Monday, 11 February 2019

2011 'cutbacks' on BBC!

Thanks to Brook Lapping researcher Declan Smith, for spotting my ancient Sarkozy-Merkel series of animations from my 'cutbacks' internet series of 2011. Our cutbacks animation appeared in Episode Two (of 3) of Brook Lappings 'Europe: 10 years of turmoil' series for BBC. 

Another prophetic gem from the time was this one, posted on December 9th 2011...

Sarkozy warns that the UK will be a pariah. Sometimes, money is not enough.

'cutbacks' was an animated internet series which I developed from 2008 until 2014. Its main concentration was on Irish politics of the day, an eclectic subject which meant that the series always struggled to grow subscriber and viewer numbers.

'cutbacks' was intended to act as a vehicle for developing IP (Intellectual Property) for tv, but broadcasters and funders in Ireland (RTE, TV3 (at the time) and The Irish Film Board) were never interested. We packaged the material in many different ways, but to no avail.

I did manage to develop several short films using the 'cutbacks' characters, including the award winning 'Mister Heaney, a wee portrait' and 'Leitronium'.

Will I ever be tempted back to developing an internet series? Certainly, but in the full knowledge that the choice of material is crucial and also understanding that even the simplest internet series is a neverending commitment.

There are no holidays on the internet!

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

ICMs - Sumy, Bath Spa and Yerevan

International Credit Mobility (ICM) between Sumy State University (SSU) and IADT. Student cabinet system - 13th October 2018 to 20th October 2018

A student cabinet is a place in which to keep students? Not quite... Student Cabinet refers rather to a paperless feedback and information system for students, a possible single point of entry for each individual student to the ICT systems they need in order to successfully pursue their studies.

Sumy State University have developed such a system, as a result of recommendations made during our June 2016 Tempus ALIGN project peer review of SSU's 'Computational Mechanics' study programme.

The concept behind our new ICM (International Credit Mobility) project is to allow SSU staff and students to present their university cabinet system, so that IADT staff can peer review the cabinet, using IADT lenses.

for more information...


Destin – 31st October 2018 planning meet in Bath Spa University with Paul Hyland, Rachael Mc Donald and Konstantin Kyrychenko

main tv studio - Bath Spa University

Rachael and Paul planning - October 31st 2018


International Credit Mobility (ICM) between IADT and SAFAA (State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia) and YSITC (Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography). 10th November 2018 to 17th November 2018. This was a planning visit to start our ICM project. Over the next two years, through trainings, site visits and job-shadowing, we hope to enhance SAFAA and YSITC professional development and possibly to design a capacity building toolkit for small Art, Design and Media Academies and Institutions.

Thanks especially to Mane, Lucy and Mika for their enormous hospitality and engagement during the planning visit.

geghard - cultural activities

YSITC - stopmotion setup

YSITC - student theatre stage

sevan - cultural activities

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Mister Heaney in Galway, Again! Film Fleadh Retrospective Screening Wednesday July 11th 2018 13.00 to 16.00

Thanks to Eibh Collins for including 'Mister Heaney, a wee Portrait' in the first of the Fleadh's 30th anniversary screenings! 'Mister Heaney' won Best Animation in the Fleadh in 2010 and is still fondly remembered by all!

Mister Heaney on the Beach - Sherkin Island, Co. Cork

'Mister Heaney, a wee Portrait' win Best Animation in Galway 2010 - Steve Woods, BoS, DQ and Paul Young

Short Film Retrospective : Programme One
Wed 11 July / Black Gate Cultural Centre / 1pm - 6pm

Short Film Retrospective, 30 Years of Winning. To celebrate our 30th anniversary and three decades of exhibiting shorts, we are delighted to be screening some of our festivals award winning short films. Daily programmes of the Fleadh’s winning films from 1989 to 2017, will be screening in the Black Gate Cultural Centre Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th.from 1pm – 6pm So, join us in the Black Gate, grab a drink or some nibbles and catch some films! This screening is free and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each programme will be a mix of genre, medium, production year and rating.

see 'Mister Heaney, a wee portrait' (2010) on Youtube... (Winner of Best Short Animation, Galway Film Fleadh 2010) 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


Thanks to MSPU's Rustem Gibadulin (Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies), Alexey Mikhalsky and to Olga Antropova for their kind invitation to present at their Skype seminar last Thursday morning (31st May 2018). I did 30 minutes on 'Quality Assurance in Irish Higher Education'. I look forward to working with our MSPU colleagues in the near future on partnership initiatives. Thanks to all!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

DAAD TCA - Transnational Cooperation Activity - Bonn 16th and 17th May 2018

Grateful thanks to Klaus Birk and Beate Koerner's excellent DAAD team for their invitation to attend the Transnational Cooperation Activity 'Dissemination, Sustainability and Impact in Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships'. Over 30 National Agencies represented, including our very own HEA. I participated in two Day One Fishbowl sessions with Maggy Ovaa and Francesco Girotti, moderated by Valeria Biggi - very interesting format.

Some central learning through the two days - start every project application with 'impact' - what do you want to achieve? Dissemination also must start with the greenlight of any project, and must keep going all through your project, not happen at the end with the publication of reports etc. Great idea to develop a dissemination plan before you start, and a communications plan - make certain that all partners agree to communicate through the same platforms or channels. On sustainability - the Commission seems very keen that open access, online courses (including non formal courses) should be included as the outputs of more partnership projects - persistent digital resources adding to the knowledge base and CPD for years to come.

Some great tools demonstrated too, including two Impact assessment tools.

Great ideas! Well done and thanks to all!

opening address - DAAD's Klaus Birk

Maggy and the team test the Impact+ tool

Impact+ tool in action

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Paku San passes away!

Studio Ghibli's Isao Takahata has died at the age of 82.

image from 'kingdom of dreams and madness' film 2013 - Takahata, Suzuki and Miyazaki in Ghibli's rooftop garden

Various February and March 2018 Awards!

On the evening of Tuesday 20th March, the RTS (Royal Television Society) RoI student Awards ceremony was held in RTE. Delighted to say that IADT graduates Aoife Moiselle and Tara Woods won the Student Animation category with their film 'Consent'. The Award presented by Cartoon Saloon's Paul Young!

Paul Young ( CEO Cartoon Saloon ) presented the Animation Award to Aoife Moiselle (IADT)
(image from RTE)

Then, on Wednesday 21st of March, the inaugural national DELTA Awards ceremony took place in Dublin's Mansion House.

The DELTA Awards (Disciplinary Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment) was hosted by the National Forum to celebrate discipline groups within institutions who demonstrate sustained achievements in teaching and learning enhancement.  The DELTA Awards form an integral part of the overall National Learning Impact Awards designed to enhance, showcase and strengthen teaching excellence in higher education by recognising the value of teaching at a national level.  The National Forum was delighted to have Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., Minister of Higher Education will attend and present the Awards.

Taking place in the Mansion House, Dublin 2 the DELTA Awards were an evening of celebration for our finalists, who are all leading the way with successful and ambitious approaches to change in teaching and learning within their disciplines.

Very proud to say that IADT's 'Critical Thinking and Creative Practice' project won one of the awards! Our project was led by Sherra Murphy and Elaine Sisson, with Fiona Snow, Clyde Doyle and myself as the project team, though the project represented our entire Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies. Thanks also to IADT's President Annie Doona and to Therese Moylan (Chair of IADT's Teaching and Learning Committee) for supporting us on the night! A celebration of success and good things in Teaching and Learning!

Pictured: Andrew Forde USI, Clyde Doyle, Fiona Snow, Elaine Sisson, Sherra Murphy, David Quin, Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies. Prof Sarah Moore
(image DELTA)