Sauce – Curated By Animade – Talks About Animation & Digital

June 21, 2016
by Tim Rabjohns

What a night! I was lucky enough to get a ticket for Sauce – a set of talks set up by Animade featuring six vibrant and talented studios and collectives.  I spoke to Tom Judd and James Chambers the co founders of Animade about what inspired them to put on a set of talks with what could be seen as their competitors… Tom explained
“you could see it that way or you could see it as giving a platform to potential collaborators – the unofficial theme of this evening is collaboration and we’ve asked each of the speakers to explain how they collaborate with each other and external suppliers.  This area of animation and coding is an amazingly vibrant space and we are sure there is room for everyone…”

As for the speakers – it’s very difficult to summarise all the amazing examples and anecdotes that they showed and told, however I shall attempt to give you my highly subjective view on what happened…. Also apologies for not taking pics of all the speakers – there was an incident involving a spilt can of beer that interrupted service for a while 🙂

First up DVTK – a French team comprising of David Broner (3D animation) and Kim Boutin (web coding) who met in Paris and decided to move to London to further their career.  They had a very cool presentation featuring an inventive use of emojis to tell their story and show how they collaborate.  Amongst other things they showed us their work for fashion brand Kenzo.

Second up a talented animation duo from Spain – Daniela Negrin and Iria Lopez known as the Wednesday Collective.  They showed examples of their graphic and colourful animations and explained their process.

Wednesday Collective for dotmogoExplaining that it’s all about the communication..

Thirdly we heard from another duo – The Workers  – a Scot – Ross Cairns and Italian Tommaso Lanza
Tommasso gave us a whistle stop tour through some of their super imaginative projects.  According to them they design for interactive, installations, web, real-time, experiences, events, 3D, robots and VR – which is a pretty wide remit!  The projects are difficult to describe, but have descriptions like “kaleidoscopic mirror tunnel control and WebGL visualisation” and their big hit – the “web-controlled nocturnal robots roaming Tate Britain”.  It’s bonkers but brilliant have a look at the video above and go and check their site!

After a quick break we were back with the BAFTA Nominated Moth Collective – Daniel Chester, Dave Prosser and the impossibly named Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits!  A lot of sensitively hand drawn animation and a very funny spot that involves sacrificing fruit in a blender…

Moth Collective for dotmogo

Fifth in line, and, for me, the most memorable talk of the evening – the natural comedy duo of Ben West and Simon Sweeney, aka Bong.

Although not the most slick, these guys had a very funny and searingly honest style – explaining how they are always tying to subvert the classic portfolio site with whatever latest technique becomes available.  They live in different cities and spend their whole day on Skype with each other and said they couldn’t believe how they got paid money for something they learned 20 mins ago on the internet…

This boredom and an obsession with  Brian Cox makes them incredibly creative – just looking at their homepage forces you to re-consider traditional web navigation and shows the sense of fun that they bring to everything
Bong International for dotmogo

Finally but not least was another BAFTA nominated studio – The Line – Sam Taylor & Bjorn-Erik Aschim
represented by Electric Theatre Collective.  They shot to fame around the world when they uploaded Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage Game inspired by Leonardo Dicaprio’s apparent difficulty in bagging a golden statue in previous years.  They released it just before the last Oscars and it went viral and got lots of press globally.  They also talked us through the genesis of  Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit – a comic written by one of their directors when he was 11, and then developed into the title sequence for an imaginary show.

I came away stuffed to the brim with a creative willingness – that sense that it’s good to create things even if there is no immediate commercial gain.  Also, a feeling that this intersection of animation and digital creativity is an incredibly exciting place to be right now.  I can’t wait for the next one, in the mean time I have put in a lot of links that you can follow.

Tom Judd and his hat with remote controlled eyebrows – and why not?

animade for dotmogo

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