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.