Ian Emes

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Ian Emes
Born Ian Ronald Emes
(1949-08-17) 17 August 1949 (age 67)
Birmingham, England
Nationality British
  • British Academy Award (2)
  • Oscar nomination
Website ianemes.com
Patron(s) Pink Floyd

Ian Ronald Emes (born 17 August 1949;[1] is a British animator[2][3] and film director, from Handsworth, Birmingham, England,[1] known for his work with Pink Floyd,[2][4] who have used his animated films as back-projections in concert[2] and released them as extras on their DVDs.[2] He now lives in London,[5] is married[1] and a father.[1]


Emes' father was Ronald Emes, a Birmingham policeman who trained the British canoe team for four Olympic Games.[1] Emes was educated at Marsh Hill Boys Technical School in Birmingham's Erdington district[6] and then studied at Bristol.[6]


Emes' first major work, 'French Windows', was started while he was subsequently a student at Birmingham College of Art[1] and finished while he was unemployed.[6] It was set to the Pink Floyd recording "One of These Days".[1] After it was shown at Birmingham's Ikon Gallery,[1] it was screened on the television programme The Old Grey Whistle Test,[1] and thereby came to the attention of Pink Floyd.[1] The band invited Emes to give them a private screening,[1] and afterwards to make films to be projected during performances of The Dark Side of the Moon.[1] His animation for their song "Time" is on Pink Floyd's Pulse DVD.[2] He subsequently worked with Roger Waters, making live action film for his performance of The Wall – Live in Berlin.

As a result of his work for Pink Floyd, Linda McCartney asked Emes to animate Wings' "Oriental Nightfish".[1][7][8] He has also made animations for concerts by Mike Oldfield,[6] and directed The Chauffeur for Duran Duran.[9]

In 1983, Emes received the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film for his short live action film, Goodie Two Shoes,[1] which was then nominated for an Oscar;[1] he later received another BAFTA for co-directing the children’s TV series, Bookaboo.[1] Five years later, he directed an episode of The Comic Strip Presents..., The Yob with writer Keith Allen also in the title role and featuring a brief appearance by Allen's daughter Lily, then a toddler.[10] In July–September 2010, 'French Windows' was again exhibited at Birmingham's Ikon gallery, together with original cels.[4][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Jackson, Lorne (6 August 2010). "The wild ideas of Birmingham film-maker Ian Emes". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus,. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7. 
  3. ^ Emes, Ian. "Ian Emes Filmmaker and Artist". Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b This Could Happen To You: Ikon in the 1970s, exhibition programme, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England, July 2010
  5. ^ "Flickr: Ian Emes". Flickr. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d Interview given by Emes at Ikon, 18 August 2010
  7. ^ "MPL Music Publishing Inc". Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  8. ^ "Oriental Nightfish (1978)". BFI. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  9. ^ "Ian Emes Retrospective: 'Visual Mastermind behind The Dark Side of the Moon' (12)". Artsfest programme. Birmingham City Council. 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ian Emes Presents…(15)". Artsfest programme. Birmingham City Council. 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ian Emes' 'French Windows' and Pink Floyd's 'One of These Days' at Ikon". Retrieved 7 August 2010. 

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