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How to Make Friends and Animate People: The Art of Crowdfunding

  • How to Make Friends and Animate People: The Art of Crowdfunding
  • How to Make Friends and Animate People: The Art of Crowdfunding
  • How to Make Friends and Animate People: The Art of Crowdfunding
  • How to Make Friends and Animate People: The Art of Crowdfunding
  • How to Make Friends and Animate People: The Art of Crowdfunding
  • How to Make Friends and Animate People: The Art of Crowdfunding



Getting animation made has always been a tricky business but in recent years crowd funding has proved a steady replacement for the ever dwindling paid platforms that animators in the past may have sought. However, whilst the notion of making a quick few quid and the freedom of making a short without the restrictions of traditional formats is tempting, crowd funding is not without its setbacks and one thing you must have is the ability to run a campaign that appeals the sensibilities (and wallets) of backers.

We’re joined by three guests who have ran successful campaigns, from an old television favourite making his way onto the web in the shape of Morph to the already established superstar of internet animation Simon’s Cat, sharing the panel alongside these is Tall Tales, an independent success story from the heart of Manchester and the inquisitive minds of charming tots!

This panel is a must for anyone interested in the pros and cons of crowd funding and anyone interested in a behind the scenes look at these magnificent projects.

Panel Guests

Emma Burch

Emma is a focused and creative Animation Producer with over 15 years experience in the animation industry, working on a variety of commercials, idents and short films.
She specialises in a range of disciplines from Animation & Film Production, Story Development, Film Festival Strategy, Distribution, Social Media and Crowd Funding.

Merlin Crossingham

Merlin is the Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animations he also directed and voiced the re-launch series of Aardman’s oldest stop-motion character, Morph.
Originally joining Aardman as an animator in 1996 after completing a degree in Film and Photography at the Newport Film School.
Initially working on commercials before working as Key Animator on the feature film Chicken Run, and Second Unit Director on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were Rabbit. Merlin then co-directed the Creature Comforts USA series for CBS, for which he gained an Emmy nomination.

Jon Turner

Jon was raised in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and after earning a degree in Classical Civilization, studied animation at Bournemouth NCCA.
He co-founded the animation studio Kilogramme in 2005, having previously worked for five years at Cosgrove Hall films.
In the past he has provided work for CBBC, Cbeebies, CITV, Kaspersky Lab, the V&A, TBWA and McCann Erickson, while writing and directing his own shorts in his spare time.
Tall Tales part 3 is part of a series began in 2012, to tackle a backlog of short story ideas he had built up.

Date & Time: Wed, 18 Nov - 12:00
Approx. Runtime: 75 mins
Venue: Cinema 1
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