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Carol Cooper by Carol Cooper on 17th April 2019

From candlelit cave paintings to spectacular Spider-verses, mankind's been making moving drawings for millennia and, as far back as the late 1800s, adland has been harnessing its magical powers. Carol Cooper chats to industry magicians about the state of the animation nation today.

12th Apr
From diversity to digitisation, what are the big issues in casting today?

From diversity to digitisation, what are the big issues in casting today?

Ahead of the CDA 2019, three top casting directors unpack this year's talking points and trends.

11th Apr
Calm down, dear: it’s only advertising; The universal fight against emotional women

Calm down, dear: it’s only advertising; The universal fight against emotional women

This month Amy Kean wonders why we're afraid of emotion, especially when it's displayed by women. If emotion can help Captain Marvel storm the box office and save the universe then we should be harnessing it, not holding it back.

11th Apr
PES: The Way I See It

PES: The Way I See It

The master of stop-motion talks to Jamie Madge about tweaking reality and twisting perception.

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How to... create empathy through animation How to... create empathy through animation
10th Apr

Howto...createempathythroughanimation

Animation is the format we turn to when telling difficult stories, and it can deliver new levels of human empathy and imagination, argues Kelsey Hodgkin, EVP, Head of Strategy at Deutsch Los Angeles.

10th Apr
Should consumers be wary of animated influencers?

Should consumers be wary of animated influencers?

The explosion of influencer marketing on social media has highlighted some strange and inhuman hitchhikers. International creative services company, The Moon Unit, dives into this weird world, examining the creators, and the curious ethical issues that surround them.

28th Mar
Too punny for words

Too punny for words

From the Economist's classic print ads to Domino’s cheesy pun-generating bot, Tim Cumming explores the weird and wonderful world of wordplay in advertising.

27th Mar
How To... master the art of choreography

How To... master the art of choreography

Director and lord of the dance, Caviar's Henry Scholfield, breaks down the language of movement in film.

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When it comes to 'branded comedy', fortune favours the brave When it comes to 'branded comedy', fortune favours the brave
25th Mar

Whenitcomesto'brandedcomedy',fortunefavoursthebrave

With the 'digital guillotine' poised to fall on brands who stick out their necks for laughs, Hughie Phillips, co-founder and MD of MindsEye, argues that risks are nonetheless worth taking.

20th Mar
How to… make diversity about more than just a day

How to… make diversity about more than just a day

International Women’s Day, Pride and Black History Month are important dates in the calendar, but real diversity can only be achieved through constant effort and progress, argues Eira Ellis, Head of Creative Production at Hogarth Worldwide.

18th Mar
It's a funny business

It's a funny business

Is humour still a crucial part of advertising? Has the Trump/Brexit axis of twattery and other woes of the world nudged mirth off the menu? Has snowflakery pushed us from joke to woke? Carol Cooper and industry pros take a look at lols in adland.

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