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Shortlisted for Best Comedy Short at London Short Film Festival

In more awards news All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) has been shortlisted for the LoCo Award for Best Comedy Short at the 9th London Short Film Festival. We’re in the top three alongside Tequila (dir Jon Drever) and Tumult (dir Johnny Barrington).

The winning film will screen as LoCo’s Discovery Short, highlighting the best new talent at the London Comedy Film Festival, at the BFI Southbank in January 2012. The winning filmmaker will also receive a free place on their LoCollege course ‘Kickstart Your Comedy Career’, worth £100. Thanks to LoCo.

Here’s hoping, eh? We’ll be at the awards do on Sunday 15th Jan at the ICA so if you’re going along say hello! We’re @Ravonski and @Louishudson on the Twitters.

Shortlisted for the British Animation Awards

man in a cat british animation awards shortlist

All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) has been shortlisted in the Best Short Film category at the British Animation Awards. Woo!

The British Animation Awards is a totally unique event: the only one that brings together all the key players, and emerging and established talent, from the many and varied sectors of the UK animation scene, for an evening that is very different – and we think rather more fun! – than most Awards events.

The BAA shortlisted entries will be seen by the main jury in mid-January, who will decide on three finalists and a winner and it’s very exciting to be in the mix.

The film is also in programme three of the BAA Public Choice awards

The Public Choice Programme offers you – the audience – the chance to select your favourite films from a fantastic range of animation films made over the past two years.Three programmes containing a mix of animated shorts, music videos and commercials are screening at 21 venues across the UK.

So if you see the film out and about give us a vote! You can see the venues and screening dates for the Public Choice awards here.

Wish us luck!

Merry Christmas From Them

December got silly busy very quickly, so we didn’t have a chance to make you a jolly Christmas greeting. Instead, here’s a new Christmas card I designed and animated for Danish company, Go’Proces. They provided the script, which I’m not sure even makes sense in Danish.

In other news I’ve been busy directing/animating a nice little video for Oxfam with Matt & Vince and Infinite Wisdom over the last few weeks. More to come on that soon.

Man In A Cat Trailer

Here’s the long awaited trailer for Man In A Cat! Watch, like, share, leave comments… go nuts.

I’ve neglected a lot of the Man In A Cat‘s behind the scenes, but enough time’s past now for me to be able to deal with the post-traumatic flashbacks. So more behind the scenes to come.

Pitstop campaign animation

An animation we produced for Take a Pitstop has made its way online.

The idea was to raise awareness of Lymphoma in the under-30s so we tried to make something funny but got across a very serious message that could affect people’s health.

We worked with animator Matt Partridge with art direction from Zinc Design. The voices were done by Louis and Tom and the script was written by Ian.


Last week BBC Comedy asked me to animate to a rap by the very clever Dan Bull to commemorate John Lennon’s 70th Birthday and a blue plaque unveiling. After working out how to avoid some massive copyright litigation parties, I smashed it out in about 3 days. All animated and prettified in Flash.

Dan crams in as many John Lennon/Beatles songs and albums into the narrative as possible. So as big Beatles fans it was fun to geek out all over this baby, and of course I managed to shoehorn in a bit of nudity and a scat-laugh.

There’s always something you could alter, but we’re pretty chuffed with how it turned out with the small amount of time we had. Here’s the original BBC website link.

*Update* Ooh, and apparently we were featured on the BBC homepage too. Zing!

The Secret Identity of Santa Claus

Unwanted husband and father, Paul Slater is a check out assistant in Tesco. But Paul leads a secret double life… He is… Santa Claus!… in the Tesco Christmas Grotto Mega Value Clearance section.

Like the awkward time when you watched a loved one dissapointedly unwrap your present bought on a shoestring budget, I would have liked to have offered you a slightly bigger, more raunchy present, but time’s been tight lately. Where’s the sherry. Sherry will dull this guilt.
Trivia: I wrote this when I was 13. Gadzooks! 10 years ago! In the ’90s! Jesus. Here’s the original sketch while I go and spin out in the corner.
Circa 1999

Christmas Card Animation For Go’Proces:

Danish company Go’Proces: came to me with a script for an animated Christmas card. So I made one. It’s only occurred to me recently that Scandinavians have a particular sense of humour. Like the sort of joke that doesn’t have a punchline… or a joke. Just a big vast dark cold landscape of subtlety. I like!

As their friend base is exclusively Danish they decided not to go for subtitles, so good luck working out what they’re saying! Let me know what you think they’re saying so I can laugh at/with you.
Lastly, big up to long suffering Amy Commander for doing the voice of 6 characters – possibly even a man’s voice too with help from my computer.
P.S. Seems there’s some audio sync problems with this uploaded version.

Trick – Another Halloween Short

Here’s a Halloween short Louis did the animation for quite a while back for Will Rot. Probably best not show your kids this one – not the last 20 seconds in any case. Make that 30 seconds, sorry eyes.

How Not To Be Halloween Fabulous

Here’s a Halloween animated greeting card for y’all that I knocked up!

Seeing as statistically 67% of all males between 16 and 45 will be dressing up as Michael Jackson this Halloween (science doesn’t lie people) here’s a audio-visual forewarning entitled How Not To Be Halloween Fabulous, or How I Learnt to Stop Caring and Started Dressing as Michael Jackson

For some real advice on HOW to be Halloween Fabulous read Ian’s sage words of advice.