Heidi Carmichael: Actress, writer and producer and Q&A host
Heidi trained at the Arts Educational Schools, London gaining a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. She has since worked successfully in a variety of West End, fringe theatre and short films. In addition to Spectrum East, she most recently appeared as Michelle for Sky Living’s comedy series Venus Vs Mars. Heidi started writing in 2011, beginning with comedy sketches. She then wrote and produced her first Short Film, Crumbs – a comedy/drama which made it’s British premiere at the Electric Cinema andgained selection to ten film festivals internationally, as well as being shortlisted for the final 12 films at the Set The Scene Competition for CineMe.
Since Crumbs, Heidi has continued work as a Producer on the internationally award winning Short Films, ‘Game Over’ and ‘The Voice in the Head’. Heidi is currently working on her debut comedy/drama Feature – The Quarter, which was optioned in 2015 by Big Man Films and Traveller Films.
Jacqueline Haigh: Writer/Director/Performer
Following an early career in theatre as a performer/writer, working extensively with legendary director Ken Campbell and in improvised/sketch comedy, Jacqueline now focuses on making work for the screen. Her first comedy short Ex premiered at the Academy accredited LA Shorts Fest and was shortlisted for the BBC New Filmmakers Award. She is just finishing post production on a short drama The Elder and her next comedy short Goddess has been shortlisted for Film London funding. She made Do You Come Here Often? a comic documentary about reincarnation for Channel 4, has a sit com in development with 2LE Media, a children’s sketch show for CBBC, and her rom com feature script is in development with Nine Acre Films, for whom she script edited their upcoming animated feature Amazing Ray, produced by Kevin Loader. She has an MA in Scriptwriting from Goldsmiths, on a scholarship from Stewart Till, former chair UKFC, and studied Fiction Directing at NFTS.
Penny Hilton: Writer Director Producer
Penny Hilton’s work is mainly in short film, usually with a strong emphasis on graphic design.
Her early career was in advertising and with a clutch of awards under her belt, moved on to concentrate on writing and directing films around social issues. Along the way she has produced content for the BBC, Channel 4, Viacom and Sky as well as for the NHS and a whole host of NGOs in between. Over the last 10 years she has underpinned her own professional practice with teaching and has lead the Graphic Moving Image MA at the London College of Communication University of the Arts.
Penny’s interests have culminated around the link between moving image and mental health. Through a series of live projects, Penny’s research explores the idea that specifically designed film could have a direct impact on stress and anxiety. One of these projects is in collaboration with the Eating Disorders Unit at the Maudsley, where she has produced a series of animated films for research into recovery, investigating design factors that might affect mood and encourage a change in behaviour. She is going to show an early test from this on-going research, to discuss on the evening.
Georgina Ferguson Director, designer and animator
Georgina is a freelance director, designer and animator living in London. She has a varied portfolio having created video, interactive and immersive design for fashion, museum and corporate projects. She has recently won much acclaim for her most recent animation about her experience of the 7/7 bombings; media recognition included broadcast and appearance on BBC News Channel and BBC Radio 4, national and international on-line magazines and newspapers.
Lana Abdelhady Producer, storyteller, animator
Driven by an unquenched thirst for the motion design industry, Lana has completed five years of undergraduate study, earning a First in Media Design from the German University in Cairo, Egypt. Following this, she recently completed her Masters of Arts degree, graduating with a First in Graphic Moving Image at the University of the Arts London, London College of Communication.
Most of Lana’s work has been dedicated towards problem solving, and reducing convoluted matters into their simplest complex form. She finds it to be an exciting challenge to be able to communicate through a screen, tell stories and express emotions only through visuals. Lana’s last project included a year-long research through Cognitive Psychology, specifically about creativity and the creative block, in a humble attempt to understand and project the true nature of the block.
Dagmara Rudkin: painter, animator, puppet and prop maker
Dagmara Rudkin is a Brighton-based visual artist and a tutor of Art and Design. Her practice crosses the boundaries of Fine Art, design and craft. Her recently completed MA course at the University of Brighton (for which she was awarded Distinction) dealt with the narrative nature of objects and materials and she used animations, paintings, illustrations and puppetry performance to tell cautionary stories for children. She is currently working on an animation for adults -retelling of the Greek myth ‘The Story of Persephone’ in which she is exploring our longing to arrest time, resurrection and the Feminine Principle.
‘The Story of Henny Penny’ is a 10-minute children’s and adult stop motion and live action animation that shows the danger of giving in to your vices and taking shortcuts suggested by a smooth-talking, ever-so-sly fox with his sharp teeth made out of dolls’ fingers and toes. http://dagmararudkin.com
All filmmakers/animators will be present at the Giddy Up event for Q & A after screenings.