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Award-winning animation director Tim Webb is Senior Tutor on the Animation programme at the Royal College of Art. He has worked at the RCA since 1996, and became a member of the Higher Education Academy in 2007. Alongside teaching at the College, in his research he has developed interactive editing workshops, which are accessed through the College Intranet, and presented a number of RCA animation retrospectives. Tim Webb's films have a proven longevity through repeated festival screenings, DVD sales and broadcast. He has made commissioned work for Channel 4 and Arts Council England.
Having abandoned a career in dental technology to study animation, Tim Webb worked for several years as a freelance animator, before being commissioned by Channel 4 to devise and direct his first multi award-winning film, A is for Autism (1992). This film is considered seminal in the history of animated documentary and continues to be under discussion in books, PhD theses and international screenings, including Animation in Context, Mark Collington (Bloomsbury, 2016) that includes an extensive analysis of the film and interviewShow more
Tim went on to direct 15th February, an Arts Council England/Channel 4 'animate!' film, which also won several prizes, including the 1995 ICA Dick Award as ‘the most provocative, innovative and subversive short film of the year’, and the main prize at the first Poetry Film Festival, ZEBRA, Berlin 2002. In 1996 he co-directed Crayon Box, a 90-second public service announcement for USA television at Pizazz Pictures(Studio AKA) and directed a 5 minute sequence on Silence, Halo Productions – a multi award-winning Channel 4 animation film, which included storyboarding, colour design, layouts and animation. He wrote, directed and animated the BAFTA-nominated Six of One Creative Film Productions for Channel 4 in 2000. His first digital film, Mr Price, a reflection on illusions and representation from mid-life, was selected as one of the ‘animate!’ 2003 slate of projects. More recently he has worked on commercials, created the short film, Happy Returns, was awarded an artist-in-residency at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore and has been commissioned to produce a special animated sequence on Gumball - Cartoon Network.
Tim has taught at various universities and colleges over the last fifteen years including the National Film and Television School, Tainan National University of the Arts Taiwan and the Animation Workshop in Visborg, Denmark. He has acted as external examiner and validation panel member for a number of universities around the UK and has also devised and run a number of international animation workshops including Brazil and Croatia. He is frequently asked to be a member of international animation juries for festivals, which have included Korea, Russia, Germany, Norway, Italy, Slovenia and the UK and delivered a keynote at SICAF, Korea in 2016.
Tim is currently developing film projects, graphic novels and installation for potential commission.
Tim Webb is essentially a drawn animation filmmaker. His work is narrative-driven with attention to structure. His films often combine montages of animation with live action. He has a number of projects in development. He is currently working on a 30-minute, fully animated absurdist comedy on global economics, which uses a Somalia goat market as the vehicle for the story. The film is based on an existing story the first story ever to be printed in the Financial Times.Show more
Tim Webb has contributed to animation/editing conferences in Slovenia, Italy, Norway and Brazil. He has been a member of many international juries.Show more
He has also been a guest lecturer in Leipzig-Germany Slovenia and Hungary where he presented RCA staff and student retrospectives.
Personal research at the film and sound archive at the Imperial War Museum led to a ongoing collaboration with the Animation Department at the RCA. The Lip-synch Workshop has used sound excerpts from the archive for the last four years.
Tim Webb's film Six of One was chosen as a special script analysis screening at the Brussels Animation Festival (2001), and as a support to Double Indemnity (directed by Billy Wilder, 1944) at the BFI Passport to Cinema screenings (2010).
Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes
2009: In Your Own Words – article for a collection of thematic articles, which aim to give insight into the experience of teaching at the Royal College of Art, commissioned by the Learning and Teaching committee.Show more
Six of One and 15th February both screened on www.4mations.tv.
15th February and Mr Price both available on Animate Projects.
15th February chosen by Clare Kitson in a Channel 4 retrospective screening shown all over the world over 2008–9 including Brussels, Stuttgart and Melbourne, and featured in Imagine Magazine 2008.
A is for Autism featured in Clare Kitson, The Channel 4 Factor, 2009 and on British Film Institute Education website.
Tim Webb’s research is based on developing personal projects with the aim of seeking funding. He has also developed studio workshops and interactive workshops for students, which encourage some of his approaches to filmmaking.
He has developed a three-part film-editing workshop on the themes ‘structure’, ‘continuity and discontinuity’ and ‘rhythm and time’. The Research Development Fund supported the initial research and a Teaching Fellowship further development. A large part of the Teaching Fellowship was adapting it to work and communicate interactively on the College intranet, which is currently up and running.