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Official Selection – Rushes Soho Shorts

We’ve been selected to be in competition at the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, and it’s BAFTA accredited! It’s extra nice as they are the first festival to reply, so fingers crossed this 100% trend carries through (it won’t).

See the full Animation line up here: http://sohoshorts.wordpress.com/rssf-2011-official-selection-2/

We’re up against the big kids too, with BAFTA winning Eagleman StagAardmanBaby CowBBCStudio AKA, and Scottish BAFTA nominated Fixing Luka all being in the mix. Two of those were on the same UKFC funding scheme as Man In A Cat, so HIGH FIVES! It’s also pretty cool that we’re the featured image for the category.

Here’s the details of the screenings:

Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Saturday, 23 July  15.30   ICA – Cinema 1
Tuesday, 26 July   17.30    ICA – Cinema 2

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Here’s the program for the Animation Category:

Man In A Who?

Chris Randall from Second Home Studios has done a nice rundown of Man In A Cat, this year’s other Digishorts films and his fondness for the phrase, “Covered in a sheen of pooey mucous.” I really had to live up to that phrase.

What’s that? Oh, yeah. Here you go: secondhomestudios.com/blog/2011/05/26/man-in-a-what

 

I share some space with Chris at his Studio in Digbeth and I was there to witness the studio heaving and working around the clock to make this snazzy commercial for Pilsner Urquell:

Man In A Cat on IMDb

All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat) has got it’s own page on IMDb. If you’ve seen the film go on there and give it a rating and/or review!

Louis Interviewed by Sqwigly

Joseph Gammie from Skwigly did a pretty comprehensive interview with me about Man In A Cat. Read itHERE.

Skwigly’s pretty new on the block, and they do some really nice scratching-below-the-surface animation articles. Definitely worth a read.

New Spangly Press Photos

The very talented Jill Evans took some much needed press shots of us around the canals of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Jill was assisted by the equally super Daniel du Cros.

You can download higher quality images on Flickr… or lower quality images on Facebook (just because)

I think the most accurate comment of the day was being described as ‘The world’s weirdest boyband”.

 

Man in a Cat screening at Light House

We’ve had two screenings of our animated short All Consuming love (Man in a Cat) so far, and now there’s a screening at Wolverhampton’s Light House cinema on Tuesday, 5 April. In even better news, it’s free to the public, so you can come along, see the film and watch the five other Digishorts filmed commissioned along with ours.

Here’s what’s going on:

On Tuesday 5 April from 7pm the Light House in Wolverhampton will be screening six short films made by the most exciting filmmaking talent emerging from the West Midlands region. In partnership with the UK Film Council, Digishorts was a yearly scheme run by Screen WM offering West Midlands based filmmakers and animators the opportunity to produce innovative and striking short digital films. In its eighth and final year, the slate of films produced demonstrate regional filmmaking at its strongest.

I think we’ll be doing another panel discussion after the screening and we’ll be hanging around for a little afterwards to have a chat, so do come and say hi.

To book a free place at the screening, email ayesha@light-house.co.uk.

See you there!

Louis blurrily swigging fizzy water on the panel afterwards.

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.

Man In A Cat Dialogue Recording

Ah, the days when people wore just one layer… Here’s us recording with Kevin Eldon, Josie Long and Isabel Fay for Man In A Cat:

Jiff Goldbroom Makes An Entrance

Jiff Goldbroom‘s been around for a while. He’s our Dicey pseudonym for any spontaneous sillies and way to play with unstructured ideas away from the glare of our main YouTube channel. But today we made and uploaded something that people actually wanted to watch on there!

Last night Ian emailed me about the Charlie Chaplin’s Time Traveller video that splashed onto the Internet (First I’d heard about it) and an idea to have the woman with the obnoxious Nokia ringtone talking. Dom Joly’s mobile phone character was immediately the obvious choice.

I combed through some sketches and then the most difficult bit was dubbing me saying “20s” without it sounding complete cacky pants. Et voila, a quick silly viral ripping other people’s talented work! Big thanks to Graham Linehan and chums for telling Twitterland about it.

Here’s the original and our slice of silly:

Well Yoko likes it…

Sooo… Yoko Ono said she liked the John Lennon video. Yawn… No big ting.

This basically means that everyone else in the world can hate it now as it’s served its purpose. Yoko bloody Ono loves it!