Glass Cannon shed light on their business for Illuminating York and The Big Draw 2012
Speaking to Richard Jacobs (co-director of animation) and Anna Bennett Squire (managing director of Glass Cannon), we shed some light (teehee) on what’s going on for them this month.
“We’re mainly just publicising our event which will be part of York’s Big Draw and Illuminating York,” says Richard. “We are running an event at Bar Lane Studios, and it’s going to be called Animate With Light; we’re going to have lots of live animation, and some drawing games for young people.”
The reason that Glass Cannon were able to score the job with Illuminating York this year is testament to their hard work, dedication and persistence. “Way back in 2010, Lisa [who’s the other director of animation at Glass Cannon] and I wanted to work on a collaborative creative project, and we knew The Big Draw was coming up, so we decided to run an event for that which was animation workshops to be held at the Priory Street centre in York. We did some one-day workshops for children [8-to-12-years-old], it went really well, and we ended up winning a Big Draw Award!”
Coming back for their second Big Draw event in 2012, Glass Cannon will aim to make it more inclusive. Richard adds: “It’s not just for a younger audience, it’s going to be all-encompassing,” he says. “Doing Animate With Light means that the people who come along can see the results of their work immediately, and it ties in with Illuminating York.”
Alongside the film-making strand of Glass Cannon, there is also the education side of things. Indeed, it’s a strong part of the group’s remit to inspire “the next generation of animators and film-makers”.