10×10 is gearing up again. ECA’s annual project designed to terrify new students, invigorate the veterans and just keep us all incredibly busy for the 2 weeks that was meant to be a free reading period. 10 films in 10 days, with the only main rule being that each film must be completed within a 24 hour period.
This two week period is the opportunity to experiment and push the weirdest and most wonderful ideas that seep into our minds from the deep dark places we pretend don’t exist. With open possibilities and incredibly tight deadlines, the project is designed to relieve us of our inhibitions and to be fast and loose with our work.
Each year the project has become slightly larger with increased collaboration from other programmes at Edinburgh University such as MSc Composition for Film, and from colleagues farther away such as the animation students from New Bulgarian University and NATFA in Sofia, University of Salford, and composers from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem. In 2015 we managed to get 489 films completed, in 2016, 570 films, in 2017, 737 films and in 2018, 595 films (we may have been a little tired…).
Every year 2 days are selected with a special theme, this year is no different with the following themes –
- Friday February 22nd becoming “Ray Day” an opportunity to create work in response to Ray Harryhausen’s stopframe legacy in works such as Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Clash of the Titans.
- Friday March 1st will be “Santa’s Secret”. (Not quite the Christmas theme it seems) This theme will be selected by leading Columbian animator Carlos Santa.