Happy Feet animator comes to Dorset County Museum

Sofronis Efstathiou, National School of Computer Animation, Bournemouth University

Sofronis Efstathiou, National School of Computer Animation, Bournemouth University

The current exhibition at Dorset County Museum, Pardoes ANIMATE!, has proved to be very popular with summer visitors.  As part of its ongoing animation theme, a professional animator and lecturer at
Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation is giving a talk about how Animation can become a viable career.

Sofronis Efstathiou will discuss a variety of student animation projects, explaining the different types of technical and creative skills used in their creation.  He will also emphasise  the importance of art, maths and science in this field and explain how they can directly affect the success of an animated film.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Before becoming Programme Leader of the MA course in 3D Computer Animation at Bournemouth University, Sofronis worked in the Film and Games industry on projects such as “Happy Feet”, “300” and “Fable 2”, training artists and production staff on projects that would go on to win an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Games BAFTA.

Sofronis Efstathiou talk takes place on Thursday 12th September 2013 at 6.00pm. Entry to this lecture is FREE

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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J-STOR Now Available in the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Library

JSTORResearch minded members of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society will doubtless be pleased to learn that JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources ,is now available on a dedicated terminal in the Society’s Library at Dorset County Museum. This was trialled for a short period earlier this year, the feedback from which encouraged the Society to take out a full subscription.

JSTOR provides searchable access to the digitised full text content of over 1,900 journals in more than 50 disciplines, provided by more than 900 publishers and greatly expands the range of research publications and source material available at the Museum.

With such a world of resources now accessible at the click of a mouse, why not drop into the Library soon and see what you can discover…

  • If you would like to take advantage of this amazing resource why not become a member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.  For more information visit www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/membership

A selection of short films from the Animated Exeter Festival

Animated ExeterOn Wednesday 17th July 2013, the Dorset County Museum will be screening a selection of short films from the Animated Exeter Festival 2013.  Showcasing a range of exciting new animators from the UK including independent animators, recent graduates, and young people’s animation. Screening starts at 6.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm) entry is FREE, though a £3 donation encouraged.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org


Here is a programme of films that will be shown:

Independent Animators

  • The Goat Herder and his lots and lots and lots of Goats dir. William Rose, 7:12 mins. Inspired by my two year old niece who having seen a goat herder in Spain kept chanting ‘lots and lots and lots of goats!’ The story follows a day in the life of a goat herder and his flock of goats as they travel up and down the mountains of Spain, There is no dialogue. The story is told using sound and movement.
  • Superfast Samosa dir. Sundeep Toor, 1:28 mins. Breakout the mango chutney, cos everyone wants a piece of him! The gingerbread man story retold with a Bollywood twist.
  • The Fat Cat dir. Mole Hill, 1:00 mins. Etched in wax from a garage somewhere in Cheshire, the fat cat always gets what it wants.
  • Saturdays dir. Hanieh Shojaee, 5:31 mins. In an ederly nursing home it is a custom that every Saturday a visitor family come and choose one of the old people as their new grandparent. Today is one of those Saturdays.
  • Focus dir. Andy Shackleford, 4:44 mins. This music video visualises the journey singer/songwriter Ryan Keen has taken to follow his dream, being brave and taking that fearful step away from the security of an everyday job and living to pursue his dreams as a musician.
  • Birdfood dir. Richard Keane, 4:44 mins. A man plans to eat his lunch in the park but the local pigeons have other ideas!

Under 18s

  • Wicked Witch dir. Laurie Cousins. Under 12, 2:10 mins. Hand drawn animation in which a witch is looking for a green bellied rat for her potion but a boy stops her getting it.
  • Polar Bear dir. Joe Blandamer , Under 12, 00:45 mins. Climate change in the Arctic and its effects on Polar Bears.
  • Anwylyd & The Donkey dir. Corris Primary School. Under 12, 7:38 mins. When the Prince gets turned into a Donkey, he must travel across the entire kingdom in search of a way to break the hideous spell upon him. A farmer’s daughter, a wise pig and a two headed dragon will all help him solve the riddle and restore the Kingdom to normal.
  • The Helpful Dead dir. Wyke Regis Junior School. Under 12, 3 mins.  A grieving mother, an Olympic sailor in trouble and a drowning boy who becomes a legend: the Helpful Deaf is the story of a tall ship sunk off Dead Man’s Cove, Portland in 1872, and an emotional link with the 2012 sailing events.
  • Farmyard’s Got Talent! dir. Joe Blandamer . Under 18, 01:01 mins. Crackling the pig tries his hand at animal impersonations!
  • Greyworth Museum dir. Aelfred Hillman. Under 12, 1:27 mins. The ‘Greyworth Museum’ is thrown into chaos when its prize exhibit is stolen in broad day light!
  • Laurilie takes a Bath Mary Tavy and Brentor Primary Schools. Under 12, 1:30 mins. Looking at the theme of water.
  • Helium dir. Joe Blandamer. Under 18, 00:46 mins. A boy investigates the effects of helium with a surprising result!

2012 Graduates

  • Merfolk dir. Rory Waudby-Tolley, Bournemouth University, NCCA. 2:34 mins. An animated mock-umentary film set in an alternate reality. Forced to leave the polluted oceans an elderly couple of Merfolk refugees discuss the society they now live in and how they have adapted to their new life.
  • Playtime dirs. Benjamin Kwok & Bhavik Patel/ Director Benjamin Kwok, Bournemouth University, NCCA. 2:12 mins. A fun quirky, visual effects filled short about giant toys which live in our city. They have lived with us for a while and have started to integrate themselves into our day to day life with varying degrees of success.
  • Dear Diary dir. Julia Pressler. Bournemouth University, NCCA. 1:26 mins. If you found the diary of someone you liked, would you read it or not? This is the question ordinary guy Todd has to face in the animated short. His struggle with his own curiosity is presented in a simple but artistic way combining digital 2D silhouettes with modern 3D animations.
  • Dandelion dir. Tengs Sviggum, University of Glamorgan. 2:04 mins. A gentle breeze brings with it the seeds of change.
  • Azoic dirs. Jack Kersey, Anthony Green, David Khosab. Bournemouth University, NCCA. 2:12 mins. This project was an abstract piece, set in an entirely fictional world. It presents us with a visual journey through a world populated by computer inspired creatures and environments. In each scene there is a theme from nature built using computer components and other technology inspired devices.
  • Cosmo dir. Gregory Holgate, Arts University College, Bournemouth. 4:19 mins. Stuck in the rafters of a grand theatre, a lamp dreams of the spotlight.
  • Undercolour dir. Emanuela Gatto, NCCA, Bournemouth. 4:41 mins. Undercolour is a short animation, genre drama. It is based on Plato’s Myth of the Cave and it talks about an epiphany. Unfortunately the knowledge of truth generates a sense of alienation for the main character.
  • The Monster dir. Toby Dixon, Arts University College, Bournemouth. 3:29 mins. A brave little warrior and her trusty steed are on a quest to rid the forest of a monster. But is Little truly prepared for what will face her at the end of her journey?
  • Shell and Paddy dir.Thomas Spettel & Joseph Hill, University College, Falmouth. 4 mins. Paddy a low life scavenger finds a tasty snack which is Shell a cute looking bug whose hard shell protects him from anything with big teeth but maybe not hands. However small Shell has no intention of becoming a snack. It’s slapstick comedy in a weird but funny animal world.

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Dorchester Camera Club Photographic Exhibition at the Dorset County Museum

The Cobb by Richard Anders © 2013

The Cobb by Richard Anders © 2013

The highly popular Dorchester Camera Club annual exhibition opens on Saturday 15th June 2013 at Dorset County Museum. This year, in addition to the many photographs on display, there will also be projected images enabling members who do not produce prints to be represented.

Dorchester Camera Club currently has over 100 members, young and old, with a wide range of interests and experience.  The club meets regularly on Monday evenings in the Colliton Club in Dorchester.  Meetings may include visiting speakers, members showing their own work and demonstrations of practical applications.  There are also regular competitions and social events.

Anyone interested in joining the club should check the website on www.dorchestercameraclub.co.uk

The exhibition runs until Saturday 29th June, entry is FREE and many of the pieces are for sale.  Don’t forget to visit the Museum’s popular café for a drink and a slice of homemade cake while you are there.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Opening of new Photographic Archive at Dorset County Museum

Came House by Charles Cornish Browne © DCM

Came House by Charles Cornish Browne © DCM

A generous legacy has enabled Dorset County Museum to rebuild its Photographic Archive and to ensure its long-term future as a unique resource for Dorset. The sum of £100,000 was donated in 2011 by William Butcher, a former farm hand at Shipton Gorge Farm.

During the Second World War, Bill ran the farm – a reserved occupation – and patrolled Chesil Beach as part of his Home Guard duties, often up all night then going straight out at 5.00am to milk the cows by hand!  He and his wife Sylvia had a life-long interest in archaeology stemming from the discovery of prehistoric artefacts on the farm he worked.  They were both avid collectors and had amazing collections of boxes, tins, and old cider bottles.

Looking down High East Street with all the decorations for the visit of the Prince of Wales to the bath and West Show in 1887. © DCM

Looking down High East Street with all the decorations for the visit of the Prince of Wales to the bath and West Show in 1887. © DCM

Bill Butcher’s £100,000 legacy was used to completely rebuild the photographic archive, previously at risk from rain and flood damage, providing improved user facilities and a state-of-the-art storage capacity so that the collection can be both safeguarded and enlarged.  Dorset County Museum has almost 50,000 photographic prints, slides and negatives dating back to the mid-19th Century – images showing what life was like in Dorset parishes in times gone by, with an extensive biographic collection telling the story of Dorset people.

The new Dorset Photographic Archive is being officially opened on 14th June alongside the brand new “Bill Butcher Common Room” for use by volunteers and staff. For access to the Photographic Collection, contact Valerie Dicker on 01305 262735.

Dorset County Museum has many other projects for which donations would be most welcome.  If you are considering making or changing a will, giving to charity is easy and straightforward, and can pass on some excellent tax advantages as all legacies left to charities are free of inheritance tax.

By including Dorset County Museum in your will, you are helping to preserve its many collections and protect them for future generations. No matter how small your gift, your contribution will make a difference.  You may leave a donation to be used for general purposes, or, like Bill, you can specify a particular purpose for your legacy.