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Scene On Screen: Creating Animated Worlds Panel Discussion Tickets


Go deeper into the animated worlds featured in the Scene On Screen exhibition from the Cosgrove Hall Films Archive with a panel discussion featuring celebrated alumni Bridget Appleby and Barbara Biddulph (production design and art direction), alongside Joe Dembinski (animation and director of photography). This highly experienced panel, together with host Ric Michael, will explore how set design, props and lighting work together to bring animated worlds to life. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

About The Speakers

Bridget Appleby

Bridget worked for Cosgrove Hall Films for over 30 years as a designer and Art Director, earning a BAFTA for directing and art directing a stop motion adaption of The Reluctant Dragon. As Art Director, she was responsible for bringing together the characters, concept and worlds for stop motion animations such as Oakie Doke and Brambly Hedge.

Her style can be seen across Cosgrove Hall productions such as Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men for the BBC, Engie Benjy and Fifi and the Flowertots. She continues to work in the industry today.

Barbara Biddulph

Barbara began her career in animation by painting 'Danger Mouse' characters onto cels for Cosgrove Hall Films. She then led on designing and art directing on many shows including 'Bob the Builder' and 'The Clangers'.

She was concept designer and art director at Factory Create on 'Scream Street' and 'Strange Hill High’ and she’s worked with Mackinnon and Saunders on puppets, furring up characters for 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'. Most recently she has created adverts for 'Red Tractor' and NUMAN acting as designer and Art Director for the entire production process.

Joe Dembinski

Joe first worked as a paint and trace artist at Stop Frame Films and later as an animator on Noddy. He joined Cosgrove Hall at their new studios in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, working on Chorlton and the Wheelies and on Jamie and the Magic Torch.

His credits include The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Noddy, Cockleshell Bay and Kenny Everett’s Captain Kreman, The Wind in the Willows and The Reluctant Dragon. He moved to Hot Animation as a director and director of photography, working on Brambly Hedge, Bob the Builder, Rubberdubbers, Pingu and Thomas the Tank Engine from 35mm to a digital format.


120 minutes, incl. Q&A

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