Michael Salkeld then and now

Sheepdog drawing by a young Michael Salkeld.

Animation by a Young Film Maker was an article written for Animator’s newsletter issue 2 autumn 1982 by Michael Salkeld. At the time he had just become the winner of the BBC Young Filmmakers competition.

I thought it would be interesting to see if he had gone on to follow a career in animation. An Internet search turned up a profile of Michael Salkeld on the Axis online resource for contemporary art.

Michael says “I am an artist working in animation, capturing the subliminal rhythms of movement and refining them within the animation as a choreographed graphic representation. For me animation is choreography and visual orchestration. I have worked in a variety of techniques ranging from hand drawn and painted animation to 2d and 3d computer CGI and video. I also compose music.”

In October 2009 two films by Michael, “I am a horse” and “North Circular”, were projected on to the classical frontage and portico of Civic Hall Millennium Square Leeds, as part of Lumen’s programme in the Light Night festival.

His film “North Circular” was screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival 2009, Montréal. Canada and “I am a horse” was screened at the Melbourne International Animation Festival 2009, Australia.

Michael Salkeld’s recent awards include “A little More Fun Animation” at the Moves 2007 Festival, Manchester, UK.

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