Monthly Archives: November 2009

Brothers McLeod and Christmas Social – Dec 17th

Fabulous news, our guest animators have confirmed they will visit us on December 17th for our final meeting of 2009.

The award winning, BAFTA nominated Brothers McLeod (Greg and Myles) have a track record in creating animation for TV, web, and film. They are represented by Aardman Animations as Commercials Directors and have directed campaigns for Skittles, Stena Line, and Guinness amongst others. They have written and directed series for BBC (Pedro and Frankensheep) and Tate Galleries (Art Sparks), and written for a range of TV, Games and web projects (Noddy, SpongeBob SquarePants, NHS Relationships and Sex). They have a well established YouTube channel and have had several internet successes including Spamland and Fuggy Fuggy which was picked up by MTV and Mondo Media. In 2009, they were nominated for a BAFTA in the Short Animation category for their film Codswallop.

Check out loads of their animations online on the Brothers McLeod web site, You Tube channel, subscribe to Twitter updates, oh all of that!

As it’s the Christmas period, we’ll be having pizza, beer, juice and anything else you can bring yourself, and running the Dreamweaver group Adobe software raffle ($2,000 dollars worth up for grabs).

And please bring along your own short animations to show us too, to keep with the animation theme for the evening, or just be prepared to show us your favourite online animation.

Here’s the deal: a one minute recommendation or presentation = one pizza meal!

When: Thursday December 17th 7:30pm – 9:30pm, and afterwards most likely at the Rusty Bicycle pub.

Where: OFVM, Film Oxford. Map here:

This week – Friday 20th Nov 7:30 Meeting

In November at OFVM Film Oxford the Adobe User Group will focus on imaging software, and the Flash User Group are visited by Mike Ellis who will talk about LiveCycle.

Since the acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe, they have been busy integrating the Flash and PDF technologies. The best example of this is their LiveCycle Enterprise Suite platform. Livecycle is a J2EE server based platform for delivering improved user experiences and document automation. It is an area that runs in parallel with the main developments in the Flash platform so this session will be of interest to Flash and PDF developers/designers alike.

The presenter, Michael Ellis, formally of Adobe Systems, has now set up a company focused on the use of Livecycle. He will explain what the platform is, how the underlying technologies are being used, and why this is very relevant to those interested in Adobe technologies.

Alun Ward will take us through the Adobe tool for editing images online and integrating with online photo collections like Flickr.

Glenn Clarkson will show how he created an award-winning presentation for a housing association using Illustrator, Photoshop and PowerPoint.

Bring along a friend or colleague, there will be lots of opportunities for networking with likeminded creatives.

OFVM Film Oxford are here:

P.S. A little local band promotion:  Les Clochards are performing free at The Chester Arms, off Iffley Rd, not too far away, from 9pm on.