This year’s Adventures in Motion festival, which kicked off on Wednesday, celebrates 15 years of onedotzero being at the forefront of cutting edge innovation in digital design, motion graphics, animation and short filmmaking. Aptly, New British Talent was ARTS THREAD’s first taster of the festival this week, which runs until Sunday.
The screening of 17 short films from Britain’s best recent graduates and studio upstarts offers a real mix of genres and subject matter, from abstract, 2D and typographic animation, to narrative live action. Here, we share some of our highlights.
A stand-out for us was Steven Spencer’s richly animated biographic story of the troubled life of George Best.
We also loved the simple line-drawn tale of a stubborn goat and his milk maid owner, by Newport University graduate Ben Cady, which got plenty of laughs from the audience.
Elliot Dear’s ‘Bubble’ was a heartwarming mixed-media music promo, created using intricate miniature sets and some beautiful metamorphic animation.
The deeply ironic ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’ by This is It Collective has already done the social network rounds, but never fails to raise a reaction. Using puppetry, stop motion, and a very catchy theme tune, the film tackles the idea of ‘being creative’.
Kibwe Tavares’ ‘Robots of Brixton’, created before this years’ riots, offers up a poignant tale of robot youths existing in a complexly designed urban environment.
Adventures in Motion closes tomorrow, Sunday 27th November, before touring another 60 cities worldwide. Have a look at the Onedotzero website for more information. To book tickets for remaining screenings, head over to the BFI Southbank website.
Watch this space for more highlights from the Festival.