Sara Mullock has been appointed the new producer for the Channel 4/NMPFT Animator in Residence Scheme.
The scheme offers emerging animators the chance to develop their own original idea for a short film in the specially designed booth in the animation gallery at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. Their proposal will be presented to Channel 4, which will consider a full commission of the final production. Mullock will support each animator and help them develop their work.
Mullock joins the AIR Scheme with a wealth of experience, having worked for over 25 years in the U.K. and U.S. animation industries, including stints at Richard Williams Animation, Aardman Animations, Bare Boards Productions, Will Vinton Studios and Spitting Image.
An alumnus of AIR herself, Mullock said of her appointment: I am delighted to be part of AIR. The scheme provides exceptional opportunities for filmmakers: a viable budget, guaranteed support from experienced mentors and a transmission slot on Channel Four. I was very happy to produce an AIR film (COMBINATION SKIN) in 1996, and aim to help the animators develop their professionalism as well as their artistic skills.
Previous AIR alumni include Ruth Lingford, who now lectures at the National Film & Television School; Chris Shepherd, director of the BAFTA-nominated DAD'S DEAD and Steve Smith who has gone to set up animation collective TRUNK.
AIR will reopen for applications in January 2005. For more information about the scheme, go to www.a-i-r.info.