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12 December 2003, 11:00 PM
I am a final year student at Teesside University in the UK, Teesside has held the Animex International Festival of Animation for 5 years now, I went for the first time last year when Jason Schleifer (Lord of the rings dude) and Nancy Cartwrite (the voice of Bart Simpson) were headlining and it was awesome. It seems to get better every year with some really good people there, check it out at and see what you think.

One of the main Orgonisers for it, and my project leader at the mo, Chris Williams, works his butt off every year to make it as good as he can, and it seems to be shaping up pretty good this year, so If you can get down for Animex, go for it.
Chris D.

12 December 2003, 12:58 AM
PS. Animex will have people from the games industry for the first time this year which was the only area missing from the last few years, i'm not sure who yet but i'll post it a s soon as i know.

12 December 2003, 03:57 AM
Anyone been to 3d December down in london, never bin to it yet, just wondering if its any good? looks pretty big.

Andrew W
12 December 2003, 09:29 AM
Is Siobhan Fenton still at Teeside and doing the whole Animex thing too? If so, send my regards! Must try and find her e-mail address! Yipes, been far too long since I spoke to her last...


Ross Forster
12 December 2003, 04:55 PM
I remember chatting to Jason Schleifer a while back about if he was coming to Animex '04, he said he would like to, though work permitting...


12 December 2003, 06:32 PM
For those of you that are interested, I'll be there giving some XSI classes and participating in the "How to get a job in computer animation" panel. :)

12 December 2003, 06:38 PM
Siobhan Fenton is still at Teesside, she was off for Maternity leave last year but she back now. Nice website Andrew by the way, some damed good stuff on there. just started using Maya a few months back, amazing package, probly a bad idea to start learning it at the same time as doing a final project with it tho, lol. ah well.

12 December 2003, 07:17 PM
yep, I'd LOVE to go to animex again.. I had a great time!

Probably won't be able to make it this year.. but maybe 2005? :)


Originally posted by Ross Forster
I remember chatting to Jason Schleifer a while back about if he was coming to Animex '04, he said he would like to, though work permitting...


12 December 2003, 06:50 AM
glad u had a good time last year, Teesside has some good night life :beer: lol. It was the most snow ive seen in teesside aswell, felt very festive. did u get to chat to the Real Bart Simpson then? I had a quick chat at the end she seems really cool, very down to earth, and loves putting the voices on. Still wierd as hell seeing the voice of a 10 year old yellow boy coming out of a 50 year old woman tho. lol

12 December 2003, 12:25 PM
oh.. im so looking forward to the animex 2004, especially the harriss-workshops and the pixar-talk.
im eager to see if Ed Harriss manages to convert me from 3dsmax to xsi.. heh..


Ross Forster
12 December 2003, 01:05 PM
Too bad Jason... till the next year:beer: Have fun at PDI :thumbsup:

Those classes sound great Ed.


12 December 2003, 05:42 AM
sorry, bit off topic, just wondering, if you could get a job anywhere, where would you go? would have said Pixar last year, but Pdi seem pretty dam good now, and some good stuff in the pipeline.

12 December 2003, 05:46 AM
thanks ross!

yep, pixar's alwasy an amazing spot.. just signed my contract to start at pdi tho & I'm pretty excited about it!

I really like hte stuff they're doing now.. and the people there are super talented. so I'm stoked to be able to go sit & learn! :)

okay.. back to the topic!

teeside rocks! :)

12 December 2003, 09:27 PM
argh!:cry: why didn't i go to teeside uni, i think i chose the wrong university.
anyways enough of my regrets, hopefully i'll be attending animex for the first time not too sure yet which tickets to get and where im going to stay and how im going to get there:thumbsup:

12 December 2003, 02:52 AM
which course u doing then? the animex main ticket is 40 for students which covers everything apart from the workshops. Teesside is pretty cheap, if u ring one of the numbers on the site they should be able to point u to a decent hotel or something. any probs with finding somewhere to stay just gimmie a message and i'll see what i can sort out :) .
Don't worry about what course ur doing, just get on the forums like u are doing and find out all u can for what software ur using.
I am ment to use Max 6 or XSi but i decided to use Maya and its not to hard to learn ur self with a few good books n stuff :)

Andrew W
12 December 2003, 09:20 AM
I think that a good student will prosper well anywhere, obviously some courses are better than others but I work with people from all over the place, many of whom never even did computer graphics at college, so just plough your own furrow, keep focussed and you will succeed.

I'm not trying to be preachy here, but as soon as you graduate and begin work, you will learn so much, so fast, it isn't even funny. Degrees are a very good idea, and get you thinking and working in the right way, but there's no substitute for a client breathing down your neck as a motivational impetus!

Of course in my case it did help that my CG lecturer was the Mighty Siobhan, in her pre-Teeside days, when I was young and carefree, rather than old and careless as I am now...

Basically, in my own waffley way, what I'm trying to say is, talent will always show itself, you just need to back up your talent with lots of hard graft, and no uni can give you that. It has to come from within. University will help, but ultimately, you get out what YOU put in.

Good luck

12 December 2003, 09:36 PM
Hey all,
i'm at teesside but i'm on my placement year at reflections.
I have to say that i have learned double of what i learnt at uni and i've only been their just over 3 months.
I hadn't touched maya till i started their and now i kno it better than Max which i have been using for 4 years.

Wish i could go to animex but it's crunch time so long hours and little time off :( oh well it's worth it.

Anyway hope your last year is going well ciff i'm gonna try to start on my final project soon.
Catch yall later.


12 December 2003, 05:42 PM
Just been checking out some of Pixars old shorts, forgot how old they are, yet still they are some of the best computer animation ive seen, one of them is from 1984 aswell! Amazing.

check it out

12 December 2003, 08:20 PM
Animex game gets bigger, check out the news at
not many details at the mo, but should be within the next few days.

PS: anyone here in the games industry? if so anyone working on next Generation games? :lightbulb

12 December 2003, 07:47 PM
Hello people,

I "studied" Game Design at Teeside University and graduated in the year of our lord 2002. I fondly remember crawling out of early morning lectures to the "Canny Caff" to get my daily energy breakfast of sauasge and beans. Mmmmm! I can smell it even now.

Is "Communications" still inflicted on students or did the European Court of Human Rights put an end to it. I am stilll in therapy nonetheless.

axxxj: I worked briefly at Reflections during the summer of 2001. Check out my stiff neck entry in the accident book. Is Chris Willacy still working there? If so tell the lazy git to email me for fun and japes.

I am currently working in the games industry at an undisclosed location in England. I am considering joining a Gym in the newyear.

I have 3 pairs of jeans.

Next stop, Pixar!!!

12 December 2003, 11:03 PM
Hello Saucyjack!

Is "Communications" still inflicted on students or did the European Court of Human Rights put an end to it. I am stilll in therapy nonetheless.

Yes, communication is still here :( Most useless module I have ever witnessed.. And don`t forget the Exploiting the Internet module... waste of life...

Did you ever try the computers in the learning resource center... think the frequency on their monitors must be below 60 hertz.. my head still hurts..:eek:


btw.. where is the "canny caff" ?

01 January 2004, 04:24 PM

The "Canny Caff" is located outside the university, turn left at the traffic lights. Near the army recruiting office and the video game shop.

Can't miss it.

01 January 2004, 07:16 PM
I have seen but not experienced the canny cafe ah well will have to investigate in my final year.

01 January 2004, 03:57 AM
Sweeeeet. Industrial Light and Magic Confirmed for Animex. should be awesome, i doubt they'll show any starwars 3 stuff tho. lol. :buttrock:

01 January 2004, 12:35 AM
woohooo. got my ticket!

Now if you'll excuse me, i have to go practice my groveling techniques. I think there maybe alot of it going on next week. :D

01 January 2004, 03:25 AM
Originally posted by axxxj
I have seen but not experienced the canny cafe ah well will have to investigate in my final year.

I can also confirm that a sausage and mushroom bomb from the Canny Caff is indeed 'da boom-diggy' or at least it was while I was there......

Go get..... now!

01 January 2004, 03:27 AM
right, i'm gonna have to try the canny caff now. ill let ya know if the saussage and mushroom bomb is still there. lol.:D

01 January 2004, 04:28 AM
ciff No!! What about Roys!! Remember your loyalties man!

01 January 2004, 04:30 AM
good old Roys. I have to try the competition dude. lol. dont tell Roy tho ;) lol

01 January 2004, 04:52 AM
Anyway, back to ANIMEX I heard that the workshops are nearly all full up now. Still some tickets left for the talk though.

01 January 2004, 04:53 AM
yeah, they get full up pretty quick. u doing any workshops?

01 January 2004, 05:16 AM
Nope. Cant really afford to what with it costing 40 just for the talk. The only one is was interested in was Acting for Animation.

That would have come in handy for my final project. Alot of the other ones i have either learnt or am learning on my course.

07 July 2004, 10:11 PM
hey i am applying for the master computer animation on teeside
have u heard any good words for this ?

07 July 2004, 12:34 AM
hay guys this might be a little off tipic but... im going to teeside uni in sept this year and was woundering if you guys that go there could tell me a few things?

im gonna study computer animation there and was woundering what the labs specs are like and the softwere versions are for maya, max and xsi?
also when i went to the openday there the said stuff about the new courses there - the Digital Character animation really took me
oh and one more thing lol i just got my accommodation letter saying that im staying in the Parkside houses and flats do you know what ther are like? and if there any good?

07 July 2004, 12:57 AM
Its not too off topic, lol, Animex is at Teesside afterall. anyway, ive just graduated from Teesside uni, bin doing Creative Visualisation which is basicaly computer animation and games modeling, texturing etc.
i'm thinking of doing an MA at the moment also, the lecturers there are a bit of a mix but luckily there are a few awesome lecturers there, Paul Dockerty is a 3D s max Genious, he seems to try and learn every new featre, techneque out there, always works too hard, lol, there are some xsi people aswell but i don't know them that well as i decided to Learn Maya (in my final year, all by myself, and did my final project in it too, lol, probly why i got a 2.2, lol, that and going out too much).
Chris williams is a good guy to talk too also, he does photo real at the uni, and orgonises animex. there are some Maya people at the uni, but their not teaching maya yet, think they are starting too next year tho.
at the mo its Xsi, pretty much the newest version and max is on version 5, should be 6 next year. Uni computers are pretty decent spec, don't know what there are at the mo coz they upgrade them alot, always good to get your own machine tho, if you can, if you can't the labs are normaly open till 9 or 10 at night tho which is good.

Area wise, Parkside halls are ace, ive had quite a few mates living there, alot of partys, lol, and 3 mins walk from the uni. Always stay close to the town/uni if u can as the outer areas can be a bit dodgy. I'm back in teesside in sept anyway, dunno what i'm doing yet, lol, gonna try and get a games job if i can, if i'm not doing a masters, Onisoft are at the uni, and atomic Planet are in town so they'r quite handy, fingers crossed. lol.

anyhow, good luck guys, if u ever wanna meet up for a pint when ur in town just pm me. hope u have a good year, l8rs
chris. :D

07 July 2004, 01:12 AM
thx for the reply mate i did apply for Woodland halls but i didnt get it i got parkside houses anf flats so there ok then you would say? lol cause im trying to convince my mum that ill be ok with out ensuite lol

07 July 2004, 01:18 AM
lol, yer parkside are fine, i think better than woodlens coz the rooms are way bigger (tiny meeny in woodlans) and the interior, bathroom, kitchen etc are all pretty smart decent stuff. the uni also try and put like minded people in houses together, like same course or similar interests etc, not always, but they try, lol.
Where u moving down from anyway?


07 July 2004, 08:11 AM
London :bounce: yah i know long way huh?:D

07 July 2004, 09:07 AM
I moved up from london and found it fine!!

Canny Cafe?! Did you never experience the greatness of the Hotplate by Maplins?! used to be 1.90 a fry up but after foot n mouth it went up to 2.20... affectionately known as a 'heart-stopper' by us...

I was at Animex when Nancy Cartwright was speaking - at one point she ended up sittin behind me and my mate Dave with a REALLY fine lookin lady from Klasky Csupo called Rachelle Lewis... Anyhoo, they were tellin us how they went out the night before and pretended they had Tourettes!!! Nancy was explaining the odd looks she was getting as other ppl heard 'Bart' shouting "cocksucker" every 30 seconds. She rules!!

Also saw Jasons talk, best bit was him explaining how they had to spend 3months and summat like $40,000 air-brushing out an extra dancing around like an idiot which they hadnt spotted until the shot was in the final cut

Cant remember who wanted Siobhans email but PM me and ill send it ur way...

07 July 2004, 09:28 AM
I am the 'mate Dave' and what Steve says is all true, Nancy and Rachelle were indeed sat behind us for most of the talk, we actually had a really nice chat with them both, and found out that they completely crazy but very cool!
it was a pity we didn't experience the night out that they had for ourselves, it would've been one hell of a piss up!!

Animex was a good experience all round and it also gave us the chance to plug our own short film [WIP] to anyone who would take a look, including Rachelle.. yeh she loved it :D

07 July 2004, 09:52 AM
one question for Ciff

i heard that all the accommodations on teeside uni haven't got any access to internet ..... is it true ?

oh my goddddddd :eek:

07 July 2004, 10:03 AM
lol, yer, scary thought, no internet :argh: lol. they didn't have it plummed in when i was at uni but they might do now, i knew people who managed to get there own connection sorted but cost alot. just have to use it at the uni, only
a few meaters away, lol, no downloading porn tho :rolleyes: shame. lol

07 July 2004, 10:26 AM
thanx for this i will check it out so maybe i will go to another Uni

i want internet for sure !!!!!!!:bounce:

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