Local History

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Recently picking up the Audience Award for Best Humour at the Babelgum Animation Film Festival 2010 for his stop-motion animated, viral short – The History of Denim, Drew Roper runs the appropriately Black Country-coined Yamination Studiosfrom his studio at Light House, Wolverhampton. The History of Denim features the vocal talents of Mark Williams from the Harry Potter films, as Black Country foundry worker Johnny Roper tells us 'The TRUTH about denim.'Graduating from Southampton Solent University in November 2009, Drew chats about his recent festival win, bagging an all-star comic hero for the voice-over, and how his first professional commission evolved with Animation Forum West Midlands. [More]

Animating Africa United

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Popular kids road movie Africa United is currently riding high in the UK top 10 thanks to a good reception from audiences and critics alike, but it may come as a surprise that part of the film was animated in the West Midlands. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Carse & Waterman animated an already critically acclaimed, stop-motion dream sequence of the film, in which three children trek across Africa to try and get to the World Cup opening ceremony in South Africa. Intrigued, we quizzed AFWM member Gary Carse from Carse & Waterman about their involvement in this high-profile project. [More]