Program 2017



Simon’s Cat in an immersive 360 video with Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop CC & After Effects CC from animatic to Facebook, YouTube & Google Cardboard

Andy Blazdell (CelAction), Liza Nechaeva (Simon's Cat)

Simon's Cat is a hugely successful animated comedy series featuring the mischievous and often hilarious antics of a charming cat and his long suffering owner - Simon. It was founded by Simon Tofield in 2007, an award-winning illustrator, animator and director. First launched as a black and white animation series on YouTube in March 2008 and it has since become “the feline internet phenomenon” with a presence in 100 countries. To date it has over 860m views on YouTube with 4.3m subscribers worldwide. 

In this workshop we will show how, using a combination of tools, merging traditional drawn animation techniques with advanced vector morphing enables fluid hand-drawn motion in a very specific style to be emulated in a production environment.

Andy Blazdell

Andy Blazdell, CEO, CelAction,

Andy Blazdell is the co-founder and CEO of CelAction, an animation software developer that specializes in high-end 2D animation. CelAction’s flagship product is CelAction2D, used in films and TV series such as Mr. Bean, Peppa Pig and Sarah & Duck.

Liza Nechaeva

Liza Nechaeva, Art Director, Simon's Cat,

Liza Nechaeva is an Assistant Art Director at Simon's Cat who works across all areas of the studio such as production, asset management and creation, technical support and app and content development, working very closely with Simon himself. She graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Graphic Design specialising in Illustration. Liza started at Simon’s Cat as an intern during the ‘Off to the Vet’ crowdfunding campaign in 2014, and has become and invaluable member of the team ever since. With a background in studying business and illustration, Liza is a multi-talented person, who can put her mind to anything.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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