31st July, 2012 at 6:30pm
A Summer of Learning — David Wilson
| YCN — Free

On July 31st, we enjoyed a visit from illustrator, animator and director David Wilson, who stopped by YCN to share insights into his working process.

As part of our summer-long series of talks, classes and events, David presented a selection of some of his most recent moving image projects to an assembled audience of creative practitioners in the YCN Shop & Library.

Kicking off with his first foray into the world of music videos, the mesmerising promo for Moray McLaren's We Got Time, David proceeded to discuss the processes involved in making the hugely popular promos for Metronomy's single The Bay and Pelican by The Maccabees. David also professed his love for the idea of a "making of…" documentary, something he regularly produces for his own music videos. He discussed how he considers these types of films to be self-promotional tools, offering potential clients the opportunity to see exactly who he is and how he works.

David then went on to share some of his inspirations with us, including a countdown of his top five favourite video morphs of all time (which featured this clip from The Naked Gun 33 1/3) and several pictures random picked from his folder of favourite images found online.

David concluded his talk by introducing the below piece, which he recently directed for Adam Buxton's new SkyAtlantic show BUG.

Following the talk, David took part in a Q&A session with the audience, during which he described how his experience has differed working on both animation and live action films, and shared the golden rules he likes to follow to ensure every moving image project he works on runs smoothly. These include establishing the direction of the piece as early as possible, dedicating plenty of time to storyboarding and to always double checking that other aspects of the project you might not be responsible for are being dealt with, as simply assuming that they are can be detrimental to progress.

Finally, David introduced a new book to the YCN Lending Library, Alain de Botton's Religion for Atheists.

Event Details
  • Location:
    72 Rivington Street,
    London, EC2A 3AY,
    United Kingdom
  • Start:
    31st July, 2012 at 6:30pm
  • End:
    31st July, 2012 at 8:00pm

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