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.

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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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