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We’re having a party!

This coming Wednesday, January the 11th, we’re having a launch party for Word In Motion at XOYO in Shoreditch.

We don’t want to give too much away at the moment but expect a fantastic night filled with poetry, animation and good times!

Keep ’em peeled for more details coming very soon.

Posted 06/01/2012

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Scroobius Pip & Matt & Fu (12foot6)

Scroobius Pip’s on the firm! A very exciting addition to the roster we’re sure you’ll agree. The supremely talented Matt & Fu from design house 12foot6 are getting to grips with Scroobius’ words and we know it’s gonna be great!

Scroobius Pip Lyrebird Session#1

Lyrebird session #1: Scroobius Pip. from Spindle Films on Vimeo.

Some Dog Judo from 12foot6

Judo Fan from Dog Judo on Vimeo.

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Dan Simpson & James Bates

Dan brings his idiosyncratic style to Word In Motion and is animated by James Bates who has the envious task of creating two pieces for us!

Dan Simpson performing at the Canterbury Slam

James’ video for The Loose Salute – Why’d We Fight?

The Loose Salute – Why’d We Fight? from james bates on Vimeo.

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Inua Ellams & Jonathan McKee

We’re delighted to have Inua Ellams on board for Word In Motion and he’s been a tremendous supporter of the project since day one. His piece is being brought to life by rising star of the animation world Jonathan McKee.

Inua Ellams – Candy Coated Unicorns And Converse Allstars

Jonathan McKee – The Dreamcatcher

The Dreamcatcher – D&AD 1st Prize, Animation category from Jonathan Mckee on Vimeo.

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Imogen Wethered & Martin Shannon

Imogen is another poet who came to us through the Word In Motion submission process. Her fantastic poem receives the animation treatment from Martin Shannon.

More from Imogen can be found at her website.

Here’s a link to Martin’s showreel

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Emily Berry & James Bates

2008 Eric Gregory Award winner Emily Berry will see her poem transformed by artist, designer and animator James Bates.

Emily Berry at STANZA

James’ video for The Magnetic Band – Summergirl

Summergirl video for The Magnetic Band from james bates on Vimeo.

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Courttia Newland & Trunk

So, Happy New Year! A little late maybe but it’s all go here at Smile For London. As the launch of Word In Motion draws ever closer we’re finalising details for our impending launch party and preparing ourselves for the final slog.

Lot’s more collaborations to unveil so it’s time we unleashed a few more on you…

We’re very pleased to have the hugely talented writer and playwright Courttia Newland on board. He’s been an eager supporter of the project and has supplied us with a fine poem. This poem will be animated by the equally talented Lore&Jun from Trunk.

Courttia Newland

Lore&Jun Narwhal – Whirling Ceremony

Narwhal- Whirling Ceremony from Trunk Animation on Vimeo.

Posted 04/01/2012

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Kate Elizabeth Bentley & 12foot6

We don’t have much information about Kate other than her own description of herself as ‘one of London’s most mediocre and unprolific young poets’! We tend to disagree and hope you will too when you see her poem which is being given life by Simon Testro from 12foot6.

Here’s an example of some of 12foot6’s work. A few walks…

12foot6 Walks from 12foot6 on Vimeo.

Posted 04/01/2012

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Nikesh Shukla & Trunk

Nikesh is author of the great novel Coconut Unlimited and an accomplished poet and musician. His poem, evoking London’s myriad fried chicken outlets, is being transformed by Alasdair & Jock from the supremely talented Trunk agency.

Nikesh Shukla – The Great Identity Swindle

Alasdair & Jock’s video for Clinic – Bubblegum

Clinic – Bubblegum from Alasdair & Jock on Vimeo.

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Natasha Warren & George Smyth

Self styled ‘part-time poet’ Natasha Warren came to Word In Motion through our submissions request and she’s paired up with motion artist George Smyth

You can follow Natasha’s musings on twitter here:

And here’s a recent showreel from George

George Smyth Motion Graphics Showreel 2011 from George Smyth on Vimeo.

Posted 04/01/2012

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