Curtis Jobling talks animation

My superinterweb monitoring for mentions of “Edge Hill” (and variations) was the first I knew who would be talking at the British Animation Awards screening last night:

CurtisJobling: Off to speak at Edgehill University this evening as they’re one of the hosts of the British Animation Awards. First visit, should be fun!

Curtis Jobling is an illustrator famous for being the creator of Bob the Builder (series link) and Frankenstein’s Cat. He was at Edge Hill to introduce the Public Choice screening and talked for half and hour about how he got his break in animation and some of the projects he’d worked on. Curtis was kind enough to let me film the talk – once again forgot to take a tripod so it might be at a slightly funny angle. The Curious Cow interstitials created for Nickelodeon are available online.

Unfortunately prior commitments meant I was only able to see the first couple of shorts and I can’t make today or tomorrow, but I recommend popping over to the Studio Theatre if you can. Starts at 6:30pm and admission is free!

CONNECT Diversity Week

This week is CONNECT Diversity Week – a series of events and workshops including everything from language taster sessions to films. I went along to the launch event earlier today to find out more. First up, David Law introduces:

Edge Hill’s choir – Voices from the Edge – were up next to sing a set. Must remember to take a tripod next event I go to so I’ve just recorded a few of them:

I also managed to grab a chat with Pete O’Farrell, (SU Vice President Activities and Participation):

Check the timetable for other events going on this week.

British Animation Awards


Viewings of the Public Choice award in the British Animation Awards are coming to Edge Hill in a little over a week. The Public Choice programe is where the audience choose their favourite animated films from the past two years. Edge Hill (along with 26 other venues) is showing screenings during February and as part of the 125th Anniversary celebrations, the ones at the Rose Theatre are free!

Screenings are from 6:20pm – 8pm, Monday 8th through Wednesday 10th. I might see you there!

Gary Younge Jesse Jackson Lecture

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Guardian writer Gary Younge present “Obama’s America; Dickensian Time – the best of times and the worst of times”, the first Jesse Jackson lecture (well, second if you include the one from Rev Jackson!) at the International Slavery Museum. It was a really interesting talk and now you can see it yourself.