A fun day today: I was invited to screen The Last Belle to an enthusiastic audience at Southampton Solent University, and afterwards did a Q&A with the students who are currently studying animation there.
It's always incredibly energising to meet students, some of whom will eventually be the 'new blood' of the industry. And it's equally inspiring for me to see how many young students still have a passion for drawn animation, and want to see it as a viable career path alongside the digital/3D technology. The magic of watching drawings that think, walk and talk, never seems to fade, generation after generation.
Thanks to Charles MacRae and the other faculty members who made me feel so welcome, and to the students for asking a bunch of very smart questions.