Streamschool (Patakiskola) by Péter Vácz (2010)

Streamschool is really charming with beautiful design and animation by Péter Vácz. I particularly liked the water effects. A little girl has an adventure with water as she travels from a small brook to the sea. A tale of growing up based on a Hungarian poem.

The film was made in (MOME) Moholy- Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest, Hungary in 2010 as Péter Vácz’s BA graduation in animation.

Find out about the making of Streamschool at vaczpeter.blogspot.com

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Pythagasaurus by Peter Peake (2011)

Pythagasaurus starts off looking like a maths education film but soon reveals humour aimed at a more mature audience. When a volcano threatens to blow two prehistoric men enlist the aid a mathematician dinosaur. Directed by Peter Peake at Aardman Animations studio, with the voices of Bill Bailey, Martin Trenaman and Simon Greenall.

Barry Purves on Structuring Animation Film (2011)

Stop-motion animator Barry Purves was a guest speaker at the Bradford Animation Festival, UK in November 2011. In this video clip he talks about story structure with illustrations from his latest animation project entitled Plume.

Barry has won over sixty major international awards, including Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Film, and OSCAR and BAFTA nominations.

Barry’s films are known for their innovation, passion, elegance, lush visuals and fresh interpretations, and he has directed and animated some 70 commercials, title sequences and animation inserts for films and pop promos.

The Dreamcatcher / D&AD by Jonathan McKee (2011)

Jonathan McKee won first prize at the D&AD Student Awards 2011, out of all international entries, with this animation. The Walt Disney Company, in association with D&AD, asked students to ‘create a lead character, with heart and optimism, for a narrative-driven comedy cartoon’. Jonathan’s response was a cartoon series based around Baku, a dreamcatcher who spends each night catching and eating members of a vicious group: The Nightmares’ – bad dreams intent on placing the human world into a perpetual sleep.

Jonathan McKee is a design graduate from Northern Ireland, who specialises in graphic design, illustration and motion graphics.

Yo Gabba Gabba Sea Friends by HunterGatherer (2010)

HunterGatherer were commissioned by Yo Gabba Gabba to animate a song they had written called “Sea Friends”. It is a stop-motion music video for preschoolers about fish and other friends in the sea. All creatures and scenery in the video are painted wood. Mason Jennings performed the song. HunterGatherer is a New York, NY design, illustration, animation and production studio founded by Todd St. John.

Sylvain Chomet Animating (2006)

Sylvain Chomet discusses his approach to animating. This is an excerpt from the BBC documentary “The Secret of Drawing”. It starts with a brief history of animation followed by animator Sylvain Chomet talking as he animates. The work shown is an early test animation for “The Illusionist”.