Brian Borthwick (1930-2015)

Brian Borthwick died on November 16th, the day by some strange co-incidence I was in the Imperial War Museum viewing one of his first films made for Halas & Batchelor in 1946, Coastal Navigation. He would have been around 16 at the time. You can read his biography here My memories of Brian are that he was always working away in the background; my parents depended on his skills as a model maker, draftsman, artist, animator and technician. He was someone who enjoyed solving problems as well as initiating ideas. One summer in »

Pencil test

In 1959 Halas & Batchelor sought to break into television and make the first financially viable British produced animation series. The foundation of that approach was literally pencil thin. This is how their new breakthough was reported in the 12 September 1959 edition of "Television Mail" - a weekly industrial periodical for the commercial television sector. New Pencil Cuts Cartoon Costs With the arrival of the cellgraph pencil, which is specially manufactured by a leading pencil company in Britain in association with Halas and Batchelor, the largest company, producing animated films in Britain, a phenomenal reduction in the costs of »