Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Spoilt for Choice

Although it's yet to embark on its festival rounds, my latest film Speed has managed to snag itself a place among the many fantastic recent UK-produced animated shorts in contention for the British Animation Awards! Ahead of the main event which takes place March 12th at BFI Southbank, the Public Choice screenings (comprised of three programmes, with Speed playing in the second) will be taking place at a variety of venues and universities across the UK over the next couple of months. Seeing what it's up against I'm honestly not holding out hope it'll get the popular vote, but I'm very happy to be tagging along and fingers crossed this is a good omen for how it does down the line.
The screening dates/venues for January are as follows:
If none of the above are close enough to you be sure to check back in February for the next batch!
Also this month it'll get a little preview outing over in Spain as part of Letto Studio's Micro Festival in Madrid. If you're in the area be sure to check out the festival's Micro Comedia 1 programme which takes place 6pm January 25th and 1pm January 26th at the Sala Equis.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Speeding into the new year

Happy end o' decade, everyone!
One thing I'm sure people are sick of is my propensity toward self-congratulatory posts about Sunscapades being screened at festivals. So in the spirit of turning over a new leaf, I'm going in to 2020 with a self-congratulatory post about my new film Speed being screened at festivals instead!
Lol I'm a cock.
That's right, I made a new film. Sneakily and in the background, enabled by the wonderful folks who run Shy Guys Studios. I'll hold back on the major details but needless to say it's pretty different tonally and graphically from Sunscapades (or any of my films really, though I suppose closer to Klementhro in terms of minimalist absurdism) and is actually a pretty old idea I came up with during my first trip to ITFS Stuttgart but I could never find a visual approach that fit until I started playing around with DUIK, a pretty incredible free character-rigging system developed for After Effects.
The first festival to officially announce its involvement is the brilliant British Shorts festival in Berlin. This marks my third consecutive of year of inclusion after they screened Klementhro in 2018 and Sunscapades last year, so it's safe to say it's an event I have a lot of love for. As before I'm in tremendous company, with other selected films including new and recent work by Lauren Orme, Robert Morgan, Anna Mantzaris, Caitlin McCarthy, Ben Steer and Laura Jayne Hodkin among others.
The screening will take place 8pm Sunday 19th at the Sputnik Kino at 7:30pm. Danke, chaps!