ELITE project at Kickstarter.
Allen has found a highly entrepreneurial approach to teaching at Bucks, raising money through Kickstarter to get his ELITE novel off the ground, and helping to create opportunities for students at the same time. Alan runs the excellent Film and TV department at Bucks and also teaches creative writing.
Old Fogeys like myself get misty-eyed at the mere mention of Elite - one of the first video games available for the 32k BBC Computer back in the early 1980s, and one of the chief ways in which I wasted much of my pre-teen years.
Allen's goals at Kickstarter are multi-layered - if he gets the full £15,000 he will have enough to make a short film project.
So, Bucks animators - start polishing your spaceship animation skills. Allen may be calling on your talents.