Review STOKE YOUR FIRES Moving Image Festival

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On Wednesday 2 March we had a one day trip for ANIMATION, FILM & DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE.

There is the plan for that day :

10.30AM Screening of Award Winners

The winning films from this year’s Stoke Your Fires competition:

  • Professional Animation: Save Our Bacon, UK
  • Short Film (Drama): Intercambio, Italy
  • Student Animation: On the Water, The Netherlands
  • Student Film: Entropy, UK
  • Short Animation: Cul de Bouteille, France
  • Short Film (Documentary): Petrzalkar Identity, Slovakia
  • Fine Art/Experimental Animation: Birdboy, Spain
  • Made in Midlands’: Run, UK

12.45PM Eclectica 1-Film

A selection of screenings from this year’s short-listed films:

  • Goodbye, Doll, Spain
  • Khorosho, Spain

1.30PM Skillset Panel

3.30PM Double Negative – Gruff Owen

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Most information were interesting and useful. But, there is a short animation catch my attention which called Cul de Bouteille, France.

La nouvelle, terrible, est tombée : profondément myope, Arnaud doit porter des lunettes. Et pas n’importe quelles lunettes : une monture grossière qui lui décolle les oreilles et lui pince le nez, des verres si épais que ses yeux ne semblent plus que deux petits points noirs. Ces affreux binocles, Arnaud ne les aime pas et il préfère de loin le monde flou et protéiforme de sa myopie, un monde peuplé de monstres, licornes et autres chimères qui apparaissent au gré de sa fertile imagination.

Synopsis: Some bad news has just arrived: profoundly nearsighted, Arnaud has to wear glasses. And not any ordinary glasses: an unrefined frame which unsticks his ears and pinches his nose, glasses so thick that his eyes seem no more than two little black spots. These hideous lorgnettes, Arnaud does not like them and he prefers by far the vague and protean world of his nearsightedness, a world populated with monsters, unicorns and the other fancies which appear according to his fertile imagination.

恐怖的消息传来:重度近视,阿诺必须得戴眼镜了。不是普通的眼镜,而是要勾住耳朵、紧紧夹住鼻梁的一副超大的镜架,而他的眼睛在厚厚的镜片后面只剩下两个 小黑点儿。阿诺讨厌这对厚瓶底儿,他更喜欢那个模模糊糊的世界,他的小脑袋想象出来的妖怪、独角兽和其他怪兽都在这个世界里栩栩如生起来。

During this film we can saw a little boy’s world. All image things would become alive when he take off his glasses. Obviously, his parents doesn’t like it. They give him the glasses which seems take away his imagination. It makes me think about my childhood when I was a little girl I can always found something interesting around me, I was the shadow like an monster, I found the grain on the tree like it’s eyes, etc. I feel lucky because my parents didn’t took those imagination from me, they would like to listen those crazy image story from me and encourage me write done or draw them like a pictures. I think that could be a reason why I like animation and want to be an animator in the future.


There are some pictures took from the Festival:


Review for trips to Vancouver, Canada

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From 17th to 28th Apri I had a trip to Vancouver, Canada to visit my aunty and her family.

Vancouver is a very beautiful city which have big green stands of vegetation but small

populations. During this trip I got a chance to visit

  •  Emily Carr university of art+design
  • Vancouver Art gallery
  • some art works from an Greece artist

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 Emily Carr university of art+design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a full member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Established in 1925, and based in Vancouver, BC, Emily Carr University of Art + Design one of Canada’s premier, post-secondary universities specializing in undergraduate and graduate art and design education and research.

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Emily Carr university located in Granville Island, after this one day trip and talk with some students who study here, I got some personal feeling for this university. On my opinion, Emily Carr pay more attention on the CG area most of their work are based on CG technology. During the conversation, I found that they would like to doing  more 3D works also some fantastic after effects, they doing well in this stage. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like use those CG technology, nowadays, CG technology become more and more important in the design area, but I still think to be an animator or designer, the first skill you need to have should be drawing skill. Use simple pen and paper you can just easily translate the imagination in you mind to be some real pictures which can help designer catch their idea in the first place.  Anyway,  this just some of my personal feeling about it, Emily Carr university still have a very good high education and  great skills  which worth me to learn in the future study. If some of you have a chance to visit Vancouver don’t forget coming to visit the Emily Carr university, all their teachers are kind, also talk with their students could be a very good experience to open you mind to see others works, hear different ideas could be a pretty good way to inspire you ideas.

This one is their animation studio below:

University outside look:


Vancouver Art gallery

Despite visited Emily Carr university,  I had a one day trip for Vancouver Art gallery as well.

The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Canada. It is located at 750 Hornby Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. Its permanent collection of about 10,000 artworks includes more than 200 major works by Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, and illustrations by Marc Chagall.

The VAG was founded in 1931 and had its first home at 1145 West Georgia Street. In 1983 it moved to the Hornby Street location, the former provincial courthouse. It was renovated at a cost of $20 million by architect Arthur Erickson, which completed his modern three city-block Robson Square complex. via an underground passage below Robson Street to an outdoor plaza, restaurants, the University of British Columbia’s downtown satellite campus, government offices, and the new law courts at the southern end.

The VAG has 41,400 square feet (3,850 m2) of exhibition space and about 10,000 works in its collection, most notably its Emily Carr collection. It has also amassed a significant collection of photographs. In addition to exhibitions of its own collection, the VAG regularly hosts touring exhibitions. The VAG regularly sponsors or hosts a number of public programmes and lectures.

In March 2007 the 2010 Olympic countdown clock was placed in the front lawn of the VAG. It was open for free for the public to see. The clock has since been disassembled, with one half going to BC Place and the other to Whistler Village.

On that day I saw three current exhibitions on show:

  • from the collection

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For me, WALKING + FALLING JIM CAMPBELL, CHRIS MARKER AND EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE which really gave me a unforgettable experience.

From that I saw a lot different walks, also the artist use many different ways to record the walks. The most interesting one was the Jim Campbell
Exploded View (Running Falling), 2010. On that work his use 1152 LED s, wire and steel to create a 3D model to show walk people walk cycle on different vials.

Because the gallery not allow take photos inside, I couldn’t post their art works on my blog. I will try my best to find more information and useful links to show those wonderful artworks.

Vancouver Gas-town Steam Clock:


Vancouver street view:

To sum up, if the National Gallery is the heave for classical art, then the Vancouver Art Gallery could be a garden for modern abstract art. It probably because Canada’s culture history. Canada do not have a long history like UK or China. Base on this culture background, we can see most of  city  buildings are succinct style modern architecture. I think it’s good for me to see those different styles art works also their city architectures, again if your eyes view are so narrow it would give any help for you creativity.

Because my uncle is an artist whose specialize in oil painting. After saw some art works from him and his friends, he told me something about art and design on his understanding, we had a long conversation and I really got some useful suggestions from him for my work and future study.

For me, this Canada trip gave me a lot of memorable experience, I found traveling could be a very important skill not just  for artist and designer, even anybody on create industry. Hope I can have more chance to visit different place in the future.

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Bilingual Animation WORKSHOPS

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I was joined an animation workshop being run with Deiniol Morris, GOGS animator at Plas Pentwyn, Coedpoeth on Monday 25th October 1.30 – 4.30.

During this course, I have got a the understanding of stop-motion animation development deeply.

Deiniol Morris who is the films producer for the farmers animation Gogs.

Gogs! is a claymation-style animated television series which takes the form of a sitcom, originally aired on Welsh television in 1993, and aired to the rest of the United Kingdom on the BBC in 1996. Gogs has since been aired internationally, and still enjoys re-runs on occasion.

Gogs revo

lves around a family clan of dumb, primitive and socially inept cavemen in a fantasy prehistoric Stone Age setting, and contained various toilet humour-based gags and gross out situations. It also featured their often comedic daily struggle for survival, and attempts to advance their technology and society, and often failing miserably.

The show was

more oriented towards an adult audience than other claymation television series such as The Trap Door or Wallace and Gromit, which were more child-friendly than Gogs. Although often called a children’s television program, Gogs tended to be shown after the watershed, and so was often referred to as “claymation for the post-pub generation”. Later VHS and DVD releases carried a parental guidance rating.

The original series contained only five episodes each of around five to six minutes lo

ng. After winning numerous awards a second series was commissioned with episodes running at a similar length, bringing the total number of episodes of the two series to thirteen in number. In 19

98 the last installment of Gogs, a 30-minute-long special, Gogwana, was aired, which was also critically well received and won numerous awards.

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Award nominee


  • Anima Mundi Animation Festival(Audience Award) Best Film – São Paulo
  • (1991)


  • 英国电影学院奖, Wales(BAFTA Cymru Award) Best Animation (Yr Animeiddio Gorau)
  • Gogs
  • (1994)


  • 英国电影学院奖, Wales(BAFTA Cymru Award) Best Animation (Yr Animeiddio Gorau)
  • Gogs
  • (1994)


  • 英国电影学院奖, Wales(BAFTA Cymru Award) Best Animation (Yr Animeiddio Gorau)
  • Gogs
  • (1994)


  • 英国电影学院奖, Wales(BAFTA Cymru Award) Best Animation (Yr Animeiddio Gorau)
  • Gogs
  • (1994)

During this afternoon sessions me and Belle made a short stop-motion film together by used the software which called ICanAnimate.

Bilingual Animation WORKSHOPS



I think this workshop is interesting and it gives some experience for doing the stop – motion.

It’s fun!Hopefully  I can do another stop – motion film in the future.


Gone with the wind

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There was land of Cavaliers and
Cotton Fields called the Old South?
Here in this patrician world the
Age of Chivalry took its last bow?
Here was the last ever to be seen
of knights and their Ladies Fair,
of Master and of Slave?
Look for it only in books,for it
is no more than a dream remembered,
a Civilization gone with the wind……

                                                 ———–《GONE WITH THE WIND》