This Way Up directed by Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes (only a fragment I'm afraid) was commissioned for The Animation Show by the BBC and I saw it at the Bradford Animation Festival last Friday. It tells the tale of two hapless undertakers who undertake rather more than they planned. (Strap line: "Laying the dead to rest has never been so much trouble.") It has that sense of style about it that distinguishes the class act. One of a collection of talented individuals recruited by top London agency Nexus, Alan and Adam have achieved several major awards since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1997. The movie in question has commenced a long line of awards commencing with the Mundos Digitales Festival in Spain and taking in Ottawa where it won the Audience Public Prize for Best Short Film. Christopher O'Reilly worked with the pair on the script and as one of a number of producers. It is too easy, for lack of space, to miss out the actual animators so I'm not going to: Antoine Bourruel, Boris Lowinger, Dominic Griffiths, James Wilson, Mark Davies, Mélanie Climent, Reece Millidge, Roly Edwards, Steve Brown, and Stuart Doig. The guys' website and blog are worth a visit as is their employers.