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Midlands Movies Spotlight - Animator Thomas Crook

By midlandsmovies, Jul 17 2015 09:16AM

Midlands Movies Mike gets “cheesy” with Thomas Crook, a Nottingham based animator who has a talent for cartoons and quirky characters. We ‘draw’ some conclusions from this talented artist and speak to him about his latest endeavours…

Graduating from Staffordshire University in the West Midlands, Thomas Crook has seen a bout of success in 2015 from festivals, online showcases and screenings across the region.

A few years ago, his short animation “Cheesemen: The Movie” was selected by the West Midlands Culture Programme to be shown on the big screen at the Glastonbury Festival. It was screened at the “Village Screen” section during the June festival where it received great praise. The film was also submitted for inclusion in the 2012 BBC Live site which showed shorts on open-space big screens around the UK.

“I am passionate about drawing and specialise in 2d animation,” says Thomas. “Character design and storyboarding is important to me and I also possess strong skills in model-making and sculpting”, he adds, demonstrating his love for a wide variety of animation methods.

Thomas’s other films include “Afro Goblin and Chums” which along with “Cheesemen” was also shown at the Portobello Film Festival and was nominated in their Best Animation Awards category.

Bouncing off this successful start, the films would not only be nominated but would even win at the next prestigious film festival they were submitted in. The Gedling Film Festival of 2014 saw Thomas pick up the best animation film and the long, arduous process of animation had come full circle as his work gets better acknowledgement across the UK.

Thomas adds. “I was over the moon when I received an email to say "Afro Goblin and Chums" had won best film in the animation category! I met up with the organisers to collect the lovely award and certificate at the Broadway cinema in Nottingham”.

But what’s next for Thomas’s creations I ask?

“Well, I have completed over half of the rough pencil drawings for "Cheesemen the Movie 2," however the film is on hold at the moment as I was busy exploring different technology to tackle the inking and colouring part. I don't think my current old software will do the characters justice as the world has moved on with HD technology”.

With another showing of “Cheesemen” at The Film Open at New Art Exchange Nottingham where directors can also introduce their work, Thomas is ploughing hard to get the next sequels and episodes finished for hopefully another successful run at the festivals in 2015 and beyond.

Please check out Thomas’s website at: http://thomascrook9.wix.com/thomascrookfilms

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