Each June, the Norwich School of Art and Design
(NSAD) present their end of year show - a chance for more than 400
students to showcase their work to the public and industry alike.
Tom Simmons, the school's lecturer in sound, said
the standard of work is particularly high this year:
"I think we've reached a stage where the film
making, the visuals and sound design have become equally important,"
The work in the exhibition celebrates a real diversity
of interests and a range of animation techniques.
Punch by Dan Hanton
"Dan Hanton from Great Yarmouth has done a
puppet animation based around the Mr Punch story.
"His attention to detail in the lighting and
shooting of the film has paid great dividends," said Simmons.
"Dan Upton's film based on Chapter 9 of Life,
The Universe and Everything is a great example of 3D animation with
incredible attention to the environmental construction, model design
and rendering," he added.
View works from the end
of year show
Click the film title to watch animation
|| Blown Away
Sex dolls Sadie and Brenda have feelings
too. They dream of escape to a new life in a land of sunshine
By Hayley Morris
||After The Journey
An old man travels through memories towards
an idealised past in the Old West that presents a full stop
in his story.
By Benjamin Sanders
Marvin the robot and Zem the mattress have
a conversation in the swamp on the planet Sqornshellous Zeta.
By Dan Upton
The end of a showbiz life for Mr. Punch. All
he wants to do is entertain, but is haunted of the memories
of his past.
By Daniel Hanton
This year more than 20 films will be screened during
the end of year show, showing a range of ideas and talent from the
final year BA students.
Ben Sanders' film After The Journey is inspired
from a childhood fascination with the Old West.
Scene from After The Journey by Ben Sanders
"I always thought it would be a great period
to visit," he said.
"I then decided that
this notion of memory and looking back on things, be they real memories
or ones you wished to have lived, would be an interesting area to
"What do I want people to take away from the
film... that there's a beauty in sadness,
the loss of love and the memories of it (whether they are real or
idealised), and that there is something uplifting about it.
"Much as in the way the paintings of Edward
Hopper make us identify with these lonely characters in motel rooms,
or cafes at night, and by that very nature of identifying with them
breaking down some of our own barriers of loneliness."
The Norwich School of Art and Design' animation
department continues to push the boundaries in both creative content
Scene from Blown Away by Hayley Morris
A number of students from the NSAD have gone straight
into work with directors like Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and working
in Jim Henson' puppet workshop in London.
Add your comments now
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the title of the film you're reviewing.
Gareth Davies, Surrey
Dan Upton's work is absolutely breathtaking. He's such a talented man with a great future in animation, I bet
It's great to see puppet animation is still alive with young film makers. Dan what a great film.
It's really good to see that there are still graduates producing good hand-drawn animation out there. There is too much focus on CGI, which has neither the magic or the beauty of traditional animation, even when it's done well – which most isn't. Well done Ben.
The cgi animation in Chapter 9 is amazing.
After The Journey: What a great film. Beautiful landscapes and a touching simplicity in a story about love and loss. Well done Ben.
more work from the NSAD end of year show 2004