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BAFTA nominated animator to give public lecture

13 November 2007

Twice BAFTA nominated animator, Tim Webb, will be giving a talk about his films at 6pm on Wednesday 21st November at Canterbury Christ Church University's Powell Lecture Theatre.

The lecture is free to the public and is part of Canterbury Anifest 2007, Kent’s first animation festival.

Tim was nominated for a BAFTA for his multi-award winning film, ‘A is for Autism’, and for ‘Six of One’, both for Channel 4.  He will give those who attend an insight into animation film making and showcase all of his work including examples of his student work.

Speaking before his lecture, Tim, who is currently Senior Tutor in Animation at the Royal College of Art in London, said: “I am very much looking to coming to Canterbury Christ Church to discuss my previous projects.  This event will be of interest to anyone with a passion for animation or an interest in the film production process.”

Senior Lecturer of Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Department, Tim Jones, who is organising this event, said:  “This is the first in a series of public lectures featuring top people from the animation world.  Tim Webb is a particularly interesting, thought provoking and inventive film maker.”

The lecture is just one of a series of exciting events to be run by Canterbury Anifest 2007, a Canterbury City Council initiative in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, University College for the Creative Arts, University of Kent and Festival Fringe.  The festival is funded by Screen South and Kent Community Schools.

All are welcome to this event, but please note that some films are not suitable for children. No tickets required.
For more information about Canterbury Anifest log on to http://www.canterburyanifest.com/

Notes to Editor

If you would like an interview or image of Tim, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Draper, on 01227 782391.

Tim Webb

Having abandoned an apprenticeship in dental technology to study art then animation, Tim Webb worked for several years as a freelance animator before being commissioned by Channel 4 to devise and direct his first multi award winning film, ‘A is for Autism’ (1992).

He went on to direct ‘15th February’ (1995), an Arts Council of England Animate Award film, which also won several prizes, including the 1995 ICA Dick Award as ‘the most provocative, innovative and subversive short film of the year’, and the main prize at the first Poetry Film Festival, ZEBRA, Berlin 2002.  In 1996 he was appointed animation director on the Stokholm, colour sequence of ‘Silence’ (1996) made by Halo Productions – which included storyboarding, colour design, layouts and animation.  His latest C4 commission was the BAFTA-nominated ‘Six of One’ (2000).  His most recent film ‘Mr Price’ was sponsored by animate and his first digital film – a reflection on illusions and representation from mid-life.

Tim has taught at various universities and colleges over the last 14 years, has devised and run a number of animation workshops home and abroad.  Webb is currently Senior Tutor in Animation at the Royal College of Art, London.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Department of Media

The Department of Media is a respected academic centre which offers a stimulating environment in which to study a wide range of media.  It was one of the first departments in the UK to offer media courses and has gained an international reputation.

The programmes within the department ensure that academic and theoretical work goes hand in hand with practical and creative work.  Courses offer opportunities to develop and practice production skills, and to become familiar with critical perspectives.

Teaching on the courses is of a consistently high standard and has been recognised for its excellence.  All of the department’s academic staff are engaged in a wide variety of research activities, which helps shape day to day teaching.  The department’s links with the film, radio, television, journalism, digital and other media industries are strong.  Visiting professionals and academics are regularly invited to contribute to the department’s courses. 

Graduates from the department are consistently in demand, and as a consequence Sky television has set up a scholarship scheme with the University, while BBC operates from a radio studio on campus.  The skills the department’s students acquire help graduates find work in a range of jobs: directors, editors, journalists, animators, web designers, producers, academics, cinematographers, and other posts within the media industry.

Contacts

Claire Draper,
Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University
01227 782391, claire.draper@canterbury.ac.uk

Laura Jones,
External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826, laura.jones@canterbury.ac.uk

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