We're delighted to announce that A Little Grey has scooped the prize for Best Animation at Manchester Film Festival! The short film, co-directed by Simon Hewitt and Steve Smith, has been touring festivals and getting some lovely reaction, topped by this rather nice gong. Big shout out to Mighty and our Laura Thomas who worked so hard on the production.
Lifebabble is back for another series and once again we worked hard at creating 42 individual animated clips for the show. With Rory WT directing overall, we also brought in 7 additional Beakus directors, ensuring that all of the animated segments within each episode had a unique design style. You can watch the show on CBBC Monday to Friday at 4.25pm, or catch it online here: bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/lifebabble
Rory WT's multi-award-winning short 'Mr Madila' is finally released to the world today. If you're up for a bit of hilarity, what with the world teetering on the brink thanks to our American cousins, then this film is for you. Take a look - you won't be disappointed!
Semi finalist Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
Winner British Shorts Berlin
Winner Anny Best of Fest
Winner Premier Plans Angers
Winner Manchester Animation Festival
Winner RTS Student Awards.
Art Ninja has returned for a third series and once again Beakus were involved in creating the animated sections of the show, depicting various different artists on inanimate objects. The show is currently on air on Saturday's at 9am on CBBC. You can check out a compilation of some of the artists below.
Last week Beakus founder Steve Smith was invited to the Prime Minister's residence at No.10 Downing Street - we kid you not - for a shindig in support of the UK animation industry and the oodles of cash it brings the Treasury every year (not to mention the thousands of jobs for UK and EU citizens alike). We are the backbone of the creative ecosystem that runs through the veins of this country, and we wanted to show the powers-that-be what we're made of, and how we can drink more wine than anyone else. In many ways the night was a success... Steve met the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, and tried his best to big up the work of Beakus, and our partners.
It was a surreal experience going through security, supping wine and eating limp canapes inside No.10, topped off by a mass orgy of selfies outside the eponymous blackened door. One for the CV, photo album, and maybe a political memoir...?
We had a great time at London's Barbican last night for the launch of the London International Animation Festival (LIAF), and for the UK Premiere of our short A Little Grey. Directed by Steve Smith and Simon Hewitt, and animated by our directors Mighty, the film was well received by the large audience not once, but twice! We were fortunate enough to have A Little Grey go out as the first film screened of the festival, and then again in the British Showcase strand. Festival director Nag Vladermersky explained how LIAF receives over 2000 submissions, so to be first to screen for the whole event was something special! What we've neglected to mention is that it also had it's World Premiere at the amazing Anilogue Festival in Budapest on 23rd November. Sadly we couldn't get there, but many thanks for the fest for hosting!
We are happy to announce that the three explainer videos we have been working on for the VOLCROWE research team at Portsmouth University are now live! They communicate the psychologies and science behind volunteering and Crowdsourcing and the main motivations that lead people to contribute.
We have just completed two videos for English Heritage to mark the 950th year anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The two videos explain the conflict between Harold and William over who was crowned king and why William won the battle. Expertly written and directed by our talented duo Spin Kick Bros.
The Beakus team are chuffed to have moved in to our new home in central London! We've traded chabby chic bars and the Imperial War Museum for the Royal Opera House and uber-cool tapas bars. It's a lovely spot - 15 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NG - just off the Strand, and it means we have a new phone number - 020 3302 6550. All other contact details remain the same. We look forward to welcoming clients old and new to the home of fashionistas, baristas and street-performas...!
A short while ago producer and director Steve Smith took part in a panel discussion at the Children's Media Conference entitled Culture Kids Goes Digital. As usual the CMC was a wonderful event and it was a pleasure to share work from our studio, especially Amael Isnard's outstanding science-driven animation for the Royal Observatory Greenwich. They sparked some questions from the audience who, amongst other things, wanted to know where to find a collection of the films we've made so far. Simply put, they're on our vimeo page - vimeo.com/album/3399118