May News: Animation, Theatre and BAFTA Jury Duty, et al

May has come around very fast… a little too fast for my liking, but then again they do say time flies when you’re having fun, which 2013 certainly has been so far.

I’ve scored two more animations for Kilogramme for their client Kaspersky of internet security fame. The first one I worked on with them just won a prestigious advertising award, which is always nice to hear.

The score for Red Star’s latests 3D CG animation is very close to completion, just a couple of resyncs before it goes to mix at Pinewood next week.

Slung Low’s 15 Minutes Live in February was another wonderful experience, scoring 5 new short radio plays and conducting the five-piece band. Click here to hear recordings of the plays on the Slung Low site.

In March I had a lovely, random jaunt down to BAFTA to sit on the TV Craft jury for Original Music. Have to say… I was a little daunted but ended up having a whale of a time arguing the various merits of some gorgeous scores. Congratulations to Steven Warbeck on winning with his score to Henry IV.

Blogging took a little bit of an upswing in the last couple of months, especially with an unprecedented series of #wpad posts… which ended abruptly when work got a touch more hectic. I did rather enjoy the run though, especially with the prompts, the emphasis taken away from the words and instead put on the photos. I think I may have overfaced myself with pairing up the topics with music I’ve written for other things. I’m still considering how I might incorporate photo-blogging into this site as a way of keeping it more fresh, but also how it might be more relevant. It was also good fun to do the series in tandem with my other half.

Since the beginning of the year it also seems there have been a whole host of new opportunities for fun in the vegan realm. Two groups have sprung up in Sheffield alone, and it felt quite lovely to help out with the Vegan Approach here, putting 12 years of experience (and a lifetime’s worth of general veggieness before that) to good use. Interest in this lifestyle (cos that’s what it is, not just a diet, it’s a philosophy for life, a moral baseline) is most definitely on the rise, which was clearly in evidence at the Northern Vegan Festival with the queues snaking down the street in central Manchester. Cruelty-free, compassionate living is getting easier by the day.

The Arthur C Clarke Award last Wednesday wasa jolly lot of fun, including the ‘Write The Future’ conference which was held during the day at The Royal Society in London. So many brilliant, mind-expanding science-fact and -fiction talks and panels; sometimes the line separating the two was to blurry to distinguish! Lots to think about and mull.

In summary, an excellent start 2013. Keep up the good work.

Photo by Wes Hicks on Unsplash

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