Don’t Fear Death is still going on the festival circuit. This time at BritishShorts, aka LichtSpeilKlub Short Film Festival. We’ll be screening at the Animation Special Screening at Sputnik Kino on 25/1/2016, 8pm.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Here’s a video with all of the most Christmassy things in it: Santa, Rudolph, Snow, Cheer, drink driving, loads of spare skin, parasailing… the list goes on.
Despite a hectic schedule Santa’s taken some time out to celebrate reaching his goal weight with a spot of spare-skin-parasailing.
Sound design and ‘Joy To The World’ interpretation was by our recent collaborator Pete Styles.
The animation has also featured on Skwigly Magazine’s Advent Calender as a looping GIF:
Massive thanks to Dog and Rabbit who put the night on. It looks like a great lineup and worth going just for Chris Shepherd’s presenting style. There will be a few of us there so come along if you want to say Hi.
It’s a free and doors are open at 7pm for an 8pm start. You can tell them your coming here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ha-ha-shorts-tickets-18971531361
Here’s the Facebook Event if that does it for you: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504715969821607/
*EDIT* Croissant got a great reception. Here’s a video of the reaction:
After finishing DuckManBoy, and other projects we can’t chat about yet, we thought it was time to finally make a showreel. It’s also been about 5 years since starting production on Man In A Cat. Since then we’ve created stuff for Channel 4, Nickelodeon, BBC Comedy and Oxfam, and worked with some amazing people in the process.
That was fun. Everything is with Italian 60’s Pop.
It’s also been 6 years since my last freelance reel, so it’s nice finally showing off what I’ve done for other people between our Dice work. More Italian 60’s Pop:
We’ve also got a new website design and silly Dice ident to suit us better. We’ve always had an awkward relationship with the formality of ‘Dice Productions’. It’s like an embarrassing band name that’s too late to shake off. So, instead of starting again we’re styling it out with a silly rubbery neck, yellow paint, and a slide whistle.
We’ve had Ross Butter in the studio for the last few weeks animating on DuckManBoy. As he was leaving we collaborated on a heart (and lung) warming Christmassy GIF for Skwigly Magazine’s Advent Calendar. I think it was the first time I’ve ever jammed on the same scene with someone. It’s nice having a little idea and then just piling things on top of it without worrying about the consequences.
Don’t worry Rudolph. Santa will need his oxygen mask… any… second… now…
Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival is returning to its roots by putting on a night of animation screenings this Wednesday 15 October from 7pm at The Oobleck, Custard Factory, Digbeth.
Come along to say hello, have a drink, and watch some great animated films.
Louis and I are extremely pleased and excited to be able to say that we’ve been commissioned to make an animated comedy short for Nickelodeon!
Nick took over 600 pitches from around the world for the Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program 2014 and we’re in the top 8, so we are very proud to be part of the tiny selection of international shorts to be produced.
The shorts will air on Nickelodeon as well as on all Nickelodeon platforms, and will also be considered for long-form development. Louis will be directing and animating and I will be writing and producing.
Here’s the first image of our short DuckManBoy…
The new short commission comes after our recent shorts Don’t Fear Death and Gregory is a Dancer which we wrote, directed and produced for Channel 4. You can watch them on our videos page. It’s our fourth original film commission alongside a whole host of other projects.
Let’s make this thing!
I am very lucky. I don’t receive abuse online. I generally receive help, humour, tips, and friendly messages. But I know at lot of people have a very different experience online. And today I got a small taste of what people must get quite a lot. I received an email abusing me (mistakenly) for being brazen enough to have created an animated TV show (which I haven’t).
Even though it was not intended for me, it wasn’t very nice. I was going to censor some of the swearing, but it would do the guy too much justice. So, apologies for the rude words, but this is the email I received:
You are a bitch for making uncle Granpa. I hope you choke on the cock you suck. You are fucking ruining tv. Again you are a bitch nigga go fuck yourself whore
Not only is it a horrible thing to send to another human being, but it raised so many questions. Why the vitriol over a TV show ostensibly aimed at young people? Why did someone feel the need to email the creator directly to abuse them? Why did they think that person was me? A few seconds thinking through the thought process behind the email actually makes your brain hurt a bit.
So is this the way the world works now? You’re watching TV, you don’t like the cartoon that has been crafted by writers, producers, directors, and animators for your entertainment, and instead of changing the channel to one of the thousands at your disposal, or going online to steal something else to watch that you actually like, you email a creative person to abuse them directly with a mish-mash of racism, homophobia, and poor grammar? I’m not down with that.
For what it’s worth, Uncle Grandpa looks great. I absolutely loved the original pilot I saw and I hope the series matches its quirky, surreal charm. I also hope Peter Browngardt doesn’t get messages like this all the time. Easily shrugged off in one sense, but depressing in another when you consider the reasoning behind the actions.
Here’s the Uncle Grandpa pilot. If you don’t like it, please don’t email anyone to tell them. Thanks.
We’ll have our first bit of animation on terrestrial TV this Wednesday (6th March, 10.30pm)!
We created some fake interstitial adverts to go at the start of a soap called The Lane. They’re only small but we’re pleased with how they slot in with the rest of the show. A few months ago we went to a screening of the first two episodes and as expected the show’s fantastic. The Guardian’s already tipping Anna & Katy as the next Vic & Bob.
It’s really exciting at the moment to see a new wave of comedians, performers, writers and producers that are coming to TV and doing their job properly.
To get you in the mood watch Anna & Katy’s 2011 Comedy Lab episode HERE!
We had a great year in 2012, so we thought it would be a good idea to look back on some of the things that happened for us at Dice Productions but also to look forward and provide a preview of things to come from us this year. Let’s kick things of with the best of 2012 in our world of comedy, film, writing and animation…
Man in a Cat
Our short animated comedy All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) starring Kevin Eldon, Josie Long and Isabel Fay came into its own this year and did wonders on the festival circuit. It screened at over 40 festivals worldwide, winning prizes and accolades including:
- Best Comedy Short at London Short Film Festival
- Discovery Short Award at London Comedy Film Festival
- Best Story at Multivision, St Petersburg
- Independent Talent Award at Animated Exeter
- Best First Professional Film at Krok Animation Festival
- Best Animated Film at The Limelight Awards
Man in a Cat was also finalist at the British Animation Awards for the Best Short Film and Public Choice awards, finalist in Shooting People’s Film of the Month competition, and got a prestigious Staff Pick from Vimeo. The film also gained two distribution deals, through Magnet Film and Future Shorts, and was picked up by MTV’s Liquid Television in the US.
Don’t Fear Death
The exciting piece of news of 2012 was that we were commissioned by Channel 4’s Random Acts to make a new short film called Don’t Fear Death for the telly. It’s an animated comedy about the benefits of death. It’s a little twisted. We’re currently preparing and are just confirming our voice talent (which is incredibly exciting), so hopefully we’ll be adding some production notes to the blog soon.
We worked on some great projects with some cool people including:
- The Musical Mechanical Marvel – Animation on BAFTA-nominated short for Chris Randall at Second Home Studios
- Anna & Katy – Animated segments for the Channel 4 sketch show for Rough Cut TV.
- Oxfam – Directed and animated a short film for Oxfam’s International Women’s Day
- First Light Films – Animation and writing on ‘How To’ filmmaking videos with Steve Spencer of Nice Monster.
We also made a couple of things to amuse ourselves including this sketch called Lady Mail Man:
Plans for 2013
2013 is looking set to be an exciting year as production mode for Don’t Fear Death, our first solo TV commission, is already winding up. The film is due to air on Channel 4 later in the year before landing online, so we’ll keep you posted.
We’re judging the London Comedy Film Festival shorts competition in January and sometime after that we’ll be watching Anna & Katy on Channel 4, not just for the small, animated segments we made for it, but because it’s hilarious. We’ve seen the first two episodes and it’s smashing.
As well as working on several new animation projects and hopefully more TV, we’ll be making more short and snappy animations and sketches for our YouTube Channel and our own amusement (something we didn’t do enough of last year).
We’ve also got quite a few scripts up our sleeves too (it’s where we keep them) which we’ll be looking to get either produced or developed this year. We’ve got a sitcom, a live-action short, an animated series or two, and lots of sketches and new ideas to bring to life, so the backlog is certainly very healthy. If you want to talk to us about any or all of them, get in touch!
Finally, we’re on the look-out for representation, so if you’re an agent, or can recommend a good one for writing and/or directing, again, get in touch.
Have a wonderful new year from Dice Productions, from Louis and Ian.