Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TV Heaven!

At the weekend I visited the National Media Museum in Bradford. This was only a short drive away from Leeds and had some interesting exhibitions of photography and animation. The photography exhibition displays the work of Neeta Madahar, who gained the Bradford Fellowship in Photography award. Her works consists of both photography and video. This was quite interesting to see her work as she has studied a variety of subjects covering the artificial and natural world.

Drawings that Move: the Art of Joanna Quinn showcases the "highly individual approach to art and the business of animation". The work is found in sketchbooks, comic strips, character drawings and videos of her work. The exhibition demonstrates where she found her inspiration, who helped her with some of her characters and films and also showed the awards she has been given for her animations. She is well known for films such as Girls Night Out (1986), Britannia (1993), Dreams and Desires (1986). She has worked not only in film, but also in advertising, such as the Charmin toilet roll adverts.

The rest of the museum has different area for all ages, there is the Kodak Gallery, The IMAX Cinema, Experience TV & TV Heaven floor, the Magic Factory, the Animation Gallery, the Profiles Gallery and the On Location and Action Zones. The most interesting floors were the Experience TV & TV Heaven, the Magic Factory and the Animation Gallery.

The Experience TV & TV Heaven floor gave an insight to radio stations, advertising, news and television production. With its very own "blue screen" it allows you to see how backgrounds are created for the weather broadcasts and films. You can produce your very own news broadcast you can be a cameraman for a television show. The Magic Factory helps people of all ages learn how light behaves and the Animation Gallery looks at the different types of animation, such as Wallace and Gromit; and the Simpsons. You can see 3D characters from films and cartoons and look at how animations have changed over the years.

If you're planning on viewing this museum I'd recommend you spend the whole day there, there is so much to see and do, it's very interesting for everyone and all the exhibitions are free!

Images are from my camera, including those of the map of the museum and a postcard from one of the exhibitions.

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