Just as my new film The Blood of the Bear comes kicking and screaming into the world, I am reminded of the jealous first-born; my degree film Forget Me Not. It may be older now and not as cute as it used to be but it's nice to let it out of the house once in a while. This afternoon Forget Me Not was lucky enough to be screened at the BFI (the BFG of institutes) as part of the BFI Future Film Festival. It was the first time I've attended this wonderfully positive and motivating event and I couldn't be more happy to head down, watch some great student animations and listen to interesting Industry People give useful advice on how to ensure that you are part of this 'Future' that is so widely desired.
I found this session -a Q&A with animators all from varied viewpoints- no less than invigorating and have found myself thinking that maybe everything's going to be allll-right. Maybe I could make another film or something!
So thanks, Gary Thomas, and animators Alan Warburton, Jo Lawrence and Fred Deakin for some industrial insight and a bit of optimism for today's recession freelancer.
And for once, here's the breaded face of the flower seller from Forget Me Not, may he remain unforgotten.