Spotlights: Animation - 8 January 2014

Whirlygig Cinema’s SPOTLIGHTS is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. At the end of the night they take part in a Q&A session, giving audiences the chance to probe further.

Each event will offer a specialised focus on a particular genre; from animation to art, drama to documentary, SPOTLIGHTS strives to create a regular meeting place for filmmakers and film-lovers, showcasing hand-picked emerging film talent in a relaxed and intimate environment.

We start the year with a focus on animation, with work by Carla MacKinnon, tea&cheese (Liam Tate and Jamie Stanton) and Adam Wells.

Doors 7pm / Films start at 7.30pm
Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE
£4 adv / £5 door / £3 door to badge holders.

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tea&cheese's unique brand of humour and candy-floss-circus of visual and sonic treats has cemented their reputation as an up and coming creative duo to watch. In April 2009 their directorial debut, '8-BIT Waterslide in REAL LIFE!' hit YouTube like a pixel tsunami of screaming chiptone colour. Whilst pixel graphics had always had an underground following of artists and fans, '8-BIT Waterslide in REAL LIFE!' brought it to the mainstream; "Super Mega Hyper Boost Pipe!" became the meme for the initiated nerd. The fresh faced duo, otherwise known as Liam Tate and Jamie Stanton, met at university and bonded over a shared love of funny films and general geek-idge. tea&cheese personify the new era of bedroom film makers, they have talent, tenacity and a hungry global audience. Their films have racked up millions of views online, won awards & acclaim from around the world and they've even pitched a TV show in Hollywood.

Carla MacKinnon

A filmmaker and interdisciplinary producer with a background in technology and education, Carla graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2004. She worked as a curator, festival producer, filmmaker, teacher, script consultant and arts-technology manager and in 2009 she founded Rich Pickings; live events bringing filmmakers together with practitioners in science and the humanities. She has produced and directed a number of shorts including National Lottery funded documentary A Short Film About Freedom and most recently Devil In The Room, a short film and cross-platform project about sleep paralysis supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award. In 2013 Carla graduated with an MA in animation from Royal College of Art.

Adam Wells

Adam Wells has a background in design and spent several years working in newspapers, before moving on to work as a commercial motion graphics designer. In recent years Adam has started to develop his own short-form animation work. His first short, Brave New Old, premiered at the London Film Festival in 2012. His second film Risehigh played at encounters this year, where Adam’s work was apart of the future encounters showcase. He also releases shorter pieces frequently online and has been able to pic up a handful of Vimeo staff picks to date.

Influenced by theatre design and model making, Adam blends character animation and motion design in his style. He then enforces highly disciplined camera direction over the top, to produce a unique sense of storytelling.