Still Shakespeare: Artists' Short Animations - Screening and Talk. From idea to film: how animated films are developed and made
Still Shakespeare is a slate of five artists’ short animated films inspired by some of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays, including new works by Shaun Clark, Sharon Liu, Kim Noce, Meghana Bisineer and Farouq Suleiman & Ben Sayer. This event is an opportunity to see the works in progress, and hear from the artists about the inspirations behind their concepts and how they are taking the work forward.
The films are developed by Film London, in partnership with London Shakespeare Centre at Kings College London, animation company Film Club at Th1ng and animation company Sherbet. The aim of the project is to create contemporary artworks that take iconic Shakespearean imagery as their starting point and respond in a variety of irreverent and original ways, making Shakespeare current and engaging to wide audiences and adding an additional, contemporary element to the Shakespeare 400 worldwide celebrations in 2016.
The artist filmmakers have been given access to the research and expertise of the London Shakespeare Centre. The key research feeding into the project is the PhD by Sally Barnden, Research Student, Department of English Language & Literature, King’s College London, supervised by Professor Gordon McMullan, Professor of English and founding member of the London Shakespeare Centre. Sally’s research on the intersection of Shakespeare’s plays, performance and photography is concerned with the way that certain well-known iconic images have been absorbed into a shared cultural memory. The film ideas were developed during workshops supported by the Cultural Institute at Kings College London.
Film London is the capital's screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city's new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England, Creative Skillset and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Still Shakespeare is part of Film London Shakespeare on Screen http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk/shakespeare