This is the second years I had take part in the creative futures week.

This year’s event lasting 4 days from 7th – 11th March 2011. The week, which has been organized by the Careers Center and lecturers starts in the William Aston Hall at 10am on Monday 7th March.

There are the events I’ve joined below:

DAY ONE 7th March

William Asoton Hall

1. Opening Address

2. KEY NOTE “Passions and Passport” by Barry Purves

Nick Whitehead

3. From commercials to feature films: life as a professional animator by Harriet Buckley

4. Show-reel, portfolio and CV: advice for finding work by Harriet Buckley

DAY TWO 8th March

Nick Whitehead

9. KEY NOTE: Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Paul Gravett

12. Working Class Hero. Middle Class W**ker. Graphic Designer. by Dave Barraclough

William Aston Hall

16.Tiny Elephants, Stop-motion Animation Company – Three Years On by Linda McCarthy

DAY THREE 9th March

Catrin Finch Aud. 1

25. Getting into Film and TV by Sue Jeffries (Skillset)

28. Producing a CV for the Creative Media Industries by Sue Jeffries (Skillset)

Nick Whitehead

30. Computer Games – Concept art and illustration in the entertainment industry by Lee Carter

33. 6 years out! (illustration and design) by Joe List

DAY FOUR 10th March

41. Artist, sculptor and film maker! by Huw Davies

44. Day – time design and free – time design by Neil Johnston

49. Post graduate study options by Peter Heard/ Karen Lennox/ Steve Keegan

Most of the events were good and useful,  especially the Producing a CV for the Creative Media Industries by Sue Jeffries (Skillset) really gave some useful examples for how to created a professional CV before enter the industry.

There I would like to talk about the speech given by Barry Purves which called KEY NOTE “Passions and Passport”. Because it was the best event I’ve take prat in for this year’s creative futures week.

Before the event I’ve done some backgound search:

Barry J.C. Purves is an English animator, director and writer of puppet animation and also a designer and director of stage plays, primarily for the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse in Manchester. Known as one of Britain’s most celebrated animators on account of his six short films , each of which has been nominated for numerous international awards which  including Academy Award and British Academy Film Awards nominations, he has also directed and animated for several television programs and over seventy advertisements, title sequences and animated insert sequences for feature films.His film credits include being head animator for Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! (before the decision was made to use computer animation in place of stop motion), previsualization animation director for Peter Jackson’s King Kong and being “casually involved,” simultaneous to this, with animation for the same director’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during the 2003 film’s post-production.

Purves has taught animation, made documentaries, written articles for magazines and books and his own book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance was released through Focal Press in 2007. He has held workhops about animation in several colleges in Europe and beyond as well as major North American studios such as Dreamworks, Pacific Data Images, Pixar and Will Vinton Studios (now Laika Entertainment House). Around 1996 he made plans to shoot a full-length film of Noye’s Fludde, Benjamin Britten’s opera version of a mystery play about the Deluge;one of his strangest credits was co-presenting, in Mandarin, the live final of the Chinese talent search show Super Girl in 2006.

Useful link: http://www.barrypurves.com/Barry/index.html

During his speech there was a word which was mentioned many times, it was “passion”. That is true, because there is nothing that can be successful without passion. To been successful you need to be professional and patient, which means you need to do a lot of research, training and practice, etc. Especially failure, you can’t go through that without passion. Therefore, passion is a necessary skill for animators.

 There was an another tip Barry Purves gave from his speech which is

 “It’s important to pay attention to people’s body language, the body language can always show the real emotion for people.”

 I totally agree with this! In my opinion, body language is the natural emotions show for humans. People can hide their real emotions with their facial expressions but it is always reveals from their body language. For me the best animation should be no dialog, it doesn’t mean silent but only music and sound effects during the film. Because if the character’s emotion is shown with dialogs this means you may loose many audiences because there are a lot of languages in the world, not everybody can understand the same language, but  without dialog an audience can only read character’s emotion from their body language or facial expression which means the work should be much powerful and understandable.

 For practicing your body language, Barry Purves also gave some tips, for example, go to a theatre and watch some musicals or vaudeville. Also, life drawing is the best way to train you body language presentation skills.  People watching could be the first lesson for any animator.

To sum up,I was enjoy this year’s creative futures and feel it was worthwhile. Hopefully there could be more useful speech like “KEY NOTE ‘Passions and Passport’ by Barry Purves in next year.

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