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Toy Story, Kubo and Bagpuss come to Canterbury for this year's Anifest

22 September 2016

Award winning animation professionals are drawing up their talks and workshops ready for a weekend of cartoon and animation magic at this month’s Anifest.

Unique master classes, talks and workshops will take place between 30 September and 2 October, to give people who have an interest in animation an insight into the profession and a ‘behind the scenes’ pass to how animation works.

This year Steve Segal, who has worked on Toy Story, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Sesame Street and a Disney World attraction, will be holding Pixar and Me and more: To Indie and Beyond on Saturday 1st October. Between his commercial work, Steve has created a series of award-winning short animation, which he will show at is talk, as well as sharing fun stories from his career.

Also in the festival line-up is Ty Johnson, the Lead 3D Modeller at animation production company, LAIKA, who will give a talk on 2 October, unravelling how he has helped to bring stop-motion storytelling into the next century, touching on LAIKA’s latest production currently in cinemas, Kubo.

A range of other talks, workshops and screenings will also take place over the festival weekend, including Make Your Own Stop Motion Model, a workshop with Stop Motion animator, Ted Webley, guiding you through basic character model building, and, A History of Storyboarding Animation, by Canterbury Anifest’s Festival Director and Programme Director for Canterbury Christ Church University’s School of Media, Art and Design’s MA by Research, Dr Chris Pallant.

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Dr Chris Pallant, Director of the School of Media, Art and Design’s MA by Research.

Chris said: “Anifest is a wonderful event and which has been running in Canterbury for nine years. It is a real privilege to be Directing the festival this year, especially with the line-up of great speakers that we have.

“Maybe you are interested in the classic stop motion worlds of Bagpuss, The Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine, all of which were produced close to Canterbury by Smallfilms, or the fantasy spectaculars of Ray Harryhausen? Maybe you prefer computer animation, either in the stylised form of Pixar’s Toy Story, or in the shape of the ‘invisible’ animated sequences that make the impossible seem possible in films such as Captain America or Spectre? Or maybe you want to know more about how vocal performance helps to bring life to shows such as Peppa Pig, Octonauts, and Thomas and Friends? I am really thrilled to see all of these aspects of animation represented in the Anifest programme this year to ensure there is something for everyone.”

Canterbury Anifest will take place between 30 September and 2 October in Canterbury Christ Church University’s Augustine House Library, located in the centre of Canterbury. The various events can be booked individually, or as part of weekend festival passes. Both types of tickets can be purchased via the festival website: www.canterburyanifest.com.  

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