Ms Julia Bracegirdle

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About me

MA Animation - Co-Leader
BA (Hons.) Animation - Senior Lecturer and Module Leader

Art Direction and Production Design for Animation
Short filmmaking
Animation Pedagogy and course design
Character Design
Pre-school animation 

My background includes 20 years working internationally in the animation industry. This work led to guest teaching at The Animation Workshop, Denmark where I have worked as an external examiner and guest lecturer. I also teach innovative design workshops at Lego in Denmark.

I am currently External Examiner at Falmouth University on the BA Animation programme.

Area of expertise

Finding Faces (2022) Experimental approaches to Character Design. Lego Campus, Billund, Denmark

From Harryhausen to Aardman: The Evolution of Stop-motion Animation (2019) Panel Discussion with Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation. M Shed, Bristol

Theories on the use of Theatrical Esotropia in Character Design & Performance (2019) Society of Animation Studies Conference, Lisbon  link 

Art of Chaos, Installation Art (2017) The Ditch, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music.

1928: Visual Music and Mickey Mousing (2017) Talk delivered at the Royal Academy of Music, London  

Annual Pre-School Animation Symposium (2017 – 2020) Devised and organised, guest speakers from academia at UWE and animation industry. UWE City Campus, Bristol

Animation: An Impossible Course (2016) A talk about the complexities of designing Animation programmes. Semaine Digital Conference, Bordeaux. 

How the Pictures Learnt to Walk (2012 -2014) A collaborative project with Professor Birgit Beumers, funded by the University of Bristol with digital development by Aerian Studios. The touchtable was designed to bring pre-cinema assets and devices to life. Exhibited at: Museo del Precinema Minici Zotti, Padua (2013); International Stummfilmtage, Bonn (2013); Playable City Event, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol (2014); Permanent collection, Bristol University Theatre Museum (since 2015) Link

Trickfilm & Caligari (2010) Gallery Talk about The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) during 'Journey Out of Darkness' exhibition, New Walk Museum, Leicester

The Art of Anticipation: How Animation depicted the possibilities of Space Exploration (2008) Visualising Space: Animating the Universe symposium, National Space Centre, Leicester


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