Friday, 6 July 2018

To stop your minds from wandering

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/467845824-skwigly-skwigly-podcast-82.mp3
In episode 82 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we look back on George Dunning’s iconic contribution to British animated cinema Yellow Submarine some fifty years on.
The film will be celebrating the lead-up to its 50th anniversary this Sunday (July 8th) through a number of newly-restored theatrical screenings across the UK in association with organisations such as Anim18, the BFI, Everyman Cinemas and Picturehouse Cinemas. Keep your eyes on the Anim18 website for future events including a screening at Birmingham’s MAC on the anniversary itself (July 17th) and a number of special interactive ‘singalong’ screenings from August.
This one gave me an excuse to feature a segment with my father Lynn who was among the weekend workers doing cel painting on the film in the mad rush to get it done. Also Laura-Beth speaks with Gillian Lacey, one of the film's Assistant Animators who would go on to set up the Leeds Animation Workshop and teach at the National Film and Television School.
Listen below or direct download:
Also discussed in this episode: The legacy of Smallfilms founder Peter Firmin who passed away earlier this month and whose own body of work (alongside co-founder Oliver Postgate) included such classic UK series as The Clangers and Bagpuss. Peter also guested on the podcast in episode 60 a couple years' back:

Monday, 2 July 2018

Chuck Amuck

http://nightofthetrampires.com/
Some more festival screenings for Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, Mike Mort's high-energy indie animated feature that I scribbled and yelled over last year. Its North American premiere at Montreal's Fantasia Festival is now set to take place 4:45pm on July 21st at Concordia's SGWU Auditorium and you can grab your tickets here.
http://frightfest.co.uk/
The following month it's finally screening here in the UK, so all being well I'll be able to catch its national premiere in London as part of Frightfest 2018. This one will be two screenings on August 25th at the Leicester Square Cineworld - 3:45pm on the Arrow Video screen and 4:15pm on the Horror Channel screen. Swing by and give it a look-see, 'cause they definitely don't make 'em like this anymore.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Fantasy Worlds

Yet another June screening for Sunscapades will take place next week. Marking its Venezuelan premiere, the film is part of the animation category official selection of the pleasingly-acronymed MIFVIF - Maracay International Film and Video Festival.
The animation screening takes place at 10am on the 24th at the Casa de las Artes Lounge 2.
http://nightofthetrampires.com/chuck-steel-at-fantasia-film-festival/
An event I don't yet have specifics for - but am quite excited about - is the Canadian premiere of Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, following a warmly-received world premiere at Annecy a couple weeks' back. This will be happening at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, although alas I'll have left the city by the time it kicks off. Tsk, always the way innit.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Academics and Philosophers

Next week I'll be stomping around my old stomping grounds of Montreal and, while my agenda is primarily syrup and bacon-oriented, my ever-brilliant spouse Laura-Beth will be in town to speak as part of the prestigious Society for Animation Studies Conference that this year takes place at Concordia University. For you animation academics who might be in attendance you can see her PhD presentation The changing face of replacement animation: how looking to the past can revolutionize the future of stop motion animation as part of the Auteurs and Experiments session that kicks off at 1:30pm at Concordia's De Seve Cinema. Among the other speakers are some fantastic artists including previous interviewees Janice Nadeau, Diane Obomsawin and my old UWE pal Philippe Vaucher.
https://www.atthefringe.org/film-festival
In a couple weeks' time my not-very-academic film Klementhro will be playing as part of the At The Fringe International Arts Festival in Tranås, Sweden. I now know it will be part of the program Philosophy in Spoken Words (the name of which in and of itself has made my day) that takes place July 1st at 2pm, the again July 2nd at noon. Check out their site for venue specifics and the full programme and whatnot.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Fringeworthy

Not to be outshine by plucky newcomer Sunscapades, my previous film Klementhro's still finding new places in the world to pester. Three-plus years down the line, the film's Swedish premiere will take place during the first week of July in Tranås for the international short film festival section of this year's At The Fringe International Arts Festival. Don't have specifics to hand just yet but as ever they'll be up here as soon as I know. In all these years I've never missed an opportunity to self-promote!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Junescapades

Sunscapades has snuck in another June screening, this time making its Portuguese debut at Porto 7 - Oporto International Short Film Festival.
These folks are eggs of the good-est variety, having included my other films Ground Running, The Naughty List and Klementhro at previous editions. For their eleventh they're screening their official selection every day from 9:30pm at the Castle Foz starting this Wednesday June 13th (when you catch Sunscapades) through to the 17th.
And it's free! So get yisselfs down there, no excuses.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Power Couple

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/454846152-skwigly-skwigly-podcast-81.mp3
For the eighty-first episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast I'm thrilled to have been able to speak with Alison Snowden and David Fine of Snowden Fine Animation.
Having met at the NFTS, the pair went on to work with the NFB for their short George and Rosemary and the Oscar-winning Bob’s Birthday that later inspired the hit adult animated sitcom Bob and Margaret.
Alison and David have teamed up again with the NFB for their latest film Animal Behaviour, their first new short film in over twenty years that will be taking major festivals by storm in the coming weeks, with official selections at Animafest Zagreb, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Anima Mundi.
Also discussed in this episode: Upcoming highlights from Annecy, the curious world of Disney’s early sequels, the misguided efforts of Circle 7 and the not-especially-destructive trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Direct download here or stream below:

Monday, 4 June 2018

Evenings in June

The sixteenth edition of Caostica is upon us and, as previously mentioned, Sunscapades will be among the animated shorts in the official selection. From perusing the line-up it looks like the film is part of the Friday all-nighter Artxandageddon Bizarre Party Vol. 4. Right on. The screening and other frivolities, including an awards ceremony and a bunch of DJ sets, kick off at the Artxanda Skating Rink on June 8th at 9pm and goes on until the wee hours. You can check out a flier for the full programme here.
It's always fun to hear that the films get screened in all sorts of unique settings and locales - over the years I've had work play at outdoor pools, on boats, in modern art museums, in antique bookstores and projected onto bedsheets. As cool as it is to add skating rinks to the list, the Free Range Film Festival has topped even this by literally holding their event inside a century-old barn. The festival takes place June 29th-30th at, according to their Facebook page, "the junctions of County Roads 1 and 4 just one mile south of Wrenshall, Minnesota."
and the US premiere for Sunscapades will be on the 30th around 9:30pm. I'm rather chuffed. Plus those of you who can make it to the event in person can go home with armfuls of fresh produce

Friday, 25 May 2018

All-nighter

https://multfest.ru/stat.php?id=441
Another exciting screening for Klementhro this coming Friday - it will be part of Big Animation Night, a massive five-hour event bringing together a bunch of the films that were gathered up by the folks from Russia's Big Cartoon Festival. As with other events spun off from this particular fest, this means my weird little film will have elbowed its way in amongst some of my absolute favourites of the last couple years, including Love, Negative Space, The Burden, Catherine, Wednesday With Goddard, Nighthawk, Ivan's Need, The Head Vanishes and Mr. Madila.
The event will take place at the in Moscow this Friday night at 10pm (which means Klementhro will show up around the 2:55am mark on Saturday - crikey, watching it on its own is enough of an endurance test) - for full programme info and tickets head over to the Karo cinema website.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Sol Power

Following on from last week's encouraging world premiere, I'm happy to be able to officially announce that Sunscapades will have its Spanish debut at the sixth edition of Caostica next month!
The event takes place in Bilbao from June 1st-11th, as ever when I have the specifics I'll let y'all know. In the meantime I want to give a special shout-out to fellow UWE-alum Nagore Rementeria for sorting me out with the Spanish subtitles.
Proper continental-like