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Finalists at the British Animation Awards

January’s been a bit of news-gasm, but do bear with us. It can’t go on like this all year (or could it…?). Anyway, the latest bit of news is that All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) has been selected as a finalist at the British Animation Awards in the Best Short Film category. Whoop, and indeed, de-doo.

This means we’ll be going along to the glitzy awards ceremony at the BFI on March 15th. (See artist’s impression of the awards).

We’re also up for the BAA Public Choice award so if you see the film at a BAA screening be sure to vote for us! We’re hosting a Birmingham screening of the Public Choice films at The Custard Factory on 9, 10, 11 Febraury. You can book tickets for the screenings (which include a free drink courtesy of Light House) on our Eventbrite page at: baawardsbham.eventbrite.com

 

 

Oxfam International Women’s Day video

Here’s a video Louis designed, animated and directed for Oxfam’s International Women’s Day. It was commissioned by Infinite Wisdom Productions who produced the script written by Matt & VinceChris Warren assisted with the animation.

The existing branding heavily uses silhouetted icons, so silhouetted characters made sense in terms of style and turnaround speed. The tapered character designs and painterly stamp textures helped give the video the elegance and dignity it needed. I also made sure to shoehorn in a few character animation techniques to give a little sparkle to the movement and acting.

Everything had to be turned around in about three weeks over Christmas, but I think we managed to make the limited style and schedule work to our advantage.

In preparation, I looked closer at Saul Bass‘s work and was pleasantly surprised by the strength of the line based character in his title sequence in It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Graphical animation usually needs to chuck out some real-world physics to accomodate the abstract imagery, which can clash with the mechanics of comic acting.

Here’s some stills from the title sequence of  It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World:

Man in a Cat picked out by Sight & Sound magazine

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It’s been a busy old news week, hasn’t it? So busy that we forgot to mention that All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) had been picked out by Sight & Sound magazine in it’s top-nine films at the London Short Film Festival, which is more than nice of them.

Here’s what Sight & Sound‘s Dylan Cave had to say about the film:

The festival opens with this weird hand-drawn animation about a tiny man who lives inside a stray cat. The cat is given shelter by a lonely young woman and the little man inside immediately falls in love with her, making plans to leave his feline home. An original, cheeky, and surprisingly coherent piece.

That’s right, “surprisingly coherent”. Louis says he wants that on his gravestone and I may hold him to it. And just so you know they’re not any old jokers:

Sight & Sound was first published in 1932 and in 1934 management of the magazine was handed to the nascent BFI, which still publishes the magazine today.

So there.

We’re going to be at the London Short Film Festival awards ceremony on Sunday 15th Jan so if you’re going to be there too say hello!

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.

Lennononandonandon

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