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Minilab’s Big ELCAF Weekend!

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A couple of weeks ago, we made the short walk over from our studio to Hackney Round Chapel for the fifth annual East London Comic and Arts Festival, ELCAF for a weekend jam-packed full of talks, workshops, comics and FUN!

We were lucky enough to work with the ELCAF team and curate a small part of the programme, presenting three talks and a Digital Play Area at this year’s festival.

On Friday afternoon, we were honoured to welcome Laura Chilcott, Senior Digital Producer at Aardman Animations. Laura talked about all things Aardman, and no it’s not all Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit!

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We heard about the various processes in getting Aardman digital projects into production and how they work with a teams of illustrators and how their digital projects can shape wider Aardman decisions using a variety of Shaun the Sheep apps to show this off. Looking into the future of digital, Laura talked about their  foray into VR, in conjunction with the BBC R&D department, ‘We Wait’, a beautiful and moving dramatised depiction of migrants making the journey from Turkey to Greece on smugglers boats.

On Saturday, we ran a Digital Play Area, showcasing the three Yatatoy apps, Drawnimal, Miximal and Loopimal and Rumpus Animation’s Bertram Fiddle. It was great to see kids and adults alike getting stuck in and creative with these apps, both on and off the screen!

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Later on that afternoon, Seb Burnett and Luke Hyde of Rumpus Animation spoke to a very full, warm, room of people, introducing their animation studios, how they put the fun into animation, work with a whole host of illustrators and clients including CBBC . Seb also told us about their victorian point and click adventure app, Bertram Fiddle and the want to ‘make something my daughter tells her friends about’.

For our third and final talk at this year’s ELCAF, we were so pleased to have animation director Lucas Zanotto all the way over from Helsinki to talk about his side-project, digital studio label Yatatoy. Lucas talked us through his development process, working over Skype, the challenges of getting an app to market and getting picked up by the App Store and Apple.

Throughout the weekend we loved checking out all the awesome artwork, books and other illustrated wares by talented creators from East London and far beyond. We found ourselves getting stuck in to many of the creative workshops, with highlights including building an exquisite corpse tower with Vincent Mahé and Mikkel Sommer‘s Urban Jungle Diorama.

A huge THANK YOU to all of our speakers and to ELCAF for having us… See you again next year!

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