Start as we mean to go on…

We are massively proud of the work our talented students produce here at Newport and it seems it is not just ourselves who appreciate the products of their labour. We can think of no better way to celebrate the launch of our new blog site devoted to showcasing our students’ work than to celebrate how others choose to celebrate our talent.

The animation festival circuit is of vital importance – for us, the very heart of the animation industry as a whole. Not only is it a great way to showcase new talent, but also—and perhaps even more importantly in this age of “social media”—as a way to get to meet people, face to face, in person. Without developing “networking skills”, many of our would-be-directors-of-tomorrow may well never get their work seen by those that really matter, the industry.

So it is somewhat overwhelming to discover that not one, not two, but THREE of our multi-award-winning graduate films (plus one additional film made by a graduate after he graduated!) have been so highly honoured as to be included in Acme Filmworks’ The Animation Show of Shows!

Since 1998, The Animation Show of Shows has selected the best in animated short films from the world’s most renowned animation festivals and presented them at the major animation studios to inspire their animators and directors. Now for the first time ever, the films featured in The Animation Show of Shows are available in this special DVD collection along with some of the most memorable animated short films of all time.

Here is a list of the relevant films as they appear in each volume:

Volume 2:

ASTRONAUTS
by Matthew Walker
* Best Graduation Film, Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Volume 24:

t.o.m.
by Dan Gray and Tom Brown
* Best Graduation Film, Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Volume 27:

KEITH REYNOLDS CAN’T MAKE IT TONIGHT
by Felix Massie
* Best Student Short, Anima Film Festival

Volume 34:

JOHN AND KAREN
by Matthew Walker
* Best Television Animation for Adults, Ottawa International Animation Film Festival

What those-that-matter have to say about these DVDs:

“Unfettered invention, heart, and ingenuity – these are the films that remind me why I love animation.”
– Chris Wedge, Director, Ice Age

“Here we have art and fun mixed together in the best possible way.”
– Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

“Animated Shorts are where animators can really push the limits of what animation can do! They can experiment with new techniques and methods of storytelling. These DVDs bring together some of the best shorts produced by some of the best filmmakers working today, doing things that can only be done in this amazing medium.”
– Pete Doctor, Director of Monster’s Inc.

“A rare opportunity to experience the unique and pure vision of these filmakers through both their story telling abilities and artistic imaginings.”
– Jill Culton, Director of Open Season

“These cartoons are the best in contemporary animation: quick, beautiful, funny, and surprising. Watch these inspiring shorts and you’ll get the itch to make your own!.”
– Matt Groening, Creator of The Simpsons

“A terrific collection – each a small animated portrait of the filmmaker’s wonderful wit or heart or wild imagination or all three!”
– Bob Peterson, Co-Director of Up!

We are so proud of you students – well done! Here’s some additional press and trailers for the first 3 box sets:

Check out the AWN Store for more details and full listings.

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