1. Ecstatic Truth II – Lessons of Darkness and Light, 27th May, 2017, Royal College of Art

    Dr Bella Honess Roe is a film scholar who specialises in documentary and animation. Her 2013 monograph Animated Documentary is the first text to investigate the convergence of these two media forms and was the recipient of the Society for Animation Studies’ 2015 McLaren-Lambart award for best book. She also publishes on animation and documentary more broadly and is currently editing a book on Aardman Animations (I.B. Tauris), co-editing a volume on the voice in documentary (Bloomsbury) and co-editing the Animation Studies Handbook (Bloomsbury). She is Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Film Studies at the University of Surrey.

    For more info on her work: bellahonessroe.wordpress.com

    For more information about studying MA Animation: Documentary at RCA: rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-communication/animation/documentary-animation-pathway.
    Video documentation of this event will be archived on our Vimeo channel at:
    Documentary Animation.

    This event is supported by the Society for Animation Studies, an international organisation dedicated to the study of animation history and theory since 1987. For more information and to become a member:
    animationstudies.org.

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  2. Ecstatic Truth II – Lessons of Darkness and Light, 27th May, 2017, Royal College of Art

    Must documentary be confined to a single screen? How does the siting of a screening influence its perception? This screening/talk focuses on documentary strategies in Rose Bond’s multi-screen animated installation Broadsided! which was sited in the windows of the Exeter Castle. A screened excerpt from Broadsided! documentation provides the basis for brief examination of documentary methods used to convey a point of view: research, reenactment, data visualization and parataxis.

    Rose Bond creates monumental, content driven animated installations. Rear projected in multiple windows, her themes are often drawn from the site – existing as monuments to the unremembered. Her installations have illuminated urban spaces in Zagreb, Toronto, Exeter UK, New York City, Utrecht, Netherlands and Portland, Oregon.

    To see more of her latest work: opb.org/television/programs/artbeat/segment/portland-oregon-animator-rose-bond/

    For more information about studying MA Animation: Documentary at RCA: rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-communication/animation/documentary-animation-pathway.
    Video documentation of this event will be archived on our Vimeo channel at:
    Documentary Animation.

    This event is supported by the Society for Animation Studies, an international organisation dedicated to the study of animation history and theory since 1987. For more information and to become a member:
    animationstudies.org.

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  3. Ecstatic Truth II – Lessons of Darkness and Light, 27th May, 2017, Royal College of Art

    This presentation explores how animated documentaries are pioneering creativity in virtual reality (VR). I will propose that animated documentary is a good fit for VR technically and creatively, and that the distancing quality and ‘absence and excess’ (Honess Roe, 2013) of animated documentary complements the duel sensation of immersion and alienation evoked in the dreamlike experience of VR.

    Carla MacKinnon is a filmmaker and practice-based PhD candidate at Arts University Bournemouth, whose moving image work has been exhibited widely. Carla has a Masters in Animation from Royal College of Art and has worked as a festival producer and manager of technology projects. She is also director of interdisciplinary events organization Rich Pickings.

    For more information about studying MA Animation: Documentary at RCA: rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-communication/animation/documentary-animation-pathway.
    Video documentation of this event will be archived on our Vimeo channel at:
    Documentary Animation.

    This event is supported by the Society for Animation Studies, an international organisation dedicated to the study of animation history and theory since 1987. For more information and to become a member:
    animationstudies.org.

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  4. Ecstatic Truth II – Lessons of Darkness and Light, 27th May, 2017, Royal College of Art

    Can puppets’ skin materials express deeper levels of signification in stop-motion animation cinema? The paper suggests the concept of autonomous performance of matter in stop-motion animation and aim to demonstrate that matter can express a sense of tactility and metaphorically act autonomously from the diegetic narrative, staging a second level of narrative (meta-diegetic).

    Vincenzo Maselli is a PhD student in design at Sapienza University of Rome. His research aims to demonstrate how materials and puppets’ building techniques can communicate narrative meanings in stop motion animation cinema. In October 2016 he moved in London, where he is continuing his research at Middlesex University.

    For more information about studying MA Animation: Documentary at RCA: rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-communication/animation/documentary-animation-pathway.
    Video documentation of this event will be archived on our Vimeo channel at:
    Documentary Animation.

    This event is supported by the Society for Animation Studies, an international organisation dedicated to the study of animation history and theory since 1987. For more information and to become a member:
    animationstudies.org.

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  5. Ecstatic Truth II – Lessons of Darkness and Light, 27th May, 2017, Royal College of Art

    "I try to use my pencil as a scalpel to extract a memory whole, but the memory will not be drawn out like a lump of tissue, instead it changes as soon as the pencil touches it. As my memory changes under the pencil, I am changed, I redraw myself."

    Sally Pearce studied philosophy at Cambridge, then became a nurse. She started making films while studying Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam, followed by an MA in Animation Direction at the NFTS. Her films have screened and been awarded at Festivals around the world. She hopes to start her PhD in October 2017.

    For more information about studying MA Animation: Documentary at RCA: rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-communication/animation/documentary-animation-pathway.
    Video documentation of this event will be archived on our Vimeo channel at:
    Documentary Animation.

    This event is supported by the Society for Animation Studies, an international organisation dedicated to the study of animation history and theory since 1987. For more information and to become a member:
    animationstudies.org.

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The Documentary Animation pathway at the Royal College of Art hosts critical debate about animated documentary. Part of the MA Animation, the Documentary Animation pathway promotes a range of approaches to non-fiction graphic filmmaking which fuses animation…


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The Documentary Animation pathway at the Royal College of Art hosts critical debate about animated documentary. Part of the MA Animation, the Documentary Animation pathway promotes a range of approaches to non-fiction graphic filmmaking which fuses animation practices with documentary methodologies, and questions how we represent and apply the real.

For more information: rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-communication/animation/documentary-animation-pathway

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