Animation studio Nexus Productions will be curating Friday Late Animate on March 30 as part of the V&A Museum's Friday Late season of evening events. Friday Late Animate is described as "an evening celebrating the art of the moving image that will leave you dreaming in technicolour and stop motion".
Special guest speakers at Friday Late Animate will include Nexus Productions directing duo, Smith & Foulkes, the most awarded commercials directors of all time, plus co-founders Chris O’Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso who will discuss a selection of their short films, title sequences, music videos and commercials as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations.
In addition to this, other Nexus directors will host a series of interactive events, performances and workshops celebrating the art of animation in some of the V&A’s stunning galleries. These will include the screening of Japanese animations, a puppet workshop, homemade zoetropes and 3D demonstrations as well as a VJ and DJ playing throughout the evening. Visitors will get the chance to explore different animation techniques and to see the craft involved ranging from hand-drawn frames to the latest computer technology.
To coincide with Friday Late Animate, the V&A and Nexus Productions have also staged an animation competition which is open to all students attending a degree or diploma course in moving image. The brief is to design the first six frames of a storyboard with entries displayed on the night.
Charlotte Bavasso, co-founder and Joint Managing Director of Nexus Productions, said, "We are delighted to have been approached by the V&A to host their Friday Late special on animation. It is a fantastic opportunity for all the Nexus talents to show their work to the general public in such prestigious settings and it ties in perfectly with our 10th anniversary."