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LIAF 2015: UK Animator Focus Session 1 – The Joy in Artifice with Barry Purves

December 12, 2015
11:00 am

LIAF presents UK Animator Focus at the University of East London (UEL), an all-day event from 11:00 – 19:00, Saturday 12 December. The Joy in Artifice with Barry Purves is the first of four sessions, in a very special day-long animation event at the UEL. We’ve gathered together some of the most passionate, honest and insightful experts from a wide range of different areas and backgrounds who are ready to cover all manner of vital topics to help you on your way towards working in the animation industry. Each animator is ready to impart their knowledge and answer your questions in three carefully chosen sessions. For anyone currently working in the film and animation industry, thinking of working in the industry or just plain curious, these three talks are indispensable.

Add to this a very special enhanced screening of our annual British Showcase, 90 minutes of the best short animated films made in the last 12 months with several filmmakers in attendance, and you’ll get an exceptional opportunity to see what British animators are doing, how they’re doing it and how the art form is travelling.

Other sessions include:

Session 2 – Storyboarding for Animation – How & Why with Luc Chamberland
Session 3 – Storytelling for Animation with Robert Bradbrook
Session 4 – British Showcase with Numerous UK Animators!

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Please note, there will be no tickets available on the day of the event. Advance booking only. One ticket gets you into all 4 events.

Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.For more information please go to:

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Session 1 – The Joy in Artifice with Barry Purves

Through the use of dozens of thought-provoking stills Barry will look at how animation, particularly stop motion animation, fits in with the other arts, and how it should celebrate artifice and use all its’ quirky qualities to maximum effect. Barry will try to answer ‘what is animation?’

Barry will also be joining us on LIAF 2015 Opening Night for an onstage talk and screening Barry Purves – The Naked Animator

Please do take a look at the genius at work on the set of Tchaikovsky in the clip below

Barry Purves Biography

Barry Purves, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalBarry Purves is one of the UK’s outstanding animation directors, with a career spanning 25 years, over 60 international awards (including BAFTA and Academy Award nominations) and many lifetime achievement awards. He has animated and directed numerous series for television such as The Wind in the Willows, Rupert Bear and most recently, the award-winning Toby’s travelling Circus. He has worked in significant roles on such feature films as Mars Attacks! and King Kong, and directed over 60 commercials and titles sequences. In 2015, Barry has had 60th birthday retrospectives at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Bristol Puppet Festival, a film festival in Venice and here – at the London International Animation Festival.