Book Your Ideas Up & Signing

  • Book Your Ideas Up & Signing

We’ll be joined by a panel of authors who will be presenting their new animation books and explaining them to the audience. This event will be followed by a book signing. These authors will be Paul Wells and Samantha Moore (The Fundamentals of Animation (Second Edition)), Ben Mitchell (Independent Animation) Mark Collington, Animation in Context and Stephen Brooks (Tradigital Animate CC: 12 Principles of Animation in Adobe Animate).

Should you wish, books will be available to purchase from the shop during the festival and in the Event Space during the signing. A purchase is not necessary to attend the event.


Fundamentals of Animation (Second Edition)

Packed with examples from classic and contemporary films, The Fundamentals of Animation presents each stage of the animation production process in an engaging visual style, whilst providing an historical and critical context for four core disciplines: drawn/cel; 2D/3D stop-motion; computer generated; and experimental animation.
With insightful commentary from leading animators, Wells and Moore also introduce you to the many different career paths open to aspiring animators, from storyboard artist or character designer to VFX artist or writer and director. They also provide you with key tips on producing engaging portfolios and show reels.
– Illustrated with over 300 images, including preliminary sketches, frame-by-frame analyses and shots of animators at work.
– Now explores the animated documentary genre and the role of visual effects and gaming in contemporary animation.
– Features more than 20 interviews with a range of international practitioners including Pete Docter, Director, Monsters, Inc. (2001), Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015).


Independent Animation
With the advent of advanced hand-held technology and the widespread nature of the internet, the world of animated filmmaking is more exciting and accessible than ever. Due to this cultural and technological development, the success of independent animated film makers is on the rise. Independent Animation showcases some of the greatest, most innovated giants in the field and helps guide readers through the artistic process and production techniques. Story development, casting, color, distribution, and the intimidating aspects of production are elucidated using various examples from all over the world. Readers will also explore the changing nature of the audiences’ relationship with animation, granting firsthand guidance in navigating the diverse fields of animated filmmaking.


Animation in Context
Animation in Context is an illustrated introduction to cultural theory, contextual research and critical analysis. By making academic language more accessible, it empowers animators with the confidence and enthusiasm to engage with theory as a fun, integral, and applied part of the creative process. Interviews with contemporary industry professionals and academics, student case studies and a range of practical research exercises, combine to encourage a more versatile approach to animation practice from creating storyboards to set designs and soundtracks; as well as developing virals, 3D zoetropes and projection mapping visuals. Mark Collington focuses on a core selection of theoretical approaches that shape animation narrative, supported by a broader set of shared theoretical principles from the worlds of art, design, film and media studies. This discussion is underpinned by cross-disciplinary thinking on a range of topics including genre, humour, montage and propaganda. These are applied to the analysis of a range of animated films and projects from Disney and Animé, to independent artist-filmmakers such as Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis and Jerzy Kucia. These ideas are also applied to other uses of animation such as advertising, sitcom, gaming and animated documentary.


Tradigital Animate CC: 12 Principles of Animation in Adobe Animate
Tradigital Flash: 12 Principles of Animation in Adobe Flash brings the essentials of traditional animation and Adobe Flash together. The early masters of animationcreated a list of 12 principles which are important for anyone who wants to create interesting and believable animation. Digital animation continues to make incredible technological advancements that give animators the capability to produce visually stunning work. New technology, however, also has a tendency to create an environment where animators are so focused on adapting to the new workflow that they tend to dismiss these fundamental animation principles… which often leads to poor and lifeless character animation. Tradigital Flash helps you focus on these principles while using the program’s wide array of features to create believable animation, consistently.


Ben Mitchell

Since finishing his MA in 2008, Ben Mitchell has worked as an animation freelancer with Channel 4, BBC, A Productions, Plymptoons, Rumpus Animation, Slurpy Studios, Happy Hour Productions, Somethin' Else, Jelly Penguin, Channel Flip, and others. As an independent filmmaker he has directed several shorts that have been officially selected for over 100 major film and animation festivals between them and been broadcast internationally. He is also a writer, researcher, and Managing Director of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine, where he has conducted interviews with some of the animation industry's leading practitioners and produced editorial features, events coverage, film/product reviews, project management, video content and the Skwigly Animation Podcast.

Samantha Moore

Samantha Moore is an animated documentary maker and researcher. Amongst her awards is one 'for Scientific Merit' from the journal Nature (New York, 2010) for her film An Eyeful of Sound. Her most recent film Loop (an Animate Projects commission funded by the Wellcome Trust, 2016) has screened internationally. Sam is passionate about the ability of animation to convey reality in new and surprising ways and has a Ph.D. (2015), about the way animation can be used to document perceptual brain states.

Her other international award winning short animated documentaries include; Success with Sweet Peas (2003), doubled up (2004), The Beloved Ones (2007),and Shadow Stories (2013). Samantha is a senior lecturer in animation at the University of Wolverhampton and the co-author of Fundamentals of Animation (2nd ed) with Paul Wells (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Mark Collington

Mark Collington is MA and BA (Hons) Animation Course Leader at the Cass School of Art in London. Previously he established the BA (Hons) Animation course at University of Bedfordshire (2006-2013), and also worked as a senior lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth (2004-2006). He started his career as a traditional 2D animator for a production company near Birmingham. He also worked in fashion illustration and brand development for a menswear company in Paris. He completed his own animation studies at the Royal College of Art in 2001.

His MA films West Pier (2001) and Testrip (2000), and subsequent Arts Council England funded animation commission Alphabetic: The A-Z of Birth (2006), have been screened on television and at a number of international animation festivals. His personal work primarily explores relationships between architecture, life drawing and animation. More recent projects include projection mapping animated images onto Surbiton Station (2013), and he is currently developing an animated visual essay in response to his new book Animation in Context, published by Bloomsbury (2016).

Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks (AKA "RubberOnion") has been a self-taught Freelance Animator for over 10 years and creates Indie content in the form of animated shorts, a podcast, tutorials, and informative blogs.

Date & Time: Tue, 15 Nov - 15:15
Approx. Runtime: 60 mins
Venue: Event Space
This event is only available with a festival pass