So, the story of "Grave Mistake" is not quite over yet! Alongside hitting 10k views on YouTube, and getting noted recognition for being featured on the front page of Newgrounds (where it has another 8k views) when they introduced that new trophy, it has been nominated for the RTS Student Awards West of England in the Animation category! It faces stiff competition in the form of Frank Harper's beautifully crafted "Between the Trees", and Arty Hunt's politically charged "A Messy State of Affairs", but I still can't wait to see it up on the screen at the Watershed on February 11.
The Arnolfini show went ahead today, and barring some significant audio issues with the film reel, it went pretty well! Decent turnout considering any advertising we did was incredibly last minute, and plenty of people from the course sticking around to help set it up and take it down.
The next time the show will be on is in London, 17-18 July. However, I've opted to not take part in that one given that I'm looking to stay in Bristol, making showing off to London studios rather redundant. It'd probably take an offer from Cartoon Network Europe to get me to move there at the moment.
The Degree Show is now on at Bower Ashton from now until next Friday, 10-6 every day! Our films will be playing on loop the whole time, so you should be able to catch everyone's films about once an hour with the length of the reel as is.
You can also see all of our promotional posters as well as a selection of our preproduction work in the display rooms, and watch the films on-demand in the darkened computer room.
On Wednesday, the Degree Show Crowdfunder hit it's target of £2000, meaning that we're set to go ahead with our shows, both in uni, and at the Arnolfini.
You can come to Bower Ashton Campus, 10am-6pm, 6-11 June and check it all out, or come along to our exhibition on one of the upper floors of the Arnolfini on the 18 June 4-8pm. This'll be the first big outing of 'Grave Mistake', so if you want to check that out, then come along to one of those days!
One offer I am going to throw out there to anyone in the animation industry, if you're interested in seeing 'Grave Mistake', just shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll be able to provide a private link. It's time for me to throw myself open for hire for any studio to take me on wherever my skills might fit, so anyone with active links to industry, feel free to hit me up!
I'm moving house last week of June, so I'd prefer for any internship to start after that, just so I have all my shit together and am not freaking out about balancing moving and starting a new job in the same week. Just a head's up.
With my final hand-in today, I'm now no longer bound to any work that contributes to my overall grade for my Animation degree. The die is cast. Very weird feeling, but with internships opening for applications, I'm hoping I should be able to hop on board an exciting project and get myself going in the world of professional animation.
It's really quite surreal, knowing that from my graduation onwards, I'll be done with formal education. Quite scary, really.
Still, the future awaits. I should probably get on and make it count.