Liverpool Animation Students
Tony Collingwood produced his debut film RARG in 1988 and has gone on to adapt and direct numerous animated television series and specials for children. His credit list includes the specials The King’s Beard, Eddy & the Bear and Dr Suess’ Daisy Head-Mayzie, and high profile series including The Beano’s Dennis & Gnasher, Oscar’s Orchestra, Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!, The Secret Show and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Other series include Captain Zed & the Zee Zone, Gordon the Garden Gnome and Harry & His Bucket full of Dinosaurs.
Tony has won 6 BAFTAs across the writing and direction categories, winning Best Pre-School BAFTAs for Animal Stories, Eddy & the Bear and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! The Secret Show won two further BAFTAs in 2007 for Best Animation and Interactive. He was also awarded The Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Writing.
Jonathan Hodgson is an internationally renowned, BAFTA winning animation director based in London. He was born in Oxford and studied animation at Liverpool Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. In 2011 he directed the animation for Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex, the first full length animated documentary on British TV.
After leaving the RCA in 1985, he went on to be a director at various animation studios before co-founding Sherbet in 1996. At Sherbet he directed numerous high profile advertising campaigns and collaborated with legendary illustrator Maurice Sendak.
His short films have won numerous awards including a BAFTA in 2000 for The Man with the
Beautiful Eyes and a BAFTA nomination in 2002 for Camouflage.
Jonathan’s work is featured on numerous books and DVD compilations. He has lectured extensively including the Royal College of Art, University of the Creative Arts Farnham and Film Akademie Barden Wurtemburg, Germany. In 2008 he became the programme leader for the new BA in Animation at Middlesex University.
He continues to combine teaching with animated filmmaking and recently made a short animation for Amnesty International as a spearhead for their End the Death Penalty campaign.
Fiona MacVicar has been a professional illustrator for over twenty years. She has produced a wealth of work for clients such as The Radio times. Cosmopolitan. The economist. British telecom. Barclays. Penguin. Heinnemaa and Oxford university press. She has exhibited and sold at various venues. Including Habitat Ltd. And she has received several prizes. One of which was from The V&A national Art Library Illustration awards. Fiona lives in Wimbledon with her husband, three sons and a big Hairy dog.
Currently , she is continuing work in children’s book illustration.
Arthur Charles White worked with moving light, drawing on rolls of paper
Optical sound, dust, expressive drawn animation and moving image with a feeling and energy never before seen in Liverpool. After Liverpool 1977- 1981. He Studied Fine Arts- computer animation / photography / drawing at Slade UCL
Today he is still making ‘Light’ and experimental films. Using computer and a light source moved in actual 3D mechanically.
He has exhibited and screened film and shown work extensively in Britain and Europe.
Susan Young is an animator and artist based in London.
While studying graphic design at Liverpool Polytechnic Young was introduced to the idea that animation could be an extension of drawing into time and space, a vehicle for the expression of personal thoughts and emotions, and a medium for political commentary. Inspired by this, Young made Thin Blue Lines, a film that describes the Liverpool 8 uprising of 1981 from a semi-documentary, observational perspective.
Young continued to study animation at the Royal College of Art. Carnival, her RCA graduation film, features the calligraphic line, fluidity and metamorphic movement that came to define her work.
On leaving the RCA she was commissioned by the United Nations to direct The Doomsday Clock, a film about multilateral disarmament, with co-director Jonathan Hodgson. Subsequently Young focused on the combination of music and animation, collaborating with musicians including David Byrne (Beleza Tropical: Umbabarauma), record producers such as Alan Douglas (Jimi Hendrix: Fire), and record labels including Island Records and Island Visual Arts (Time Will Tell and Island 25 documentary titles). She has also directed title sequences for major sporting events, such as the World Cricket Series and American Football (The Big Match/Blitz), and classical music series and titles, including Orchestra and the launch film for Classic FM.
Young has exhibited at galleries including Tate Britain and the Barbican. She is the recipient of the John Moores and Princess of Wales scholarships, is a BAFTA nominee, and has received many awards for her work. Her films, titles, promos and commercials have been screened extensively at international film festivals and she has regularly been called on to judge films in competition at animation festivals worldwide.
Young is currently exploring the therapeutic potential of animation in relation to psychological trauma at the Royal College of Art as part of a practice-based PhD.