian Ravenscroft. Having studied animation at Edinburgh College of Art he has created work for UK Film Council, Channel 4, BBC Comedy and Oxfam. His first funded short was All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat), starring Kevin Eldon and Josie Long.
Paul Jones – Editor
Paul Jones is an Editor with over 16 years experience in commercial/corporate/promo editing. He spent 2 years as in-house Editor at visual media agency Visionbomb and 14 years as founding member and Head of Production/Post at Manchester agency Mojofuel Ltd. Throughout this time Paul has cut a vast and diverse range of work, ranging from videos for Microsoft and EA Sports to live performances by Plan B and The Killers, along with promos for Tiesto and fashion labels Gio Goi and All Saints. Paul also has experience in producing, directing and sound designing animated work and, whilst he is most at home on short-form creative projects, his corporate credits include work for multinational brands including Eisai, HP and Corona Extra.
Adele Cutting – Audio Director at SoundCuts
BAFTA Award-winning Audio Director Adele Cutting trained at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and worked in film post production before moving into the games industry in the mid-nineties, taking on an in-house role at Electronic Arts. After working on several of the company’s key titles and franchises, she worked her way up to the position of Senior Audio Director in 2006 and, in 2011, after fifteen years at the company, Adele decided to form her own Audio Production company, SoundCuts.
SoundCuts’ many clients have included Microsoft, Gamesys and Pottermore and as well as ongoing work in film, the company is currently engaged in projects across many key gaming platforms – ranging from mobile, iOS and Playstation 4 titles through to interactive books and media. Adele’s many game credits include Dungeon Keeper 2, Theme Park World, F1, the Harry Potter franchise and Sim City. She has been a regular juror at the BAFTA Games Awards and in recent times has served as a judge at the prestigious MAS (Music and Sound) Awards. She also lectures in Game Sound at the NFTS and other Universities.