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 http://www.animatormag.com/archive/issue-21/issue-21-page-27/ 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 »

Halas & Batchelor at 40 - a Hungarian perspective

To mark the 40th anniversary of Halas & Batchelor in the early 80s, John and Joy co-produced a four part documentary series on the history of their company for Hungarian television. Understandably given its origins, one of the most valuable parts of the series is the insight into the early years of John's career in Hungary. The video below is an extract discussing this period, and begins with an interview with Sándor Bortnyik, an interesting Hungarian artist and designer who become involved in the Bauhaus in Weimar after moving there in 1922. As we learn in this clip, back in »