Archive for January, 2010

Berlin welcomes Pencil to Pixel

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

For many years now I have been chairing one of Europe’s leading film and animation student conferences, Pencil to Pixel.

After three successful years in Prague, this year we decided to come to Berlin. With its filmatic history stretching from “Nosferatu” and Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” to current Hollywood big budget films such as “V for Vendetta,” “Black Book” and Tom Cruise’s “Valkyrie,” Berlin seems the perfect new location for this conference.

And here we are, presenting to an overwhelming number of 300 British students. Top talent from the country’s all universities; their courses vary from moving image to film, animation and visual communication.

The event has a long standing agenda to connect students with top creatives and inspire them through practical interaction. It aims to give them an insight into the real world practice of creative industries and address some of the finest work in moving image, animation and filmmaking of the previous year.

On the one hand, we are hoping to make students feel more confident in their creative development. On the other, it is a good opportunity for our speakers to gain first hand appreciation for their expertise and craft.

So, who have we got this year on our speaker’s panel? Well, it is certainly an appealing mix of creatives, from a features director Gerald McMorrow and graphic designer Jasmin Jodry, to a lecturer of Media Arts and Imaging at the University of Dundee Peter Richardson and director, producer Alice Harper, best known for her high end documentary work.

Speakers will present and discuss a selection of their work and at the end of each presentation there will be a lively question time. Students will have the opportunity to quiz speakers on their careers, work and inspiration and the speakers will offer invaluable advice for those seeking a career in the moving image field.

As for me, it is all about film title sequences.  I am presenting a historical overview on the development of title sequences from their origins to present times. 

I also brought with me to Berlin Mark Farrington, producer at a production company th1ng. Mark kindly agreed to film the event, so you will have the opportunity to view it here shortly.

I will also be making an announcement of my new titles work for one of the UK’s most successful directors. He is a frequent Academy Award nominee and I have had the pleasure to work with him in the past. His new film will debut in 2010, so watch this space for the official announcement. I will be documenting my title work on his film here over the next few weeks and showcase different stages of its development.

Find out more about Pencil to Pixel here or drop me a line.

Richard Morrison: Pencil to Pixel, Berlin, January 2010


Creative CV Guide launches in British Library

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

The other day I was invited to the launch of The Creative CV Guide held at the British Library.  In a nutshell, the guide is a very useful reference tool for students in creative disciplines, which features over 20 real creative CV’s from previous graduates.

The guide is the result of a collaboration between the University for the Creative Arts, the University of the Arts London, and the University College Falmouth together with author Jan Cole.

As someone with a lot of expeience in the creative world, I have been asked to provide a quote to cement credibility of this guide. Here is what I thought:

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Typographic Circle

January 22, 2010 1 comment

I have been kindly invited to do a talk at an event called “Typographic Circle“.

The event is a ‘not for profit’ social club for creatives and students, and takes place at JWT in Knightsbridge.

I will be speaking about moving image and discuss some of the more typographical examples of my work.

The event is on 22nd April  2010 and everyone’s welcome to come. I shall post more details closer to the event.

Thanks to NeuJuice

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

I just wanted to drop a quick note of appreciation to the good people at design agency NeuJuice.

They designed and built my new website .

Local media give it a positive verdict but please take a look yourself and let me know what you think.

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NeuJuice also helped me get started in social media. Well, I am still new to the whole Twitter thing, blogging and Facebook, so please forgive me any gaffes on the way.

Still learning, but learning very fast. Well done guys!

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