Preseli

Our Animations from the 2013 Film Festival

Review
An enchanting story well-told with a trademark visual style of your own. A beautiful original soundtrack which compliments the story well. Full of ideas, we particularly liked the scene in which the main character jumps onto the dandelion. The snow scene could be cut a bit shorter perhaps – but a minor point considering the high standard of your work! (Winner of Best Film or Animation, Secondary)

Review
Simply professional! Another great idea, skilfully animated to a well-matched soundtrack with a feeling of impending doom, then a ‘what-happens-next’ element to the story at the end. High technical skills – Greg David says: “Danny’s discovered the pegs!” (you’ll know what he means). The judges would like to congratulate you on gaining a well-deserved place to study animation at Bristol University. (Winner of Best Film or Animation, Secondary)

Our Films and Animations from the 2012 Film Festival

Review
We loved the detail and amount of work in this animation which is well-drawn in your own distinctive style with excellent choice of music. It was an interesting device to bring yourself into the animation to help out your character. This animation is beautiful and churning with emotion, one of the judges was holding back a tear at the end of this! Highly commended. (ILM Award for Best Animation)

Review
For those of us old enough to remember the original Star Trek this was hilarious! Great sense of humour (we loved the Artificial Gravity Machine) and keen attention to detail in the shoot- ing of this. We believe this is your own music too – well performed with a Flight of the Conchords feel to it. Great use of effects which worked well in this setting to tell the story and an impessive pair of Vulcan ears. Superb! (Best Film Secondary 2012)

Review
We thought the script in this film was a bit staid but well-delivered by the narrators. This film was so well-shot that the images can tell the story on their own! We particularly liked the long, lingering shots which gave us time to take in each scene – you resisted the temptation to cut to a new scene every 3-5 seconds. Good awareness of audience – a professional production.

Our Films and Animations from the 2011 Film Festival

Review
This movie is quite simply superb! You have clearly studied the original story and film and referenced both throughout this film. Excellent use of film language, good camera work, lighting and editing. The performances were well-studied and followed the conventions of the era – and some humour too. Highly commended.

Review
Your animation matched the pace of the song well. The animation was of a very high standard, beautifully drawn with a recognisable style of your own. The set of animated sequences were hypnotic, the time flew when we watched this and you succeeded in telling the story of the song. The band must have been delighted with the high standard of you work. Lucky band! Highly commended.

Our Films and Animations from the 2010 Film Festival

Review
This adaptation of a short story by Edgar Allan Poe by Danny Tose is very well executed and an inspired idea. You captured the dark eeriness of the story and your animation has a distinc- tive, eastern European-ish, style. Well-judged use of sound, precise and atmospheric (e.g. the blood dripping from the arm). This is the result of many hours of work. Outstanding.

Review
This is a fine gothic rock video featuring some good use of compositing special effects. Stunning shots, we particularly liked the tunnel of books, the stop-motion animated dalek on the keyboard, the rat and the stop-motion (we think) mole. Some people may watch this and never take a teddy to bed with them again! This is a great showcase for your considerable talents. Highly Commended.

Our films and animations from the 2009 Film Festival

Review
The attention to detail in the soundtrack is very good and created an engaging atmosphere in this animation. We thought that the storyline could have been communicated more clearly, but the high quality of the drawings combined with the soundtrack made this a strangely hypnotic animation to watch. (*Winner of Best KS3 Animation at the National Schools Film Awards 2009)

Review
This set of 4 Welsh language films show well-planned instructional videos covering essential skills in football, netball, rugby and hockey. We liked the use of voiceovers as opposed to a presenter talking to camera. The voiceovers work so well that you could have dropped the presenter idea completely! Filmed and edited well with a range of shots and angles.

Review
The web cam miming to a pop song can be entertaining at times and this student has tried to add more interest for the viewer by adding some special effects and one location shot. We’d like to see more of a story being told in a music video with a range of shots and angles filmed on location.

Review
You made good use of what you have around you in the Preseli mountains with great location shots. Very poetic with well-chosen shots and angles. The effects were used thoughtfully and helped to create an atmosphere. Skilfully edited.

Our Films and Animations from the 2008 Film Festival

Review

This is a powerful film with an effective mix between live action and animation of Sims characters. We didn’t always understand what was happening but felt that the film still succeeds in having a profound effect on the viewer. A great deal of effort has gone into this film, the music made it work – clever technical work on the animation and sophisticated. (*Highly Commended at the 2008 National Schools Film Awards).

Our Films and Animations from the 2006 Film Festival

Review
A simple concept of throwing and catching a ball. The film maker got the framing, angles and continuity just right and had fun with film language. We liked the grainy effect and the way the narrative developed creating a sense of time and space. An effective ending. Highly commended. We hope Ed continues to develop his obvious skills working in film and animation.

Review
Very good pieces switching between live action and animation with outstanding graphic quality. Creative, interesting and imaginative. This sophisticated animation is highly evocative and shows a sound awareness of film language.


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