Event: Meet The Puppet Masters 2017: Animation Conference

Date: 4th Nov 2017, 11:00am until 5:00pm
Venue: Waterside Price: £15 / £10

CIT’s popular animation conference returns for its third year, featuring leading speakers from the worlds of animation and puppetry.

This year Meet The Puppet Masters will feature guests with a special connection to Cosgrove Hall Films, whose archive is being celebrated with an exhibition at Waterside.

Speakers include:

Bridget Appleby – one of the world’s leading stop frame animation creatives, Bridget was voted by Animation Magazine as one of the top ten women in animation.

Sarah Ann Kennedy – voice actress from Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and creator of Crapston Villas.

Sam Holland – founder of Stop Frame Puppets, who has worked with Wes Anderson, Tim Burton and Jim Henson.

This event is ideal for animation practitioners, animation students as well as fans of stop-motion and puppetry.

With more speakers to be confirmed soon – stay tuned for more details.

Special Offer – for bookings of 4 or more animation students, ticket are £5. Call box office for details on 0161 912 5616.

  • 11:00 – introductions
  • 11:15 – Sam Holland
  • 12:25 – Bridget Appleby
  • 1:30 – lunch
  • 2:15 – Sarah Ann Kennedy
  • 3:15 – break
  • 3:30 – Tim Searle
  • 4:30 – close

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About The Speakers

Bridget Appleby

Bridget is one of the world’s leading stop frame animation creatives. Voted by Animation Magazine as one of the top ten women in animation, Bridget’s design and productions have been transmitted and licensed all over the world and  have won many honours, including a personal Bafta and International Emmy.

Bridget has been creative producer on her own stop frame production ‘Engie Benjy’, ensuring broadcasters licensees and financiers are all satisfied at every stage of the production process

She is now heavily involved in the production of another of her own creations – ‘Cloudbabies’, for Cbeebies.

More http://imdb.to/2lblrC4

Sarah Ann Kennedy

Sarah is a voice actress and runs the MA Animation course at the University of Central Lancashire.  Previously Sarah worked in industry in a variety of roles including writer, animation director, creator, show runner, executive producer and voice artist.

She has won numerous awards in the UK and Internationally but is probably best known as the voice of Miss Rabbit in the BAFTA winning series Peppa Pig and as Nanny Plum in the children’s animated series Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and Dolly Pond in Pond Life. She is also the creator of Crapston Villas for Channel 4. Since working in academia Sarah has presented various papers about the role of women in the animation industry both here and Internationally.

More http://bit.ly/2yKAHel

Tim Searle

Tim is Head of Animation at CBBC Productions & Executive Producer of ‘Danger Mouse’.

Tim has worked in animation for over 25 years, producing animation and graphics for a wide range of comedy shows including:  ‘Absolutely’, ‘Two Fat Ladies’ (C4) ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC) and many others.

In 2001 Tim helped create ‘2DTV’, directing 5 series of the successful topical sketch series for ITV. (George Michael was a fan of the show and the controversial ‘Shoot the Dog’ promo was made in 2002). Baby Cow Animation was also founded in that year with Steve Coogan and Henry Normal. Credits include: ‘I am not an Animal’, ‘Horrible Histories’, (BBC), ‘Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums’, (Dave) ‘Man Down’, (C4) ‘The Cow that Almost Missed Christmas’, (CBeebies) ‘Uncle Wormsley’s Christmas’, (Sky Arts) and ‘Warren United’ (ITV).

In 2013, Tim moved to Tiger Aspect, as Series Director of ‘Mr Bean’ (52 x 11’s) for ITV and the world.

In 2015, Tim became Creative Director for Kids & Animation at Tiger Aspect.

In 2016, Tim joined the team at CBBC.

Sam Holland
Sam Holland is founder of Stop Frame Puppets. He started his career in live action, learning the art of puppet construction and puppet effects at Jim Henson’s Creature shop, then working at Asylum Models and Effects.
Among many other projects, Sam has created puppets for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie along with Pop for Aardman Animation.