Check out this recent compilation spanning 15 years of Newport animated excellence!! A real celebration of our achievements – great films, great graduates!

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Animated Exeter…..

Fun day in Exeter – thanks to Susannah Shaw for her tireless devotion to this great festival…


Students attending talks by Double Negative and  Mind Candy.


SHOW ME THE ANIMATION!  Also really interesting to hear about new initiative from Bristol based Helen Brunsden and Vicky Brophy -

IMG_1739I bumped into a few grads …Jordan Brooks and Lauren Orme. Lauren was waiting in nervous anticipation to find out whether her film has won best of the Grads! programme.

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Newport success at Ffresh Festival

Amidst another Newport clean up for the Ffresh Festival (best doc, best fiction, best of festival) is best animation for Barnaby Dixon’s Powerful Turf, and Audience award for Lauren Orme’s thought provoking You Got Beautiful. Both can be seen in the 2012 graduate section of this site.  This is a busy time for Lauren – I met her yesterday at the Animated Exeter festival, where her film is screening in the Grads programme – Everything will be crossed this evening when they announce the awards!!!

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…And the Winner is….

….Lucas Pelegrinetigrynszpan….

Lucas is a Brazilian student who has joined us for the second year on an exchange project. We thought his illustration was wonderfully quirky and original, with buckets of brazilian charm!

We shall be sending the card round to all our industry friends shortly. Fantastic work, Lucas!


To see the other entries, click on the Xmas 2012 menu..

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Animatechapman – Exciting Competition

Adobe is sponsoring an Animation Competition with Monty Python for students across Europe that we’ve extended the deadline until 1 January 2013. I am working with the producer for the  latest Monty Python film due out 24th  Jan 2013 – ‘Animate Chapman – A Liars Autobiography’

Attached is a letter from the Producer Justin Weyers and and steps for submission for the competition.

Animate Chapman –

How to Submit before 1 January 2013?

1) Register and Download the audio clip that you prefer from

You only need to animate at least 10 seconds of one clip for submission.

2) Be as creative as you like, think about your technique, colour, concept.

Maybe editing the audio will help your interpretation come to life (remember 10 seconds minimum of any clip or mix of clips is required)

3) Composition sizes – Minimum SD (720 X 486) or maximium HD (1920 X 1080)

4) After all your hours of creation, render it out and upload to your personal video channel. (e.g Youtube, Vimeo)

5) Go to the official Facebook page of “A Liar’s Autobiography” and click on the ‘Animate Chapman” tab and choose to Submit your video.

6) Fill in all the information required and confirm you have read the terms and conditions and copy and paste in the URL link to your wonderful animation.

7) Now go and tell all your friends to like the page and vote for you.

From the 10 chosen winners one will be selected based on ‘audience votes’

8) Final submissions will be the 1st of January 2013 and the winners will be announced shortly after.

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Graduate Cai Matthews demonstrates that there is an alternative to the conventional  career paths of games, vfx or conventional animation studios. Following graduation in 2009,  Cai worked for moving image organisation Onedotzero ( After an initial internship, he worked on a variety of state of the art projects, most of which can be viewed on his site His recent work can be seen here : Energy Flow  Really interesting stuff!

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Check out our superb new MA/MFA reel!

Hot off the presses –

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2012 films ready to view!!

We are pleased to announce that the latest crop of Newport films are now ready to view – check them out in the ‘our films’ section. They are for private screening only though, so please contact me for the password. ENJOY!!

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Creative Skillset showcase and Studio visits, july 2012


This year has been rounded off with a 2 day visit to Soho. It started off with the best ever Creative Skillset Showcase at the Vinyl Factory in Poland Street, featuring round table discussions and speed networking sessions with industry talent scouts. The students put on a fantastic show of their work which was really positively received, with a few students receiving interviews off the back of it. The next day, we visited major Vfx studios Framestore CFC and Double Negative who both gave fascinating talks. A great networking exercise.

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Goodbye James!!

After 8 years at Newport, James Manning will be going down under to take up an exciting post in Auckland, New Zealand. Newport has a lot to thank James for,  not least the setting up of this blog, which I will now be taking over!!

We mainly, however, have James to thank for the Computer Games Design Course,  as well as setting up our advanced MAYA and other digital facilities.  More generally, his rigour, and the attention to detail that was present in everything he did, helped to establish professional standards in the student work, as well rationalise our curriculum and its delivery. We wish him the very best of luck in all of his future endeavours, and it will certainly be hard to find anyone to fill his boots. Goodbye and good luck James!

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