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Iconic Filmmaker Delivers Guest Lecture to UCA Animators

January 24, 2014

CANTERBURY, England , Jan. 24 -- The University for the Creative Arts issued the following news: American-Canadian animator Caroline Leaf , who was Oscar nominated in 1977 for her short film The Street, delivered the talk and workshop covering her career and work to students studying BA (Hons) Animation at UCA Farnham. "It was an amazing experience to see Caroline Leaf , the evolution and diversity of her work was unique and thought provoking. I am so inspired and have immensely enjoyed seeing her," said student Shelley Nicholls Caroline began her animation career in 1968 whilst studying at Harvard , producing the short film Sand or Peter and the Wolf by putting sand on a light box and manipulating it frame by frame. The evolution of animation since then has meant that the skills required to be an animator have to now be taught differently, says Caroline, who now lives in London . "When I started out I was taught animation as an art form of self-expression. Filmmaking was another medium, like dance or creative writing, to say something personal. Today schools are trying to do two things - enlarge the students' capacities for self-expression, and give training that can be useful for finding a job. Ideally a student finds a compelling style and something to say that connects with an audience, and this becomes the job that also makes money," she said. Caroline, who says she's 'not very interested' in the feature length commercial films produced by the large American and Japanese studios, thinks there's still a place for tradition, artistic animation, in a world dominated by CGI. "Computer generated animation has been the main source of animation for about 20 years and there is still a steady small appetite for traditional animation, both from animators and audiences. "It has become harder for an audience to see art animation because the funding for production has dried up. It's on the internet. What is lost is a way of thinking, where the animator plans a move before executing it. Now animation is made with less pre-thinking and more tweaking." Following the workshop, the students expressed delight at having such a legendary figure in to address them. "She was very inspirational," said third year student Bao Duong , "she showed her experience step by step which made me believe she enjoyed what she did. "It made me feel like she didn't begin believing she was the best but because she enjoyed it and that made her work even more amazing and interesting to watch and relate with." Lesley Adams , course leader for BA (Hons) Animation at UCA Farnham, praised her students enthusiasm and thanked Caroline for 'a great day all round.' " Caroline Leaf is such an iconic figure within animation and we were really privileged to hear her talk so honestly and openly about her work. Once again I was really impressed with the high turnout of our students. I'm glad they appreciate these opportunities," said Lesley. The animation course at Farnham is no stranger to Oscar nominees and winners, with alumni Daniel Greaves (1992), Michael Dudok de Wit (2000), Suzie Templeton (2008) all having previously won an academy award. TNS 24KuanRap-140125 30FurigayJof-4614183 30FurigayJof

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