Written by Mark Collington (R. 1991-94)
Thursday, 23 March 2006

I cannot believe it is almost four year's since I last visited the Pelican website. and twelve since I left Brighton College. My generation is far too young to habitually check the obituaries, but we are starting to produce the next generation of Brightonians, and also compare premature greying or hair loss. though I still have mine.

For my part since my last stream of consciousness in 2002, I left the cosy life of animation in Shrewsbury and moved to bohemian Paris where I worked as a concept and branding artist for a fashion menswear company. In 2004 I became a dad and since then have been working as a senior lecturer in BA (Hons) Animation Production at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

It has been an exciting year at work with the animation department forming part of the Bournemouth Screen Academy, launched by screen writer / film director Anthony Minghella last week, as one of the first six centres of excellence specializing in film production in the UK. Far from wishing to blow the trumpet of the Arts Institute at Bournemouth I would gladly receive enquiries from any Brightonians who might consider film or animation as an alternative study option in higher education.
Personally, I have just finished directing an animated short 'Alphabetic', as part of a series of Arts Council England commissions to be screened as part of Project Poetry at the Gardener Arts Centre during the Brighton Festival. I also recently produced a fashion illustration for the rebranding of Moyses Stevens, the Sloane Street florist chain in London.

Both inspired by fatherhood, my next project is to collaborate with Michael Flexer (best remembered for his writing and acting talents), on an illustrated children's book. Parenthood is my proudest experience, and I would love to catch-up with any of my contemporaries who may also have become parents.

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