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Night with the Weirdos at Sound City

Mike McGear - McCartney discussing the 'Weirdos'

Artist and photographer Mike McGear-McCartney was joined by animation alumni student Peter Miller (who has been animating and helping to bring Mike’s Weirdo characters which have been in the form of a series of sketches to life) and Prof Roger Shannon and Dr Alex Jukes of Edge Hill University.
Mike first created the characters for Scaffold (the legendary performance group) in the 1970s, Mike discussed the final realisation of his ‘strange’ 2D characters into animated form.

Mike McGear - McCartney discussing the 'Weirdos'

Mike McGear - McCartney being interviewed at Sound City 2019

Mike McGear - McCartney discussing his 'Weirdos' at Sound City

Our animation alumni David Chambers travels to Edge Hill

David has been an animator in the games industry since 2013. After completing and getting his first class BA honours degree in animation from Edge Hill University.

David is currently working as an animator for Travellers Tales Games and was part of the team for the BAFTA winning LEGO Dimensions. The Building Blocks of Success

He came to Edge Hill Animation this week to pass on his experienced knowledge to the current crop of 2nd year Animation students undertaking a masterclass in Maya.

Travellers Tales Games is a video game developer and based in Cheshire and produces the Lego video games. Follow the link to see the work they produce.
Tt Games

CGI Op Art at the Tate Gallery Liverpool

In response to the Tate’s Op Art in Focus display, Alex, presented an interactive installation, focusing on illusion, repetition, geometric forms and colour.

Titled ‘Optic Space Block‘ is a suspended animated cube from which to play and experiment with spatial illusion. It combines aspects of 3-D CGI technology, projection, fine art and public interaction, using aspects of colour, space and illusion design techniques to explore ideas of a physical and perceptual space.

3D suspended cube

3D suspended cube

Susan Young BAFTA Nominated Animation Director talks to Animation Students about Her Work

As part of Edge Hill University’s ‘Festival in a Day’, animator Susan Young came to talk to animation and media students on Wednesday morning about her work, experiences and journey as an animator.


Susan Young is a BAFTA-nominated animation director based in London. Commissioned films include The Doomsday Clock, a film about multilateral disarmament for the United Nations, Beleza Tropical for musician David Byrne, and Jimi Hendrix: Fire, for producer Alan Douglas. Susan’s film, titles, promos and commercials have been screened worldwide and she has served on several international animation festival juries (including Annecy Animation Festival).

Susan has recently returned to drawn animation and the making of Dead Reckoning (2016), is in collaboration with director Paul Wenninger.

Scriptwriter for Matt Groening’s new Netflix show ‘Disenchantment’ gives a masterclass to animation students

Students last week had the chance to work with scriptwriter Andrew Burrell. Andrew has recently written for Matt Groening’s new Netflix show ‘Disenchantment’ and CBBC’s Football drama ‘Jamie Johnson’. Previously he’s done stuff for Disney and Nickelodeon and was lead writer of ‘Danger Mouse’ for CBBC. On Tuesday of last week during class, third year Edge Hill Animation students had the opportunity to discuss their final year project ideas, scripts and development with Andrew.

Mike McCartney comes to Edge Hill to develop his ‘Weirdo’ series of sketches into an Animation

Mike McCartney younger brother to Paul and known as Mike McGear and a key member of the famous Liverpool band ‘The Scaffold’ as well as being a prolific photographer. Has come to Edge Hill Animation in order to bring to life his ‘Weirdo’ series of sketches. Animation alumni Peter Miller has been drafted in as the perfect 2D animator to bring Mike’s ‘Weirdo’ sketches to life.

Mike seen here recording the voices for his ‘Weirdo’ series of sketches in Edge Hill’s Media Department sound studios.

Mike McCartney recording the voices for his 'Weirdo' series of sketches

Starting next week Edge Hill animation alumni Peter Miller, as seen here with Mike, will be bringing Mr McCartney’s drawings to life in the form of a series of short animations. More to come…

Mike McCartney with Animation alumni Peter Miller

To see more about Mike’s ‘The Weirdos’ take a look at his Facebook page.The Weirdos

To see Peter Miller’s final year work see the following link.

Annual Trip to Wales

The start of October saw the first and second year Animation students going on the annual trip to Wales staying in Llandudno and this year we went to Betws y Coed where the students got into drawing and capturing audio.

Animation students reviewing their drawn work in Betws y Coed, North Wales.
Animation Students drawing in Betws y Coed, North Wales.
Animation Students drawing in Betws y Coed, North Wales.
Animation Students drawing in Betws y Coed, North Wales.

Animation Students drawing in Betws y Coed, North Wales.

Summer School Animation Residential

Last week we had 6 students come onto our annual Summer School Animation Residential which lasted three days. The students were given the task of producing in groups of three a stop-motion animation with the aim to achieve a completed animated film to be screened by the end of the residential.

See below for images of some of the great production work undertaken by the students as well as the screening of their finished animations.

From production to screening

Trip to the VFX Festival 2017

2nd year Digital SFX Animation and Motion Graphics students enjoyed the VFX FESTIVAL 2017 @ The Rich Mix Cinema, London. The festival hosted a fantastic array of Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics companies from the UK. Major companies talking about production work included ‘Industrial Light and Magic’ talking about ‘Star Wars:Rogue One’, Framestore talking about ‘Fantastic Creatures’, MPC talking about ‘Jungle Book’ as well as a host of other production studios including The Mill, MOMOCO, Glassworks, Axis VFX, etc.

Edge Hill University Animation VFX Festival 2017
VFX Festival 2017 Edge Hill University Animation

As well as a host of presentations, screenings and panel discussions, the students had a chance to spend time in the technology hub set up by the festival organisers on the fourth floor of the Rich Mix Cinema in London. Where they could get to see and experience the latest in interactive software and hardware including a lot of VR. With technology in the hub with HP, SideFX and The Mill demonstrating some of the tools that fuel innovation across the VFX industry.

Also on the fourth floor opposite the Technology Hub was a room of stalls including an array of the top UK VFX, animation, AND Motion Graphics companies where the students could talk directly about careers, getting into the industry, showreels, employability, etc.

Edge Hill University Animation VFX Festival 2017

Info about the VFX Festival can be found here

More info about the VFX Festival can be found here